14 Easy Cleaning Habits You Can Start Today for a Spotless Home
Wipe Down Countertops
Put Away the Day's Clothes
Break the habit of tossing the day's clothes on the floor or another surface at night. Decide which items need laundering and place them immediately in your hamper or laundry basket. Hang or fold and put away any clothing you plan to wear again before washing.
Reset the Living Room
Take a few minutes each day, whether first thing in the morning or at night, to reset your living room. Pick up any clutter that doesn't belong in the room and take it elsewhere, paying special attention to items on the floor or the coffee table. Fold throw blankets and fluff up pillows and sofa cushions to make the space look presentable again.
Create a Cleaning Caddy
Stock a cleaning caddy with the essentials so you're ready to strike when messes arise. Be sure to include multi-purpose cleaners, brushes, sponges, microfiber cloths, and other frequently used cleaning supplies. When a well-edited collection of everything you need is always ready to go, there's one less obstacle between you and a clean home.
Complete Cleaning Tasks Now
It's much easier to do a little cleaning now than to make time for a lot later. Make it a habit to tackle cleaning duties as soon as they're needed, instead of letting chores pile up for a later time. Fresh spills and splatters are also simpler to clean up than set-in stains or stuck-on messes.
Keep Shoes at the Door
Drastically decrease the amount of dirt and debris tracked in daily by stopping all footwear at the door. Corral shoes with a basket or cubbies in your entryway. Consider keeping a few extra pairs of comfy slippers on hand for guests.
Keep the Dining Table Clear
Have a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to clutter on the dining room table. Its cleanliness defines the entire room, so don't allow papers, projects, or miscellaneous items to pile up on its surface. A clear table ensures you're always ready for the next meal or activity.
Start a Junk Basket
Make Your Bed Every Morning
Dedicate an Incoming-Papers Basket
Create a system to manage paperwork as soon as it enters your home. Every piece of mail, document, invitation, receipt, and other paper stops here before eventually getting sorted into its rightful place. This will help keep your countertops and other flat surfaces clear while putting an end to time wasted looking for misplaced papers.
Clean Your Toilet in Two Seconds
Clear the Kitchen Sink
Clean Shower After Every Use
After each shower, quickly wipe down the tile or glass to keep surfaces free of water spots, mineral deposits, and soap scum, all but eliminating the need for deep cleans. For glass-door showers, use a squeegee to clear away drips that can lead to hard-water deposits later. Spray tiled or fiberglass surfaces with a daily shower cleaner ($2, Target) to prevent buildup before it starts.
Do Five-Minute Cleanups Nightly
Set a timer for five minutes and clean up what you can before the time is up. Hit as many rooms as you can while focusing on small tasks, such as picking up toys or clothes off the floor, that take only a few seconds. Save larger cleaning duties for another time.