Six best kept House Cleaning Secrets for a Clean Home that will allow you and your home to shine 95% of the time. Yes, your home can shine and sparkle even if you only spend a few minutes here and there cleaning each day.
Have you ever stepped into else someone’s home and thought, why does their home always look so clean? Those homemakers have a few tricks up their sleeves.
No matter how large or small your home, if you have a home on wheels or a brick and mortar home, homemaking is a skill that everyone can rock at. I share the six best keep secrets for a clean home with you can start right now.
What’s the difference between cleaning and tidying?
Cleaning means removing dirt from the space like wiping down surfaces with an all-purpose spray or dusting furniture. Tidying means making your home look more put together or orderly.
Six Best Kept House Cleaning Secrets for a Clean Home
These might be “secrets” but I encourage you to share these secrets with family and friends. Let them in on the secrets so that they too can enjoy a clean home too!
#1 House Cleaning Secret:
Homes that look clean 95% aren’t usually spotless and clean. Instead, they are tidy. A good idea is to spend 15-20 minutes at the end of the day tidying up your home for the next day. The secret isn’t for a perfectly clean home, but for a tidy home. This reset is meant to get your home back to a good enough, clean-ish level.
Create a list of 4-6 chores or tasks that will help you reset your home every day. Then set a 15-minute timer and reset your home.
Here is what our daily reset looks like:
- do the dishes
- plan next day activities
- set out clothes
- tidy up kitchen
- tidy up the living room
You can read more in detail about this daily reset here, Simple Cleaning Routine. But the trick is to do this every day so that way when you wake up in the morning you are able to immediately jump into the day.
#2 House Cleaning Secret:
The next house cleaning secret is to use a house cleaning checklist. A checklist does three things:
- Gives you a focus on what you need to clean
- Allows you to feel accomplished
- Serves as a reminder for what you already cleaned
Often times when it comes to cleaning, especially when we don’t want to clean, we have no idea where to start. Using a checklist allows you to know exactly where to start and keeps you focused. Plus, it always feels good to check items off of a list.
#3 House Cleaning Secret:
Use products you enjoy
There is something magical about the scents and smells of a freshly cleaned home. Finding scents that you enjoy using helps with the motivation; 15 Ideas for How to Motivate Yourself to Clean. Find products that give you joy and happiness when you use them. If you do, you are more likely to keep a clean home.
#4 House Cleaning Secret:
Stick to a routine/schedule
Stick to a cleaning schedule, even when you don’t feel like it. This will allow your home to stay at a clean level. Find a schedule or routine that fits you and your family. If you only have one hour once a week to clean, then do that. Or if you have more time throughout the week to clean doing a few short 15 minutes, then do that.
Find a cleaning style/routine that works for you HERE, from Cas the Clutterbug. But to summarize, here are the different cleaning styles:
Do you prefer cleaning for a large chunk of time? For instance, cleaning the entire house on a Saturday afternoon for an hour. Do you only have one day a week to focus on your home? If this sounds like a good fit, then devote a couple of hours one or two days every weekend to work through the cleaning checklist.
Do you prefer cleaning more frequently but in bursts? Let’s say, cleaning the house for 20 minutes 5 days a week. Are you home a fair amount and are able to carve out, a 15-minute cleaning session each day most days? If this sounds more up your alley, then set aside 15 -20 minutes five days a week to work through the cleaning checklist.
Are you more focused on completing a single task for the entire house? To give you an idea, you vacuum the entire house before moving on to dusting the entire house. I call this task cleaning.
Are you more drawn to completing an entire room before moving onto another part of the house? For example, cleaning the entire kitchen from top to bottom before moving onto cleaning the dining room. You are completing a room in your home or zone cleaning.
For your home to stay clean, stick with a cleaning schedule or routine that works for you. Even if it’s cleaning for 15 minutes a few days a week. Stick with it no matter what, even if that means you need to set a reminder on your phone.
#5 House Cleaning Secret:
Three task tidy before guest arrive
Before guests arrive at your home, it is always good to have the three main cleaning tasks that you want to tackle to make your home look cozy, inviting, and clean. Pick three chores that you know your guests will notice.
For us we do the following cleaning tasks:
- trash out
- dishes are washed (or in the dishwasher)
- floors vacuumed
You pick three chores that will allow your home to look clean, even when it’s still a bit messy.
#6 House Cleaning Secret:
Simplify your environment
Out of all the secrets, if you only do this one homemaking secret, I promise you will get results; declutter your space. No matter how clean your home is, if it’s full of clutter, it will always look dirty. Go through your home and declutter when you have time.
The trick to making this secret work is to consistently go through your home and remove excess clutter that you no longer need or use.
Set a 5-minute timer, grab a trash bag and donatable box, and get decluttering. Even if you only remove a few items from your space. It will automatically look cleaner and more organized.
House Cleaning Secrets Conclusion:
Even if you are a pro at cleaning your home or a beginner, I hope my six house cleaning secrets help inspire you. Let me know in the comment section, what is one of your house cleaning secrets?