There’s no better feeling than finally settling into your new home after the long process of moving! After unpacking, your home is finally organized, clean, and everything seems to be in the right place. But now that you are comfortable in your new home, you may notice the clutter beginning to accumulate and your cleaning becoming less frequent. Want to keep things looking neat, tidy, and new?! No problem! There are easy, simple changes you can make to keep your home looking great!
It may sound simple, but bathroom counters, kitchen islands, and other work spaces can quickly become cluttered if you don’t put things away after you’re done using them. Keeping everything in its right place will prevent the build-up of clutter and make cleaning much easier. Consider buying cabinets, shelving, and other storage furniture if you don’t have enough storage space in your home.
It may be tempting to save all your cleaning for one or two days of the week. Many of us like to save cleaning for the weekend, but if you keep up on cleaning throughout the week, you’ll be able to spend your free time relaxing! Cleaning throughout the week also makes the prospect of cleaning less intimidating. Trying to do everything all at once can be overwhelming, so do your best to clean a little each day.
To make cleaning easier, be mindful of things you do that contribute to the mess! You’ll be surprised how much work you’ll save yourself by making some small changes. Take dirty shoes off before walking through your home, try to not keep dirty dishes out on the table or in the sink, and make sure your clothes actually make it into the hamper (and off the floor). If you know it’s hard for you to stay organized, label where things are supposed to go. If you feel unorganized or things look cluttered, take the time to regroup and reorganize.
These changes will be different for each person, but the best way to keep clean is not make less of a mess!
Though keeping clean and staying organized is important, you don’t need to overdo it. There will be times where your busy life gets in the way of cleaning and staying organized and that’s okay! Don’t be too hard on yourself (or others) when this happens.
If you don’t live alone, you shouldn’t be the only one cleaning! Getting others involved makes the process or keeping clean and organized easier and faster. Try to come up with a plan. If you have roommates, try your best to keep shared spaces tidy and clean up after yourself. Divide the work among roommates to ensure no one is doing all the work. Families can do the same! If you have children, assigning weekly tasks and/or chores is a great way to get them involved. Encourage kids to clean up their toys after playing, and make a game out of it! Cleaning doesn’t have to be a bore!