Keeping a Clean House isn’t just a slogan. It’s an action-packed project by Hans Sloane, CEO and founder of HomeKeeper Canada. It’s a proven fact universally accepted that a clean house is a happy house. You’ll find yourself feeling more relaxed, not to mention your whole family.
Everyday when you take a shower or load your dishwasher, you’re likely to be greeted with a mountain of dishes. You may even have some extra dishes that you don’t use any more that you have to set aside. Maybe you have some extra cosmetics or toilet paper that you haven’t used in years. There are all kinds of things that end up in the kitchen that are cluttering up the space and taking up space. And when you start spending 15 minutes a day (or more) scrubbing dishes, wiping counter tops, dusting blinds, and so on, it really starts to add up!
Keeping a clean house begins before you even reach the kitchen! If you need to get ready for work in the morning, before you hit the run up the elevator you can empty out the cupboards and cabinets. Get rid of that excess junk in the cupboard, dusters and sweepers. Once you’ve emptied everything out, clear the clutter by using baskets, boxes and other containers until you’re left with a tidy kitchen. This will save you time and money from buying more groceries when you run out of room to store them.
Once you’ve done the kitchen, you can move on to the living room. If you find yourself with a lot of knickknacks and trash cans, it might be time to declutter. Declutter everything in sight. Take everything out of your home and give your house a swift dusting and wipe down the walls and floors. Once you’re finished, you’ll be ready to face your morning without a dangly stack of things in your arms or at your feet.
Another secret to keeping a clean house is to get organized every day. If you have a system where you have your papers, bills, receipts, boxes, etc., labeled, you won’t spend so much time searching through them to find something that someone forgot or a document that’s in the right place. This will free up your mind, too, allowing you to tackle tasks that you’d previously found boring or impossible. So, every day, before you go to bed or when you wake up, make a list of what you need to get done and label it with an action you need to take. Or attach it to a sticky note somewhere where you can find it later.
The truth is, sometimes it doesn’t matter how many “take care” items you have in your home; you still need to keep a “clean house.” And the best way to do that is to keep a “clean house” that looks like a house. When you invite people over to stay or when you host parties, make sure that everything looks like a home. Take out the trash, sweep the floor, mop the countertops, and give everyone towels and mats. You don’t have to live in a dumpster and you don’t have to give your living room a neon “Hollywood” look; you can still have a clean and presentable living room that makes a good impression on anyone who walks into your home.