Not too long ago we put together an article looking at our top 10 rules for a cleaner home. We then asked all of our fans to tell us their number one rule for a cleaner home. We received a ton of responses, so much so that we decided to create a follow-up article with 10 more rules, all of which have been provided by the Clean My Space community.
Always Expect Company
This one comes from Carmen Flores and she says:
My cleaning every day ‘Commandment’ is, Clean up as if expecting company today.
That one is a great motivator for you to get your mojo on when it comes to cleaning. It forces you to work quickly. You want to make everything look great when company is coming. However, you don’t have to focus on all the little details. It’s more about the general tidiness than it is about the microscopic cleanliness of the space.
Everything Has a Place
Here’s a smart one from Chantelle Roughton who says:
We have three kids and I’ve been teaching them how everything has a place. It’s nice that they’re finally understanding if something’s in its place, it’s easier to find it when needed.
This is a great general rule. It’s something that Chad and I hope to pass on to Riley when she’s ready and able because it’s true. If you know where everything goes, it’s much easier to find it. It’s much easier to put it back. And of course, if it doesn’t have a home, it doesn’t belong in your home.
Never Leave Dishes Overnight
A kitchen focused tip comes from Beth Simes who says:
Empty the kitchen sink every night. I’ve come to realize that soaking dishes overnight only makes you get up to a stinky kitchen in the morning. Yes, even the really baked on stuff. Just get out the baking soda and elbow grease and get it done.
I love her attitude. This is very true and very helpful. Procrastination will just lead to more work that needs to be done the next day. Just get to it and get it done. I promise you’ll feel great knowing you are going down to a clean kitchen in the morning.
Clean As You Go
Non Empty String says:
Number one for me is clean as you cook. If something needs to boil for 10 minutes, I will clean my knife and my cutting board in the meantime. That way when I’m finished, I can enjoy the meal after eating. I’ll clean the plate and I’m done. The kitchen doesn’t look like a bomb exploded in it.
Chad is really great when it comes to this tip. I can often smell the food he’s made but don’t see a trace of the mess.
Ron Martinez is a long time Canadian Clean My Space fan. He says his top tip is:
Easy. WWMD. What would Melissa do?
This one makes me laugh because I am a recovering slob but I do know a thing or two about cleaning. It’s nice to know you keep me in your thoughts while trying to keep clean.
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Mess Begets Mess
Here’s one from Simple Full:
Mess begets mess. I love your saying
This is something I often say and it’s actually a great rule. If you keep this in mind, you’ll know that if you leave a mess out, it’s going to attract more of a mess. So if you never leave a mess out, you will never see a big mess.
Do It Now
This philosophy, which I love, comes from hannylovely5; she says
The most important cleaning rule in our house is if it takes less than a minute to do, do it now.
This is so empowering! It’s one rule that takes care of the majority of small messes and clutter because it puts the task in perspective. It’s one or two quick things that you can take care of right now. This way mess doesn’t build up and you’ll have less or no mess to tackle later on.
Be Laundry Ready
Mrs. Jones says:
Laundry cannot be taken out of the dryer until you are completely ready to fold it and put it away.
And clean clothes never go into a basket. Any time clean clothes get put into a basket, it just sits there and doesn’t get put away”. If you have seen the bad habits video, you’ll know this is a really bad habit of Chad’s. It drives me absolutely nuts. So, I think, this rule really is great. You take your stuff out of the dryer, fold it immediately and put it away. If you need a basket to get from your basement to your bedroom, fine. But the basket is not the final resting place for your clothing.
Don’t Lean, Clean
Imagine this next rule being vocalized by a very harsh army Drill Sergeant. This one comes from h20fowler2012:
If you’ve got time to lean, you’ve got time to clean.
This is pretty self-explanatory. If you have nothing better to do then get to cleaning. You’ll be happy you tackled that task rather than sitting around doing nothing.
Dishwashers Are For Dirty Dishes
Kim Schoeff says:
Dishwashers are for dirty dish storage, not clean dish storage.
In other words, when your dishwasher dings, unload it. Don’t fish in the dishwasher to get out a clean dish. If you have time to get one clean dish out, you probably have 3 minutes to just unloaded it. And by the way, unloading your dishwasher means that you can load it up with dirty dishes instead of letting them pile up in the sink and on the counter.
If the first 10 rules weren’t enough or didn’t resonate with you, I hope that these 10 rules have. And I’d love to know in the comments down below, what is your cleaning rule? Because if we haven’t mentioned it yet but it really works for you, we would love to know about it.