5 Habits for a Cleaner Home!


Making lasting change is all about forming good habits; I once heard a saying that goes ‘the only form of permanence is repetition’. So I want to share some of my go-to habits which have helped me live in a cleaner home.

Now with habits, you (eventually) don’t feel like you’re actually making yourself do the thing you’re doing, you just do it, naturally. While it does take time to establish the habit, like loading your dishes directly into the dishwasher after eating, if you commit to doing it each day after 3 weeks it will start to feel habitual. That’s what you want! Don’t beat yourself up if you miss a day though, you can always pick right back up where you left off. You’ll kind of get hooked on the good feeling, and your old ways will start to feel uncomfortable.

Set yourself up for success (in this case, a cleaner space!) by implementing these habits.

I’d love to know – what habits are you going to try incorporating into your day, or what habits do you have which you recommend others try?

Let me know in the comments down below!

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Melissa Maker is an entrepreneur, cleaning expert, founder of Toronto’s most popular boutique cleaning service, and star of the Clean My Space channel on YouTube (but she still hates to clean!). Every week, Melissa delivers new videos dishing expert advice on cleaning products, tools, DIY substitutes, and practical, timesaving solutions to everyday problems. Melissa has appeared on the Today Show, and has been featured in InStyle, Real Simple, and Better Homes and Gardens.


  1. I love your videos and articles and have been following you for a while now! Keep up the amazing work!
    My daily habits are as follows:
    Morning: Make and clear up breakfast
    Get myself and the girls ready
    Put bags by the door ready to go.. and do a quick pick up of toys
    After walking the girls to school I file any paperwork, do grocery shopping, put out the bins… I always do the same rotation in our home, starting with the beds- they are stripped and I start the laundry- during this time in the bathroom I take everything out, quickly spray everything, wipe down- then put everything back. I squirt bleach down the toilet and let that work as I tidy the bedrooms, dust, spot clean windows and points of contact etc and put on fresh bedding. I then dust, spot clean the living room, wipe down the kitchen (on a monday I do the fridge, thursday the oven, saturday is purge and organize day and on Sunday I do the car). By the time I’ve done that the laundry is done, I hang that up, scrub the toilet and wipe it with an antibacterial wipe then finish off by sweeping and mopping. All in all I spend about an 1hour 30 doing all this.
    In the evening all we then have to do is set out outfits for the next day, check the calendar, write a to-do list, pack the school bags and lunch and of course, always a 10 minute “frenzy clean” before going to bed 😀

  2. When I change my clothes and I am in a hurry. I put dirty ones in my dirty clothes basket and I have a smaller basket for putting clean clothes in because I hate putting my clothes on the floor.

  3. I try to always put things back where they belong when through using them an in that certain place they will be when needed..
    I also always wash dishes as I cook I use my dish washer as a drying rack unless Im going to use it for a full load that needs washing.

  4. Melissa, I my email about this article, it was written as by Chad Reynolds and not you. I’m wondering if this person is hijacking your articles or do you know him.

  5. Wonderful for people who can do them. I am 83 and ill so I can’t do them, but I enjoy reading about them and dreaming of a clean, organized, neat home. And I’m so happy for the younger ones who can do this to be getting all this good information. You two are jewels!!!

  6. I heard on a morning TV program that you should not make your bed to keep bed bugs away (or at least under control). I also heard that shoes should be allowed to air out for 24 hours before putting them away. I love your videos, but I did notice these two items that conflict with advice from other sources.

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