BY Janet Miller
Do you live in fear of people stopping by your house? Are you worried that people will trip over the pile of clothes in your hallway? Or the kids’ toys in the living room? Do you envy your friend’s immaculate home and wonder why your house is always such a mess? Aspiring to have a clean home is great, making it a reality can be difficult. Here are 7 habits of people who always have a clean house.
They use natural products
There is no need for heavy chemicals for the most part. You probably already have the natural cleaners you need in your kitchen. For example, lemon is a natural deodorizer and bleaching agent. It removes stains effectively and cuts through grease with ease. If you have plastic food containers that smell, simply soak them in lemon juice overnight and the smell will be gone the next day. White vinegar is also an excellent all-purpose cleaner. It can be used to eliminate odors, clean toilet stains, remove weeds, remove gum and erase crayon.
They get rid of the extras
Look around your house, how many Christmas lights do you have? How many of things do you have versus what you need? We all have boxes in our basements filled with things we don’t need, extra decorations, reams of wrapping paper, knick-knacks of various sorts, old board games, toys, and clothes that are too small, old or outdated to ever wear again. If you clean out your house, donate what you don’t need, throw out what doesn’t work and organize what’s left, you will be well on your way to a cleaner, more organized, peaceful living environment.
They stay organized
Organization is a key component to a clean house. Organization only works if you have a system you can live with and maintain. The system that is put into place needs to be one that fits your style. When you walk into the house at the end of the day put your stuff away. Whatever you’re wearing should go back into the closet or into the laundry at the end of the day. Don’t drape clothes over a chair or leave shoes lying around everything has its place.
They dust and vacuum regularly
This is especially crucial if you have pets or kids. Vacuuming daily can really add an extra level of cleanliness to your household surfaces. That being said that is a lot for most people to maintain, vacuuming once a week will keep the floors of your house presentable. If you have no time, getting the best robot vacuum will also do the trick. Pets and kids have a way of leaving dust and dirt in more places than you ever imagined possible.
They control the paper
Many of us have piles of papers taking over our tables, our desks and even our beds. We are inundated with mail these days, magazines, catalogs, bills, donation requests and so much more. Rather than opening these items and putting them in a pile where they get lost put everything in its place. Bills should be filed immediately, menus, coupons and such can be put in another so you can find them when you need them. The most important part of controlling the paper in your house is to purge regularly. Look through all the piles, file the items you need and recycle the rest.
They use the bed only for sleep and sex
This is a tough one. Your bed is not a show piece and it is not a bookcase. While a bed should be comfortable it does not need 10 pillows and five blankets. The decorative pillows and all the extra blankets and shams all end up the floor don’t they? Anything that you need to take off your bed to sleep shouldn’t be there in the first place. The bed is also not a storage place for books, papers or clothes. If it needs to be used for this purpose it is time to schedule a purge. Also, try to make your bed every day. It will make your home feel neater and more organized.
They clean counters after using them
Wipe down the surfaces of your home after you use them. If you brush your teeth, clean the bathroom sink and counter, if you cook a meal, wipe down the kitchen counter and scrub the stove. After you eat, clean the table. It takes a few seconds but suddenly your house will shine. In addition, it will help keep the surfaces of your home in tip top shape. If you let dirt or grease build up over time in your home it can be very hard to restore these surfaces to their original condition.
With a few lifestyle changes you can become that person who can have friends over at a moment’s notice. You can have the house that everyone marvels at and have friends wonder how you keep everything clean. Little changes to your daily routine can add up to big changes in your environment.
Janet Miller is a mom of four, personal development coach and cofounder of Jen Reviews. She is a dedicated yogi and spends much of her free time writing. Connect with her on http://www.twitter.com/janetmiller168