Some people just seem to have homes that are always clean no matter what. If having a home like this sounds great to you, there are a few tricks that can help you out! Here are a few semi-sneaky clean home secrets of people who always have clean houses!
Don’t you just wish you could be one of those people with a house that just seems to stay clean no matter what? It always seems totally effortless, but having a home like that is never without a little clever work behind the scenes. I’m not necessarily claiming to be one of these people myself, but I can play one on TV pretty well when the need arises. 🙂 I thought it would be fun today to share a few little tricks that people with effortlessly-clean homes employ so you can learn to look like one of those people too, if you have the desire to do so. Here are some of my favourite clean home secrets from people with houses that are always clean!
Clean Home Secret: Just “Clean Enough”
People who have homes that seem to be perfectly clean at all times are, in fact, not the perfectionists that you might think them to be. In fact, their homes are far from perfectly clean; they’re really just “clean enough”. These people just focus mainly on the big things, the things that you’ll notice. They don’t worry if they miss a spot because they know that they’ll be back around to cleaning that same area the next day, and they’ll probably get it then. When we get wrapped up in trying to get things absolutely perfect, we often end up not doing it at all, waiting until we have time to do that tasks perfectly. And that time just never seems to come!
People who just focus on getting their homes clean enough know that it’s so much better to have a home that’s 95% clean all the time, rather than a home that’s 110% clean for one day a month. And no one can really tell the difference anyway! 🙂
Clean Home Secret: Don’t Waste Time With Cleaners
I love a good homemade cleaner recipe that makes my home smell fresh and clean and gives my surfaces a little extra sparkle. The truth is though, that making these cleaners takes time that sometimes just isn’t available. Even searching in a cupboard for the right store bought cleaner, using it correctly, then putting it away can take up extra cleaning minutes and it’s really not always necessary. So many cleaning tasks around the house can be done with just a cloth or other simple cleaning tool – either dry or damp. This method often gets you to the exact same result as you get with a more complicated cleaning routine: You end up with clean looking rooms, but usually much more quickly.
Clean Home Secret: Keep Your Decor Up to Date
I almost hate to say this, because I don’t really believe in updating your decor just for the sake of updating it if you already love the way your home looks. There’s no denying though that a home that looks like its decor has been recently updated, even just a little bit, does look instantly fresher and more well-cared-for. Even adding in just one new (or new-to-you) piece to a room can really make an entire space feel less tired. As a bonus, changing up your decor a little bit will usually motivate you to straighten things up a bit and clear away some of the dust bunnies from a room that you may have just gotten used to.
Clean Home Secret: Clean As You Go
People with effortlessly clean homes are actually kind of always cleaning, but it gets to the point where it doesn’t feel like cleaning because it’s just kind of a natural part of everything they do. Most people would call this method “Clean As You Go”. Making lunches? Wipe down the counters when you’re done. Renovating a room? Mop the floors at the end of the day and wipe down the baseboards. Decorating for a holiday? Dust and wipe everything down as you’re putting things out.
Every once in awhile when you’re “cleaning as you go” you may find yourself getting a little carried away, and that’s just fine. When tasks naturally get piggy-backed onto other tasks because you just can’t help yourself, your future to-do list is automatically shortened as well.
Clean Home Secret: Use Tools That Actually Work
I’ve often said that you should spend more money on your cleaning tools as opposed to your cleaners and I still absolutely believe that. There’s one thing I should add though: You definitely want to make sure that the tools that you’re using are actually working for you and making your life easier. It seems obvious, but it can be hard to make the call to toss something that isn’t working for you when you’ve spent good money on it.
People with effortlessly clean homes know their time is precious and they have lots to do, so they’re extra intentional with their cleaning time. That means that sometimes they need to realize that their time is more important in the long run than saving a few dollars here and there, so they let something go when it’s not working and make sure that they find something that does work they way they need it to.
Some of my favourite simple tools that do the trick:
- A high quality ostrich feather duster (grabs dust and won’t let go until you give it a good shake outside)
- An assortment of microfibre cloths for cleaning and polishing various surfaces around your home
- An easy-to-work-with mop for quick touch-ups on all floors
- Rubber brushes and brooms for dealing with pet fur
What are some of your favourite sneaky tricks for making your house look like it’s always clean?
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Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.