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12 habits of people who always have a clean house

Is your house always a mess? Here are 12 habits that will help keep your home clean and organized.

12 habits of people who always have a clean house

Is your house always a mess? Here are 12 habits that will help keep your home clean and organized.
  • I love a clean home. It makes me happy to be in an environment that is clean and well-organized. If I lived alone I could probably get away with cleaning my house once a month; but that's not my reality.

  • Three things make my house less than tidy, and require me to clean on a regular basis:

  • 1. Pets

    • I have three cats, so keeping cat hair, litter and food particles to a minimum is always a challenge.
  • 2. My Elderly Mother

    • Old people make a mess. No way around it; we'll all be there someday.
  • 3. Kids

    • By nature of their personalities, kids make messes; and if they didn't, they are probably not being kids.
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  • But it doesn't look that way, and here are the 12 habits I utilize to keep it clean:

  • 1. I put my clothes away

  • When I take my clothes off, or walk in the house, whatever I'm wearing is either put away or put in the laundry. I don't throw them over a chair or throw them on the floor. All my clothes have a place, and they go there at the end of the day without exception. It takes less time to do this each night than it does to run around looking for the other match to a pair of socks or your favorite jeans.

  • 2. I don't own extras of anything

  • This wasn't always the case. I used to have extras of everything. But once I decided I wanted to live a simple life, I had to make decisions about what I was going to keep and what I was going to get rid of. I remember the day I was organizing the attic and found 30 sets of Christmas lights, enough lights for three trees or more. I tested them all, threw away what wasn't working any longer, kept the ones I wanted and gave away the rest.

  • 3. I keep papers organized

  • If you have piles of papers all over your home then you'll really want to consider adopting this habit! It takes less effort to file papers immediately instead of keeping papers hanging around the house. When bills come in, put them in one place and after you've paid the bills, file immediately. Keep menus, coupons and other mail you may need in one place so you can find what you need and purge regularly.

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  • 4. I wipe down surfaces after every use

  • After I cook, brush my teeth, make a sandwich, put on my makeup - whatever I do, I wipe down the surface I just used. I can't stand to see a dirty sink, stove top or counters, so I make it a habit to do a quick wipe of the area to keep it looking neat and clean. It takes only a few seconds to wipe down the area you just used and it stays clean and disinfected, ready to be used again. Most importantly, if you let grease and grime build up over time, it's almost impossible to restore it to its original condition.

  • 5. My bed is for sleeping, not storing

  • My mother was a borderline hoarder and always had junk on her bed. It drove me crazy to see this and I couldn't understand why anyone would leave junk on their bed. I mean, it interferes with your sleep, right? My bed is used for its intended purpose, which doesn't include storing clothes or other items. If you need your bed to put your clothes on, you're probably due for a major clothing purge.

  • 6. I have a reasonable amount of pillows and blankets

  • I remember going to clean a house once and counting 12 pillows on the bed. How on earth do these people sleep with 12 pillows? I'm surprised they never suffocated themselves! Keep a reasonable amount of pillows and blankets that you'll actually need. Throw out your old pillows and donate the blankets to a local animal shelter. The less you have on your bed, the more likely you'll be to make the bed each morning.