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

After: Master Bedroom

After: Master Bedroom

The newly redesigned master bedroom has dark wood floors, large windows and French doors, linen drapes and blue-gray walls.

From: Fixer Upper

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.

Clean Up Right After Dinner

Dishwasher Matches Other Kitchen Decor

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

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Cropped shot of woman carrying laundry basket

Photo by: Jupiterimages

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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

Perfect Pairing

Perfect Pairing

Quartz countertops with a smooth edge pair beautifully with the penny round tiles on the walls over the vanities.

Let me preface by saying I never clean my bathroom. Instead, I maintain a constantly clean one by wiping and swiping as I go.

Pick Up as You Go

Detail of Throw Pillows

Detail of Throw Pillows

Different patterned throw pillows in neutral tones top the neutral fabric sofa, complementing the fresh design.

Photo by: House of Jade Interiors

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

To-Do List

To-Do List

Photo by: Julia Sudnitskaya

Julia Sudnitskaya

Whether it's dusting your nightstands, organizing the sock drawer or vacuuming 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!

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Make It Beautiful

Create a closet that is not only functional but is beautiful! You'll naturally want to maintain a space that's lovely to look at more than you will want to keep up an unattractive one. Get inspired by these dream closets >>

Photo By: Stacey Brandford

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."

Photo By: Photography by Rachael Boling

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.

Photo By: Jonathan Allen

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.

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Stylish Storage

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 >>

The Drawers Have It

Keep laundry supplies and clothes waiting to be ironed and mended neatly tucked away in storage drawers adjacent to your washer and dryer.

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 >>

Closet Within a Closet

Plastic storage drawers can add tons of organization to any space. In a linen closet, use them to corral wash clothes and hand towels. The sturdy drawers also help piles of bath towels stay neat and upright on each side.

Photo By: Melissa George, Polished Habitat

Be Neat from the Start

Combat a rumpled and over-stuffed linen closet by folding neatly as soon as items come out of the dryer. Learn the easy way to fold a fitted sheet >>

Photo By: DK - House Works ©2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Contain Kid Clutter

Take advantage of a wide closet by manipulating shelving to accomodate smaller clothes. Add in a workspace that can be closed behind closet doors.

Photo By: Photographer: Christina Wedge

Labels for Toys

Let the kids know exactly where to put their toys to make clean up a breeze.

Photo By: Photo courtesy of Kelli Wilson

Make an Everyday Rule

If you don't use an appliance or tool in your kitchen every day, remove it from your countertops. Only pull it out when you need it.

Photo By: Stacey Brandford Photography

A Well-Stocked Pantry

Organize your pantry items by category. Keep vegetables, grains, fruits, condiments and baking items with each other. Check out more solutions for a picture-perfect pantry >>

Photo By: DK - House Works ©2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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.

Under Glass

If you're not quite ready to go completely open, consider using glass-door shelving to keep your shelves under control and free of dust.

Do Double Duty

Room dividing shelves neatly separate one area from another, but also provide storage.

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 >>

Photo By: John Merkl

De-Junk the Junk Drawer

Use clear Lucite organizers to keep that catchall drawer under control. Learn how to de-clutter your junk drawer here >>

Photo By: John Granen

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 >>

Photo By: Melissa George, Polished Habitat

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 >>

Repurposed

Use items from around the house to help you organize. For example, transform an old file cabinet into a storage bin for large yard tools. Add casters to the bottom to make it mobile for busy outdoor days.

Photo By: Haydee Letonja

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 >>

Photo By: Rethink Design Studio

Think Upwards

Use the height in your home to your advantage: Pile books high on tower shelves to use otherwise unused space.

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