Do you feel like your home is in a disorganized mess that you’re always tidying up? If so, you may be lacking structure in your cleaning routine. Creating simple habits will help you avoid the clutter and mess that always seems to accumulate at home. Once you begin practicing these new habits, you’ll start to notice how much easier it is to keep your space in tip-top shape and create a clean and organized home.
If you’re not sure where to start, don’t worry, we’re here to help. We tapped some of the top cleaning and organizing experts across North America., from Surrey, BC to Sarasota, FL, and asked them to share their best advice. These 8 daily tasks will help you keep your home clean and organized from top to bottom.
1. Keep your surfaces clear. Don’t cover your flat surfaces (i.e. dressers/nightstands/coffee table/bookshelves) with knick-knacks. Try to keep a maximum of six items on surfaces. They will collect dust quickly and make it a laborious task to keep clean. Houses that stay the cleanest are ones that don’t have a lot of clutter. – Caliber Cleaning
2. Deal with trash immediately. Keep trash receptacles in the garage, kitchen, kid rooms, bathrooms, office, and laundry room. Putting trash in its place will keep your home looking neat and clean. – Organizing by Lisa
3. Don’t have too many drop zones. Clear the clutter and designate one space as a drop zone. This can be a dedicated mudroom or a bench by the entry door with pretty baskets underneath labeled for each family member. Add a shallow basket or tray on top to organize incoming mail. Next, install hooks above the bench for each member of the family. This drop zone will serve as a sweet little space for all those things your family needs when leaving and entering the house. – Tidy Style Pro Organizers
4. If you pick it up, put it away. Creating this habit greatly reduces clutter making it easier and faster to clean all parts of your house. – Organized Home / Organized Office by Karen Duncan
5. Clean and cook at the same time. Do you sometimes feel like you’re just standing around waiting for food to cook and not getting anything done? To make good use of this time, we recommend cleaning as you cook. This includes wiping down counters, washing out the pots and pans you’ve already dirtied, and sweeping up crumbs on the floor – all while your food is cooking on the stove. – Los Angeles Cleaning Services
6. Aim to be proactive instead of reactive when tidying up. Think of tasks to do now to help your future self. Although it may add another item to your to-do list, checking off a task now, instead of saving it for tomorrow, is an easy gift you can give yourself. – The Arranged Abode
7. Have an end-of-day routine. Spend 15-20 minutes at the end of your day:
- Returning items you’ve used to their proper home.
- Prioritizing for the next day (check your calendar and to-do list and make a plan).
- Placing items you or your family may need for the next day by your entry door so you don’t waste time in the morning rushing around trying to find them. – – Lori Krolik, More Time For You. A professional organizing company located in Palo Alto, CA
8. Don’t put it down, put it back. It sounds simple but putting an item back where it belongs immediately after you are done using it will help maintain your space. This will eliminate the extra steps of making mental notes to do so. You may have the intention to do it later, but life is busy and interruptions happen. Creating a “home” for each type of item is the first step. Maintaining order is not something that happens magically. It requires getting procedures in place that will work for you. – Sarasota Professional Organizers, Sarasota, FL