Keep your home sparkling clean with these 5 easy suggestions
Keeping a clean home might seem like an endless chore, but it doesn’t have to be. With the right system in place and a routine to follow, it will soon become part of your regular lifestyle. Instead of making it a once-in-blue-moon chore, incorporate quick fixes to your daily routine and see how clean your home gets in no time.
We’ve compiled some of our favorite tips for a clean home to get you started.
Make your bed
It sounds simple, but it is very effective. Starting your day on the right, tidy note can set the mood for what’s to come. It only takes a few minutes of effort but will make a world of difference to the look of your bedroom. You don’t need to master the art of tucking the bedsheet in as tight as they do in hotels. You can even opt for a simple duvet cover to pull over and you’re done.
Pro tip: Less is more when it comes to bedding. Sure lots of pillows and throws look great but sticking to the essentials will get you finishing up the chore quicker. Invest in good pillows, blankets, and duvet sets and you’re good to go.
Do the laundry
There’s nothing worse than a pile of dirty laundry that’s waiting to be washed, dried, ironed, and folded at once. Make it part of your daily routine so you’re taking care of one task on a day-to-day basis. You might run the washing machine or dryer once a week, but dedicate other days to folding, ironing, and sorting. Make it a point to put away a complete load as soon as it’s done or it will lie in the machine for days.
Pro tip: For an extra clean home, launder more than just your clothes. Wash bedding, curtains, cushion covers, shoes, and towels regularly. Separate your load by color to avoid ruining them, and read labels carefully. Some materials cannot be thrown into the machine with the rest and need to be hand-washed or dry-cleaned.
Get the whole house involved
Things get tougher when there are more people living in a home, and it gets harder to clean according to different people’s schedules and timings. The key is to incorporate it into the household routine and get the whole family or roommates involved. Teach children to pick up after themselves, put their toys away after they are done playing, and take part in easy chores. This can be as simple as taking the trash out, cleaning their room, or loading the dishwasher.
Pro tip: Draw up a rota system so everyone in the house gets a chance to do all the chores and cleaning is allocated equally. Hang it up in a common area like the kitchen so everyone has access to the timetable and knows what to expect for weeks ahead. You may also incentivize kids with a rewards system.
Put items away
This applies to everything. Once you’re done using something, put it away right then or it will lie around till your home becomes an impossible mess. Tidying up immediately not only helps when impromptu guests drop by but also provides you with a sense of accomplishment and lowers anxiety as well. After a night of Netflix and relaxation, you might be tempted to leave your snacks, books, and gadgets lying around. But putting them away in bookcases for the night will make the room clean and fresh when you wake up the next morning.
Pro tip: Set aside 10 minutes every night before you go to bed for picking up and putting away anything that is not in its place. Making it a timed activity will ensure that the important jobs get done, and you will be at peace as you settle in for the night. This goes for keeping your kitchen sink free of dirty dishes as well. There’s nothing worse than waking up to a full and smelly sink that could have been sorted out the previous evening. Instead, start your day on a fresh, clean note.
Never leave a spill for later
You know what they say about stitches in time. Spills and messes happen, but to avoid a disaster it is best to take care of them as soon as they occur. The few minutes you spend wiping it up will save you hours in dealing with set stains and gross caked-up residue later on. This is even more important when it comes to items like sofas or bedding that quickly absorb dark liquid into their cushioning. Dab with a damp cloth and rinse repeatedly. For tougher stains, you may need to keep an upholstery cleaner in the vicinity.
Pro tip: Read labels and do your research before attempting to clean a spill. Leather is easily cleaned with a touch of vinegar in lukewarm water. Carpets or rugs can be blotted and then shampooed using regular soap. Take a look at CasaOne’s furniture care guidelines for more information.
These 5 tips are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to keeping a clean home. With a little time and the right amount of effort, cleaning habits will easily be part of your routine. For more home hacks and tips, check out our blog and transform your home the easy way.
- What are the quickest ideas for cleaning a home?
Some quick fixes to keep a clean home include making the bed every day, wiping a mess as soon as it occurs, and dusting all surfaces twice a week. Take the trash out from every room on a daily basis, or as needed.
- What are the basic requirements for house cleaning?
Some basic elements of keeping a clean house start with maintaining the tidiness and overall appearance of your space. Keep your rooms dust-free and fix any peeling paint, loose screws, and flickering lights.
- What are some deep house cleaning tips?
Deep cleaning starts with looking at those easy-to-miss corners that usually get forgotten. Clean under the kitchen sink, behind the stove, and other big appliances and wipe down fans and air conditioners.
- How do you keep a house clean?
Basic house cleaning starts with dusting all surfaces and wiping them with a damp cloth. Whether you have a carpeted or tiled floor, a vacuum cleaner makes it quick and easy to clean your floors. If your floors are tiled you can choose to mop them or do so only if there are major spills and sticky areas.