How To Make Sure Your House Is Clean

Living in a clean home is good for us. It’s good for our physical health, as we aren’t living around germs and dirt, and it’s good for our mental health, as being in a clean and tidy space is something that can calm us and make us less anxious. Housework is a chore that most of us dislike, but it is important to do it regularly. Here are some tips for a cleaner home this year; once you get started, and you see the results, it will be much easier to keep up the habit.

Living in a clean home is good for us. Here are tips to make sure your house is clean this year; once you get started, it will be easier.Photo by Karolina Grabowska from Pexels

How To Make Sure Your House Is Clean

Circle The Kitchen 

If you have a good routine in place, cleaning becomes a much quicker task, even if the room is rather dirty before you begin. When it comes to the kitchen, it’s best to start with the stove, as this tends to be the dirtiest area and will take the most time. Plus, if it’s cleaned first, you won’t be spreading more dirt onto it as you go around.

Once that is clean, move clockwise around the kitchen, leaving pots and pans to soak in the sink as you clean if you need to and scrubbing them at the end. 

The kitchen sink is – as hard as it might be to believe – often more germ-ridden than a toilet seat, so spending some time on that area is a must. Clean the sink with soap and water to begin with, and then use vinegar followed by hydrogen peroxide (don’t mix the two, though). You can even make your sink shiny by buffing it with mineral oil. 

Clean The Carpets 

Running a vacuum cleaner across your carpets is a definite task to add to your weekly (or more frequently) list, especially if you have pets. However, to really get the carpet properly cleaned, you will need to use something else. The best idea is to hire professionals to come and deep clean your carpet for you. They will have all the right tools and products to ensure that all the dirt and germs (even those you can’t see) are removed. 

Doing this every year is a good plan as it will ensure that the dirt build-up doesn’t go on for too long and will keep your home much cleaner. 

Tackle The Shower Door 

No matter how clean and sparkling the rest of your bathroom is, the glass shower door can often let it down. These are notoriously hard to clean as limescale easily builds up. The good news is that it is a simple fix to stop the water from streaking them and making them look dirty. Simply rub one teaspoon of lemon oil across the glass around twice a month. The water will roll easily off the layer of oil instead of running down the glass and making it look dirty. Alternatively, you can hire a bathroom cleaning service, especially if you start to see problems developing like mould on the walls.

Get A Broom

Most people will own some kind of tool to get their floors clean, but not that many have a good indoor broom. Once you invest in one, however, you’ll wonder how you ever managed without it. 

A broom has many benefits:

  • It’s lightweight
  • Easy and quick to use
  • It works 

Having a broom to hand means not having to pull the vacuum out of the closet and take the time to plug it in and drag it around. With a broom, you can quickly remove spills and dirt as you go, ensuring that your home looks neater plus, when you do come to do the vacuuming, there is less to clear up. 

Open The Windows 

When you’re cleaning up your home you can get extremely hot, and that will make you uncomfortable. That will lead on to making you feel short-tempered, and the easiest of tasks can take on a much more difficult feeling. 

Simply by opening the windows to ensure there is a draft breezing around your home as you clean will help you to feel a lot less stressed. If the weather is bad or it’s far too cold, use your air conditioning or a fan for the same effect. 

Take One Room At A Time

If your current cleaning routine is to do all the dusting, then all the vacuuming, then all the glass cleaning, and so on, you might be causing yourself stress that you don’t need to have. Instead of taking the housework by task, take it by room. If you can complete one entire room and have it sparkling clean and ultra-tidy, you will feel more accomplished and calmer as you move on to the next room. Plus, if you get distracted or interrupted, it will be easier to get back to the work afterward. 

You could even split the housework up over the week in this way, thoroughly cleaning one room each day so that you save yourself time and get into a good routine. 

Use Flower And Live Plants

You can quickly brighten and freshen up any part of your house by placing a bouquet of flowers in a vase on a table or windowsill or having some brilliant green plants – possibly with an extra burst of color from their own blossoms – in the corner of a room or by a doorway. Use them all throughout the area, and you’ll notice that everything seems more fresh, light, and alive.

The pleasant, flowery aroma that many of these plants and flowers emit will contribute to the impression of cleanliness and freshness in your home, as well as making the whole house appear more comfortable and inviting. This is why real estate brokers like to arrange residences with a lot of fresh flowers and greenery.

Remove Your Clutter

No matter how hard you try to keep your house clean, if it is cluttered, it will never seem as clean and gorgeous as it might. Furthermore, having a lot of ‘stuff’ around just means that there is more to clean.

You must declutter in order to get the nice, fresh sensation you want. That involves getting rid of whatever you don’t need. If you choose, you can find a new, far nicer home for it; alternatively, you could try and sell it online, host a garage sale or give it to charity. If the objects you’re getting rid of aren’t useful to anybody, you’ll have to take them to the trash. The ultimate effect will be a lot fresher, cleaner, and tidier house.

Of course, if the ‘stuff’ you find is useful, such as tools for DIY or anything that has come from a pipe supplier, and it’s simply that they’re in the wrong place, just tidy them away. Don’t leave things lying about your home, as it will never look or feel clean. 

Make Your Bed

Some people believe that making the bed is a waste of time, yet it makes a significant difference in the appearance of the room and only takes a few minutes. Furthermore, it begins the day nicely, and it’s delightful to crawl into a made bed at the end of the day. Reduce your linens as much as possible to make life easy. Consider reducing the amount of pillows on your bed or selecting a big enough cover or duvet such as 13.5 tog duvets, so you don’t have to tuck your sheets in.

Do A Nightly Clean Up

Make a habit of doing a 15-minute evening clean-up as a family. For some reason, cleaning up doesn’t seem nearly so unpleasant when everybody does it. Set a timer and focus only on the top cleaning objectives. While you finish up the kitchen after cooking with the kids, cleaning, or fold and put away clothing, the kids can tidy their rooms or perform other little domestic duties. Begin with the items that are producing the most of a mess or causing a lot of clutter, as well as any must-dos that should be completed before going to bed.

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