Everyone wants to come home to a clean home at the end of the day, but most people think it takes tremendous effort to accomplish this goal. The truth is it just takes some planning and small daily habits to get your home in order. Use the tips in this blog post and you should notice an immediate difference in the way your home looks and feels. Remember, everything works if you do the work. So, be consistent with these new habits. If you only do them once or twice or week you won’t get the same results that daily effort brings forth.
Only Touch It Once
Are you the type who brings in the mail and leaves it on the table and then brings the mail to your desk? Maybe you’re the type to take something out of the fridge and puts it’s on the counter for the rest of the day. The point is this creates a lot of clutter and a big mess to clean up at the end of the day. Instead, take care of small household tasks as they pop up and have a place for everything. If it only takes 2 minutes than do it. It sounds cliche but it works. Don’t just leave things lying around. Put them where they belong the first time. If you’re always losing things in the clutter (like your prescription eyeglasses) than this tip will help you tremendously.
Make Your Garden Water Wise
Looking out your window to dried out grass isn’t a pretty sight to behold. Nor is it any fun having to dedicate hours of your weekend to have a beautiful yard. Here are some tips to reduce the amount of watering you need to do:
- Mulch installations – Mulch helps keep your plants watered for a longer amount of time. It also helps keep weeds down.
- Synthetic grass installations – Synthetic grass never needs to be watered, and therefore will drastically reduce your water bill. It also doesn’t need to mowed or weeded.
- Water early and deeply – If you can make room in your schedule to water your plants in the morning you won’t have to water them as often. This is because less water evaporates when you water your garden in the early morning hours. Be sure to water deeply.
No matter which of the above solutions you choose, you’ll spend less time in the yard, yet your yard will look better than ever.
Unload Your Dishwasher First Thing
While it may be tempting to have a cup of coffee as soon as you wake up, you’re better served if you take 5 minutes to unload your dishwasher as soon as you wake up. Of course you can have your coffee maker brewing, but make sure your dishwasher is unloaded before you have your first cup of java. This will prevent a backlog of dirty dishes from forming, which will take a lot long time to clean up all at once. If your dishwasher is empty you can load it up throughout the morning and evening as dishes need to be cleaned. This is a lot easier to keep up with and will keep your kitchen looking beautiful.
Take Your Garbage Out Every Day
It may sound drastic, but it really makes sense to take your garbage out of every single day. Garbage not only stinks up your home, it attracts bugs. If your family doesn’t create enough garbage to fill up a standard sized trash bag, then switch to plastic grocery bags. At the end of the day empty all of your garbage cans and bring all of it to your outdoor garbage bins.
Keep a To Do List
It’s a lot easier to manage your home if you keep a to-do list. In fact, it would be very helpful to have a notebook for this exact purpose. After all, what else in life can you successfully keep track of just in your mind? Probably nothing and your home is no exception. So, get a notebook and on the top of the first sheet of paper put the date and title “Weekly Home Caring Tasks”(doesn’t home caring feel a lot better than chores). The next thing you need to do is write down all of the major tasks you want to accomplish for the week. Then you just check them off as they get done. It’s also helpful to get some sticky notes and write down the daily tasks you need to accomplish to get it all done. A little bit of cleaning and organizing every day prevents a weekend full of cleaning.
Make Your Home Smell Great
No matter what kind of windows are installed in your home, it helps to open them every day to air out your home. Nothing really beats fresh air. After you have your morning cup of coffee crack all the windows open and treat yourself to some fresh air as you get ready for the day. Be sure to close them before you leave. Here are a few ways to perfume your home once you’ve aired it out:
- Light your favorite incense or scented candle every day.
- Fill you slow cooker with water and add a handful of cinnamon sticks. Allow that to simmer all day.
- Add bars of lavender soap to your dresser drawers. Every time you open your dresser you’ll be greeted with a beautiful aroma.
- Fill a small spray bottle with water and 20 drops of lavender oil. Shake the bottle up and spray your bed before you go to sleep.
Let Nature In
It’s really nice to see flowers first thing in the morning. House plants and vases of flowers go a long way to brighten up your home. Here are a few ways to enjoy them:
- A vase of fresh roses on your kitchen table
- Orchids and bamboo plants in your bathroom
- Sprawling philodendron on your bookcase
- A pot of rosemary in your kitchen window
The small amount of effort required to keep your houseplants alive and your vased flowers perky is worth it.