Before we get started, I'll confess, these quick tips are nothing new. They can be found all over the internet, your mother probably said it, your grandmother probably said it, and even your common sense has probably whispered it in your ear. That being said, sometimes it helps to read them in black and white. This article is a collection of five tips and tricks that make getting a clean and healthy home a cinch.
#1: Put dirty clothes in hamper immediately
This one is the easiest to say but the hardest to execute. I know I have three boys that live at home and their mom can hardly keep up. If you can keep the clothes in the hamper it will make laundry day easier and quicker plus you don’t have to run around the house throwing clothes under beds when your mother makes a surprise visit.
#2: Clean the pots and pans used during meal preparation immediately
Ok, I know this is not on your favorite thing to do list but rest assured if you can make this a habit you will find that the kitchen stays remarkably clean and the stove and preparation areas do not have buildup of grease and grime. A quick final wipe down with a disinfectant wipe and, POW! your kitchen is clean and ready to go.
#3: Keep a shoe and coat rack at the front door
This one resolution will prevent the back of the couch from looking like your 2nd hand store and help ensure that nobody goes outside without the proper attire. As an added benefit you will not have the mud from the yet-to-come monsoons tracking through the entire house.
#4: Post a cleaning schedule on the fridge that includes vacuuming and dusting at least twice a week
Alright, this is for all the parents reading this article. Kids are your household employees and should participate in the overall health of the home. Pre-schedule your kids' chores so that the basic cleaning gets done daily and at least one major chore gets accomplished weekly. This resolution should encourage a population spike, and if it were me, I wouldn’t stop until I had a scrubbing bubbles team of kids. For those with only one child try and recruit the neighbor kids by cooking some cookies and paying one cookie for each chore.
#5: A place for everything and everything in its place
A simple phrase but when executed nightly your home will maintain that “I’m not afraid to have my stepmother drop by” attitude. Every night recruit the family to put everything away in its proper place and for the toys and games part of that process is a quick toy wipe down with your favorite brand of cleaning wipes.
Bonus: Here’s a “How to clean your room” graphic to help your kids learn how to clean their room easily.