Keeping a house clean, especially when you have kids, may seem like an ongoing endeavor that is never over. However, living in a clean environment is very important for living a healthy life. From my mother, I learned first the importance of keeping your home clean and free of clutter. She used to tell me that a person who lives in a dirty home cannot feel clean inside either. It was also her who taught me all kinds of smart things to do to keep things tidy. I combined her teachings with other new methods I have learned along the way and now I am offering you the list.
First things first, I never buy things we do not need. I know that it is inherent to developed country to spend a lot of money, but I think that waste is never a good thing. Cluttering your home with all kinds of stuff you don’t need and you don’t even like is not a good idea. So, in our house, it is a rule that no one should get or ask for things that are not meant to be used.
I always keep an eye on clutter and I prefer to clean as I go throughout the day. A comforter that does not sit straight, or a small pile of dishes waiting to be clean, can turn into a natural disaster, if you are not careful. Spending a lot of time at the end of the week to clean everything means that you are only giving yourself way too much work to do and you are also condemning yourself to live in disorganized home until cleaning day.
A thing I noticed that helps me a lot since I moved to the US is a stick vacuum cleaner. Of course, proper vacuuming should be done once or twice a week, but in the meantime a lot of dirt and dust can gather inside your home. I prefer having a stick vacuum cleaner nearby, since I can use it for small spills and I can store it away fast, without too much trouble.
Throw away things you do not need. I know that I mentioned about not getting things you do not need, but I am extending this rule right here. Old things, some that have outlived their usefulness, or things that have broken, all must be thrown away. If you are just keeping them around, with no real purpose for them, they will just end up crowding and cluttering your space.
So, these are my tips for keeping a house clean. I hope they will help you organize your cleaning habits, too. Let me know if you have other basic tips to include in this short list.