Cleaning & Organizing

10 Simple Habits of Women Who Always Have a Clean House

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There’s something about spring that makes me want to romanticize every little thing in my life—especially at home. The sunshine and warmer weather have me itching to open the windows and give my entire apartment a refresh, but more than that, this season makes me want to embrace all things clean and fresh. However, if you’ve spent the last couple of months putting off household chores in anticipation of spring cleaning season, your to-do list is going to be very overwhelming. If you’re like me, you could probably learn a thing or two from those people with perpetually immaculate homes, where everything is in its place, and every surface is spotless. If you’re trying to channel that same energy this spring, there are a few simple habits that can help you keep your home neat more often than not. Read on for the simple habits you can learn from women who always have a clean house.

1. Make the bed every morning

Making your bed only takes a few minutes, and it’s a simple way to start your day with a win. It’s easy for the bedroom to get cluttered, especially if you get ready for the day here, and a made bed will instantly make the space feel put together. It might even inspire you to tackle that pile of laundry in the corner or put your shoes away while you’re at it.

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2. Put dishes away immediately

A sink piled high with dishes can be overwhelming, and the same goes for plates and cups scattered around your living room (I’m guilty of both, TBH). Instead of letting the dishes sit, load them in the dishwasher right after you eat. If you don’t have a dishwasher, hand wash them in the sink and set them on a drying rack. It will only take a few minutes and will save you from a giant dishwashing sesh later in the day.

3. Clean while you cook

Let’s be real: Cooking gets messy. Cleaning while you go saves you from having to deal with a stack of dirty pots and pans afterward, and it keeps the kitchen organized as well. Opt for chill vibes and keep dish towels handy for spills, pick up anything that gets dropped on the floor immediately, and wash dishes as you go. Once you’re done with your meal, take the extra few minutes it takes to put your kitchen back to its original state. You might just be tempted to cook more often if your kitchen doesn’t turn into a disaster zone every time you make dinner.

4. Keep the refrigerator tidy

Expired food can wreck the vibe when opening your fridge. To keep better tabs on things, make it a habit to check in on your fridge weekly. Toss any expired food, wipe down any surfaces that need it, and organize it in a way that makes grabbing your favorites easy.

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5. Regularly do laundry

A heap of laundry can send shivers down anyone’s spine, especially since the bigger the load, the longer it takes to fold and put away. If you tend to have an overflowing hamper, try to do a smaller load of laundry during the middle of the week. This will then break down all of your laundry into smaller loads and prevent a huge mound of clothes from piling up. Then, throw on a podcast or turn on a favorite show while you fold.

6. Stay on top of trash

There’s nothing worse than a smelly kitchen, and nine times out of 10, bad kitchen odors are because of the trash can. Be sure to take the trash out regularly, and keep the trash can itself clean as well. Make emptying the trash part of your evening routine, especially on nights when you cook and throw away food scraps.

7. Know where everything goes

The key to keeping clutter at bay is to make sure every little thing in your home has a place. If you’re not sure where to put your keys, mail, shoes, empty Amazon boxes, or whatever else you may have lying around—take some time to organize and decide where your things live. This will keep the chaos to a minimum as long as everything goes back to where it lives.

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8. Wipe down surfaces

A quick swipe of the kitchen and bathroom counters throughout the day is one of the easiest cleaning habits to pick up. Wiping down surfaces is key to a clean house, and it only takes a few seconds. Keep a hand towel nearby in your bathroom to wipe up any excess water after you brush your teeth or wash your face. Wipe down kitchen counters after dinner, and do a quick sweep of your dining table, too. Sparkly clean surfaces keep your spaces looking and feeling clean, so try to do it often!

9. Tidy up before bed

A closing shift is essential for anyone who wants a perpetually clean house. It always feels good to wake up to a tidy kitchen and living room—and the magic happens the night before. Take some time before bed to put things away, fluff pillows, run the dishwasher, and set yourself up for a smooth morning. Your future self will thank you.

10. Keep a cleaning schedule

A clean house doesn’t happen without effort and organization. Anyone with a consistently clean home no doubt follows a schedule. Whether you save your cleaning spree for a Sunday afternoon or do a little bit every day, a cleaning schedule will keep you on track. It’s helpful to break down your cleaning tasks into daily, weekly, and monthly lists and to save deep cleaning projects to just once a month or even seasonally.