How to Maintain a Clean Home- 2 Easy Steps

Whether you live in a dorm, apartment or home, keeping your space clean is essential to your well-being.

A Huffington Post article states: “Eighty-four percent of recently stressed Americans say they worry that their home isn’t clean or organized enough, and within that group, 55 percent called it out as a source of recent stress.”Huffington Post 

That’s a lot of unnecessary stress! Don’t subject yourself to that stress when a clean, peaceful space is more attainable that you might think. Keeping a managed and clutter-free space will also reduce stress levels, improve your mood, and stimulate productivity!  

For many people, keeping a space clean can seem like an intimidating and time-consuming task. But, whether you are a mother of 3, college student, or young married, all spaces can be managed by maintaining these 2 simple steps: 

How to maintain a clean home with 2 easy steps

1.) Define a realistic daily cleaning checklist

2.) Designate a cleaning day

The key to maintaining a clean space is setting realistic goals for yourself.

Many people set their cleaning expectations  far too high for themselves, and end up giving up completely (at least I know I have!). It’s just not realistic for most of us to vacuum, mop and deep clean our bathrooms every day! Plus, you load on the guilt when you haven’t attained these perfectionist goals. When you set attainable goals, you can feel awesome about achieving them and want to maintain them! 

Personally I have found those two steps highly manageable, even during the busiest of weeks. And the great thing about these steps is that you can completely cater them to your life! 

So lets talk about these two steps!

1.) Define a realistic daily cleaning checklist

The key word here is r e a l i s t i c. Don’t put dusting the baseboards and deep cleaning your closet on your everyday checklist, because it’s just not going to happen. Rather, choose tasks that will keep your rooms tidy and are something you can definitely accomplish everyday.

For me this is:

  • Make the bed
  • Tidy desk and nightstand
  • Put all makeup away
  • Hang up/fold all clothes
  • Make sure bathroom is tidy (everything is put away and where it should be)
  • Load all dishes

Now this will look different for you! So cater your checklist to your needs, abilities, family, and time frame!

Sometimes I am able to get all of my checklist done in the morning, but other times I have to finish up when I come home from school and work. I at least try to have my bed made and surfaces tidy before I leave in the morning. 

2.) Designate a cleaning day

One designated cleaning day. That’s it! I personally choose Sunday because I have a window of space in the afternoon perfect for cleaning. Plus, I love starting out the week with a clean space, I can think so much more clearly. Choose a day that you consistently have a free window of time that can be devoted to cleaning. 

This day will be devoted to cleaning what you can’t get to on an everyday checklist. For me this is:

  • Cleaning the bathroom(s) (Sink, mirror, toilet, bathtub, change towels)
  • Wiping down surfaces (nightstand, desk, vanity)
  • Vacuuming
  • Mopping
  • Washing sheets

Now, just like the daily checklist, this will most likely look different to you, as all of our lives are different. But you get the idea, the things that require a bit more time and attention than you have every single day. It really depends on your space, but if you put in some headphones and devote yourself, I promise it will be over before you know it! And since you are keeping up with your daily cleaning the once a week things won’t be nearly as bad.

Most importantly, Go easy on yourself. None of us are perfect, and we all have those days where cleaning just gets pushed to the back of our to-do list. Just don’t give up on yourself! So you didn’t get around to tidying up yesterday and things got way out of control? That’s okay! Just do what you can everyday and take pride in what you did accomplish. Focus on your achievements, not your failures. 

I challenge you to try these two steps out and see how they work for your life. I can promise you your house will not be messier for it!

Let me know how these 2 steps work for you!

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