Being a good housekeeper is all about habits. Everyone want their house to be clean, smelling fresh, inviting to guests and family at all times. We don’t want to be ashamed of of the way we keep our house, or rather don’t keep (at least not the way we wish we would).
But, then again, it’s all about habits. And step by step, one day after another, you can learn and teach yourself to maintain a healthy housekeeping lifestyle – one that does not demand your full time and effort, but a natural part of life, easy and routine.
To make your life easier, here are some good basic tips:
Find a Way to Handle The Clutter
Clutter will find it’s way in the jungle of your home life. Your mission would be to find a system, a reliable routine you can trust to keep clutter from accumulating, and in the same time reduces the need for cleaning and post clutter operations. It is also called the one touch rule.
For example, find a designated place for dirty cloths, or toss the junk mail straight to the garbage. When you receive junk mail and just keep it laying around, you will have to deal with it twice instead of just once. Multiply that by everything you let laying around, and imagine how much time and effort you will save by having a system – and sticking to it.
Have a Regular Place for Everything
Keys can go into a bowl in the entrance of the house, newspapers stacked in a pile on the coffee table and the dog’s food in the corner of the washing machine room. Wherever, whatever, just keep a fixed place for your stuff – and keep it going. Creatures of habits, you and your family will get used to it and it will become easier and way less of a hassle just to put everything in it’s right place. Again, putting things randomly and then picking them up, doubles the work.
Focus on The Kitchen
You should have a cleaning routine all around the house, but really keep close attention to the kitchen. One reason is that part for the bathroom – and maybe even more so – it’s a possible dirt and germs breeding area, and health wise it should really be kept clean and organized . Other than that, The kitchen gets dirty, visibly dirty, very easily. The rest of the house can be kept in good shape for a few days without special attention, but your kitchen can’t. It needs a system and a watchful eye, as it is also one the most visited and used rooms of the house. Take couple of minutes in the end of each day to take a look and see if there’s any mess left.
To some extent, this is true to the living room also, as it is the “centerpiece” room of the house.
Have a solid routine for these two heavy traffic rooms, and your life will become much cleaner and healthier.
Begin Your Day With the Making of Your Bed
Habits, as we said, are acquired, and not something that falls on us from the sky. So in each day onto itself, it’s a good idea to start the day off with a sign of cleanliness and order. By making the bed first thing in the morning, you set the tone for the rest of the day and signify to yourself that keeping things in order is natural and part of everyday life.
Plus, you will have the pleasure of walking into a tidy bedroom at the end of the day, which is great onto itself.
Think About Your House as What it Really is – Your Home
We get used to our house and forget it is actually our home. We can shape it, design it, set its tone and mood. It is up to us, even when we are caught up in “life” to remember that and think about how we want our home to feel and look.
Try to imagine how it would be perfect for you, feel it, love it – and then form a plan suitable for your needs and time you have to spend on it. Housekeeping should be goal oriented, not just a hassle or something you do because you have to.
In the end, it’s all about what suits your needs and wants. About how your want to shape your housekeeping habits and lifestyle in the home you maintain.