6 Things People With Super Clean Homes Do Every Day
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Are you tired of frantically wiping and swiping every time someone comes to visit? Or better yet, would you like to reduce or eliminate the impending sense of doom you feel as cleaning day approaches? By incorporating these simple cleaning habits into your daily routine, you can become one of those magical people whose home is always super clean and guest-ready.
Make the Bed
As my snooze-button-hitting self knows, making my bed daily is one of the most difficult habits to maintain. But, it's so worth it. Not only does it instantly make your room look cleaner, but it's been suggested that people who make their beds daily actually sleep better! Tidy bed = seriously awesome zzz's.
Expert Tips: How to Make Your Bed Properly
Clean Up Right After Dinner
Dishwasher Matches Other Kitchen Decor
If your existing appliances work well, forgo new, costly replacements. "Consider putting a new panel over your current refrigerator door," Costa suggests. But don't squander the potential to increase the kitchen's functionality for the sake of cost, she adds. If a new dishwasher or a convection oven will make life easier, take the plunge and invest in that new appliance.
Don't leave the dishes until tomorrow. If a plate, pan or fork is used, rinse it and put it in the dishwasher. It's that easy! Once that's done, wipe down all those sticky cooking surfaces and spot-sweep any stray crumbs that fell while cooking. You'll sleep much better knowing there isn't a hot kitchen mess waiting for you in the morning.
Quick Tip: Clean as you cook to make after dinner cleanup a breeze.
Do One Load of Laundry
Does it seem like your laundry suddenly piles up out of the blue? Keep on top of laundry (and closet clutter) by doing one manageable load each day, or every few days, depending on the amount of clothes-wearers in your household.
"Clean" the Bathroom
Let me preface by saying I never clean my bathroom. Instead, I maintain a constantly clean one by wiping and swiping as I go.
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Pick Up as You Go
House of Jade Interiors
Straighten couch pillows, put hair tools back in their proper spots and store shoes neatly back in the closet immediately after you use them. These simple tasks take just a few seconds but will make your home look and feel so much cleaner.
Check One Item Off Your To-Do List
Whether it's dusting your nightstands, organizing the sock drawer or vacumming highly-trafficked areas, checking one small cleaning task off your to-do list each day will keep housework from feeling overwhelming. Plus, you'll never have to sacrifice a Saturday to cleaning ever again!
Make It Beautiful
Shoe Storage, Solved
Clean up your closet and keep your footwear in tip-top shape with uniform shoe storage containers. Label each box with a snapshot of the enclosed pair, and store special-occasion shoes on the top shelf. Get more clever shoe storage ideas >>
No More Nightstand Woes
Any designer will tell you that selecting a nightstand with interior storage is the best way to keep the top clear of clutter. But if you fall in love with a bedside table that doesn't have as much stowaway space as you need, "use decorative storage boxes to keep small items organized," says designer Linda McDougal. "And there are certain things you should always plan to keep on top of the nightstand: a lamp, a coaster for a glass of water and a couple of books."
Make the Bed
Treat your bed as the sanctuary it is by positioning it for use every day. If you spend three minutes each morning to tuck and fold, you'll develop a habit of keeping order in the room, which may translate into motivation for picking up the pile of clothes on the floor.
Create a Reading Nook
Rescue your reading chair from clothes and magazines by adding proper organization to a bedroom's reading nook. Next to a comfortable chair, place a side table with drawers and/or shelves to keep piles of books off the floor. Keep one shelf for library books and another for your permanent collections. To promote an uncluttered feeling, make sure you have fewer books than fit the space.
Gone are the days of hiding storage containers under beds or in closets. Make organization a breeze by incorporating stylish bins in with your decor. In this Paige Morse bathroom, an African basket provides a chic spot to deposit wet towels. See more gorgeous storage containers you won't be embarrassed to leave out >>
Don't Forget About the Doors
Another overlooked storage spot is the back of the doors in your laundry room. Look for storage solutions that were designed for closets as a starting point. While the unit in the photo above works great for supplies, you could also use things like over-the-door shoe storage for small supplies. Even simple hooks mounted on the door would provide some additional space to hang laundry bags or hangers for drying delicate items.
Keep It Logical
Linen closets can get overwhelmed with "stuff." Ask yourself where you use your linens and let your answer govern what goes into your linen closet. A good rule of thumb: you only need two sets of sheets per bed. Toss or donate the rest. Get more storage and organization secrets >>
Keep an Open Mind
For a clean, contemporary look, consider installing open shelving in your kitchen. Because of its constant visibility, open shelving will encourage you to keep your kitchen items tidy and organized.
Craft Room De-Cluttered
No designated craft room? No problem! An over-the-door organizer is a great, small-space solution for storing gift wrap, tissue paper, riboon and more. See more of this beautifully organized craft room from HGTV Magazine >>
Eliminate Piles of Paper
Is your home office drowning in paper clutter? Clean it up with these tips from professional organizer, Vicki Norris:
1: Create an area within your Work Center for papers that need immediate action.
2: Store paper associated with clients or ongoing projects in an area that is easily accessible and within your view.
3: Establish a permanent filing system for papers you will reference, but not on a regular basis.
4: Toss, shred or recycle papers you no longer need or use. Get more office organization tips >>
Clear the Entryway
The entryway brings the outside in — along with boots, umbrellas and overcoats. Plan storage for outerwear and foul weather gear near the front door for an organized home. Get 9 more tips for organizing the entryway >>
Beautify Your Bookshelves
To create a striking display, arrange books in small groups rather than simply filling every shelf end to end. Remove their jackets, then gather books with different heights and thicknesses in similar colors and pair them with sculptural bookends. Learn how to style your bookshelves like the pros >>