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How hard can it be, to keep our homes basically clean?
For some of us – quite a lot of us – VERY!!!
We are all juggling so much – aren’t we? – parenting, work, looking after others.
Plus ALL those tiny niggling stresses of our busy-busy world.
Which together can leave us feeling so overwhelmed.
SO the last thing we want to do when we collapse after a hectic day is tidy up after everyone, clean the sink or attack the laundry invasion threatening to take over the house!
AND most of us are NOT helped by the advice delivered by the home making gurus – Martha Stewart & co! – from their picture perfect, sumptious sitting rooms and cosy kitchens.
They’re good at this stuff. And actually enjoy it.
And we’re not. We don’t. So it’s different.
The clever stuff that works for them just leaves us more confused!
AND feeling a bit more rubbish about ourselves.
So what can we do?
Well I can tell you, decluttering DOES make the BIGGEST difference.
And there are super simple steps to start get started here.
BUT in the meantime I have found there are 7 easy daily cleaning habits that HELP big time!
They make MORE difference than you would ever imagine.
And BECAUSE they are so small they quickly become habits you can do on auto pilot.
EVEN when you’re feeling totally overwhelmed.
Doing these few things everyday or as often as I can really does keep our house under control.
I so hope they help. DO give them a go. And let me know how you get on.
7 Easy Daily Cleaning Habits
1. Put The Bins Out
This sounds like the simplest thing.
BUT honestly on a bad day, if you do nothing else, do this.
It’s weird but psychologically, it makes you feel instantly better.
And actually more able to tackle other stuff.
And you might not believe this but it seriously helps you declutter.
2. Start The Day With An Empty Dishwasher
OK. This is my second must do that makes a MASSIVE difference.
Starting the day with an empty dishwasher means stuff doesn’t pile up on the table, on the worktops and in the sink.
SO when you need to cook, you’re just cooking.
And NOT clearing an Everest size pile of dirty dishes first.
PLUS it’s the easiest thing in the world to get your family to help with.
Even a small child can put their cup and plate in the dishwasher.
I put ours on last thing and empty it – half awake – every morning before breakfast.
It so helps.
3. Quick Wipe Worktops & Sweep Up Crumbs
And if everyone puts their own stuff in the dishwasher, it’s super speedy to wipe down tables, worktops and the sink with a micro fibre cloth.
If you haven’t tried micro fibre cloths, I CANNOT recommend enough.
They are the quickest way to clean effectively. AND save you money.
AND help the planet BECAUSE they let you cut out all the dodgy cleaning sprays you don’t need.
They really do make it a two minute job.
THEN just sweep up obvious crumbs so they’re not trampled round the house.
4. Make The Beds
You’ve probably been told this before, but making your bed first thing DOES help.
There are even whole books written about it’s magical powers now!
I never ever used to make my bed.
But the habit is now so engrained it’s harder not to.
And it not only makes going to bed so much pleasanter.
It truly does kick start the day and make you feel immediately better about your home.
5. Chuck One Load Of Laundry In
How we all manage to generate so much laundry I do not know.
I swear it takes up more time than it used to take my granny pre-washing machine!
And there is NOTHING so depressing as an overflowing laundry basket.
I have tried all sorts of ways to get on top of it.
And am convinced the best solution now is to chuck a load in every single day you can.
THEN – and this is a biggie – assume you are NOT going to iron it.
AND hang it straight away.
90% of stuff, you will, get away without ironing.
6. Whizz Wipe Round The Bathroom
The bathroom for me always feels like a massive job.
So I avoid it. And it gets worse!!
The trick – I’ve discovered the hard way – is little AND often.
A whizz wipe around with a micro fibre cloths last thing and when you’re in the shower.
And a quick daily brush of the loo.
WILL do more good than a massive
once a week less-often-than-I-should clean.
7. Hit One Room For 15 Minutes
Right my final daily habit is to hit one room for 15 minutes.
Pick some stuff up. Put the vaccum on if you’ve got the energy.
AND keep your eyes open for 10 little things you will be happier without.
An odd sock. An outgrown top. Dried up mascara. An unloved book.
And pop them in the bin, the recycling or your charity bag.
If you can manage this everyday – or even every other – you WILL see a BIG difference.
AND you will feel better. And less out of control.
So there you go 7 easy daily(ish) cleaning habits to keep your home under control.
Particularly when you’re struggling.
I do hope they help. Let me know.
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