For those of you who are new to Clean My Space, you may not realize that I actually hate to clean although I am a cleaning expert! That’s why I try to make it as easy and quick as possible with good cleaning habits.
Keeping an entire household in order can be a lot of work, but it doesn’t have to suck up all of your free time. It’s less about the amount of time spent cleaning and more about establishing good cleaning habits that will make it feel effortless.
These are the 7 habits of super clean people that anyone can develop to make life easier:
Make Your Bed
Despite your enormous urge to skip making the bed in the morning, it is one of the most important things you’ll do for yourself. So, learn this cleaning habit. By my calculations, the bed accounts for at least 35% of your room. If your mattress is made, your room will instantly look cleaner.
It seriously only takes 2 minutes to make a bed. Plus, if you do, you’ll feel more inclined to respect your room and not mess it up throughout the day. Plus, you’ll even sleep better! I’m not just making this up, my friends; this was proven in a study done by the National Sleep Foundation (here’s the study).
If you want to learn a surefire way to make your bed, I’ve got our famous ‘How to make your bed in under two minutes’ video.
Clean While You Cook
Whenever I cook, I always start with a clean sink and an empty dishwasher. I’m telling you guys, if these two things are not done, there is a Mount Dishmore to deal with at the end of your cooking.
Cooking means making a mess. So, to cut down on the clutter while prepping food, I keep a bowl or compost bin next to the cutting board and throw scraps in as I go. Then, once everything has started cooking, this is your golden hour to get a bunch of cleaning done.
Another good cleaning habit is to keep a damp rag nearby to wipe up any spills or crumbs as you cook. Rinse cooking utensils and prep dishes, and immediately place them in the dishwasher. Clean off cutting boards and soak pots and pans as soon as you’re finished with them.
I like to keep a mixture of 2 cups of water and a teaspoon of dish soap (basically a DIY all-purpose cleaner) in a spray bottle under the sink. I use this to pre-treat pretty much anything as soon as it’s cool enough to do so. If a dish, or pan, cools off too much, things can start to cake on and become really tough to clean. Spray with this solution and let them soak while eating.
This clean-as-you-go concept will save you time after your meal is over. Super clean people never go to bed with a messy kitchen and don’t leave dishes until the morning.
Clean the Fridge
Your refrigerator is one of the hardest working appliances in your home. Often overlooked, it endures spills, stinky odors, and overcrowding daily. Regular cleaning will keep your refrigerator in tip-top shape and your food fresher.
It’s a no-brainer that if you spill something, it should be cleaned up right away. This includes keeping items clean on their way into the fridge. For example, wipe the lid of the pasta jar with a smear; catch the glob of jelly running down the side of the bottle… you get the picture. This cleaning habit will prevent unnecessary food from becoming caked onto your fridge.
Once a week, check for spoilage and throw anything away that doesn’t look (or smell) good. Next, wipe down the doors and the top of the refrigerator with a microfiber cloth dampened with a mild dishwashing liquid and water. Fridge door handles, especially, should be wiped frequently. And, of course, the fridge should be emptied entirely a few times a year and cleaned inside and out.
For a more detailed description of thoroughly cleaning the refrigerator, check out: Clean the Damn Fridge!
Take Off Your Shoes & Hang Up Your Coat
Growing up, my sister and I had this habit of stepping into the house, shimmying out of our jacket, school bag, and shoes, and literally just leaving it exactly where we dropped it. Both of my parents were very adamant that the front entrance of our home had to look tidy at all times. However, I would say I’ve improved on my good cleaning habits since moving in with my husband, Chad.
This means always taking off our shoes at the door and putting them off to the side or in a closet, storage bench, etc. Leaving your shoes on in the house results in you tracking outside dirt and germs into your home. That just means more floor-mopping and sweeping.
Hanging up coats and bags straight away is also a habit of super-clean people. Don’t let the clutter build up in your entryway.
Mop and Vacuum Regularly
Even if you take your shoes off at the door, a quick run of the vacuum through the home will keep the dirt at bay. Of course, if you have furry pets, any efforts to clean the floors will make a huge difference. Most vacuums and mops will do the trick, but for me, the microfiber Maker’s Mop was a game-changer.
The taco (“U”) shape is no gimmick; it offers a precision edge that allows the mop to get the dirt out of every sharp corner (think baseboards, ceilings). It has the kind of precision and power that I haven’t been able to achieve with any other mop before. Plus, the microfiber mop pad can be used on two sides instead of one — clean with one side, flip over and continue to clean with the other. You can shop it here.
I always have a to-do list running for all of the things I need to accomplish that day, including any one-off cleaning jobs. This sounds really obvious but it keeps me on track: what gets scheduled gets done!
Whether it’s dusting your nightstands, organizing the linen closet, or mopping highly trafficked areas, checking one or two cleaning tasks off your to-do list each day will keep housework from feeling overwhelming. It’s a good cleaning habit!
Declutter Declutter Declutter
Too much stuff leads to clutter, which isn’t conducive to a clean, orderly home. If you want your home to look nice, make sure that you don’t have stuff on your counters. Good cleaning habits include putting away appliances. Now, I’m not saying you can’t keep the coffee maker on your counter, but blenders, toasters, and waffle makers should be tucked away in cupboards.
Like many, nothing creates clutter faster than old bills, mail, and paperwork in my home. If you have piles of papers all over your home, then you’ll want to consider adopting this good cleaning habit! It takes less effort to file papers immediately, rather than dealing with piles of random papers later.
I keep all my rogue papers in a file on my desk, and I go through it each day. That way, if I have to get rid of something or move it to a more permanent location, I can do that, or I can shred it. By the way, I love shredding to get rid of papers—so cathartic!
Every household should have a good-quality filing cabinet that’s organized. Keep your household papers available and intact so that if you ever get audited or need to reference that paper, it is easily accessible.
Finally, clear out all the stuff you don’t need or no longer use. Consider donating those items that are in good condition.
You Can Form These 7 Habits of Super Clean People
These all sound like simple cleaning habits, but following them, day-in and day-out can be a challenge. I’m sure you’ve heard of the 21-day rule. It’s a long-held belief that it takes 21 days to break a habit or form a good one. Now, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but a more recent study shows it actually takes on average 66 days to form a habit. Don’t let that discourage you!
Habits CAN be formed with determination, and the long-term benefits of good cleaning habits will last a lifetime. So, go ahead and give it the 66-day treatment, and I assure you, you’re in for a much cleaner and organized home.