Maintaining a clean and tidy home already takes some work, and it becomes even more difficult if you’re quite the busy bee or if you’re someone who struggles to keep things spic and span. Even so, no one wants to live in a dirty, cluttered home. So here are home hacks for easy cleaning — especially for those who hate the chore.
Make Your Bed as Soon as You Wake Up
Start the day right! Making your bed is a simple task that takes five minutes or less to accomplish. It’s also one of the most effective ways to keep your bedroom looking neat. When you make your bed in the morning, you set the tone for the rest of your day — you get into that mindset that you can always take small, simple steps to keep your home tidy.
Microfiber cloths and towels are a godsend for people who don’t like to clean. Be sure to get the high-quality ones with split fibers, so that you can hold more dust, dirt, and liquid with each swipe. The beauty of microfiber is that it has a positive charge, which easily attracts and lifts dust particles (which have a negative charge). The split structure of the fiber also means that once the cloth or towel picks up the dirt, it won’t let those debris go until you wash it.
What’s more, you can use microfiber cloths and towels on practically everything. Whether it’s glass or wooden tabletops, the tiles in your bathroom, or your kitchen sink, — just wipe them down with a microfiber cloth or towel to remove the dust and dirt. For more delicate items like TV or computer screens, camera lenses, and similar surfaces, make sure to use a clean microfiber cloth so that the trapped dust and dirt will not scratch them.
Wash Dishes as Soon as You’re Done Eating
This is similar to making your bed as soon as you wake up. Getting the small things out of the way immediately means that you don’t have to deal with a bigger chore later on. Just think about what’s easier to do — two plates or ten? Sure, you can leave the dishes to soak so it’s easier scrub them, but letting the dishes pile up just leads to a more time-consuming task later on.
This also applies to other small tasks, like wiping the kitchen counters after cooking, storing items properly as soon as you’re done using them (how many times have looked for a stray pair of scissors?), and putting away clean laundry.
Keep Clutter Away from Sight
You’ll be surprised by the amount of clutter that even a small home can accumulate. One way to keep things looking tidy is to keep all that clutter away with the help of creative yet functional storage. For example, place a small basket near the TV to store all of your remote controls. Put a small bench in the bathroom that doubles as a storage box for spare toothbrushes and toothpaste, fresh toilet paper rolls, and extra hygiene products. Designate a tray or two in the home office where rulers, scissors, pens, adhesive tapes, and other supplies can be deposited. This is easier to accomplish if you live alone; if not, just make sure that every member of the household knows the purpose of each storage unit. Plus, points if you can make it look like a natural part of the décor!
Create a Cleaning Routine
Some people do their better if they stick to a routine, so it also makes sense if you want to follow a fixed schedule for cleaning your home. Would you prefer to accomplish all the “dry” chores first, like dusting and sweeping, before the “wet” chores like mopping and washing the dishes? Do you like setting up your coffee machine first before you make your bed in the morning, so you have a cup of joe ready once you’re finished? Decide what your cleaning priorities are and create routines around these tasks that would be most comfortable for you. Start small — perhaps two to three routines, at first — so that you don’t get overwhelmed. It will become easier to add a few more once you get used to the initial routines you’ve set.
Cleaning may not be the most appealing of tasks, but it is a necessary one. It’s not just for aesthetic purposes — a clean home is safe, more comfortable, and also better for your health. So, roll your sleeves up and get a head start on cleaning with these few simple tips!