Simple Ways to Organize and Keep a Clean House

Keeping a house clean and organized can be a difficult task. Often times we let our homes become completely disorganized before we spend an entire weekend frantically trying to get everything in order before family or friends visit. But it doesn’t always have to be this way. Below are some tips that can help you keep your home looking nice and organized without spending hours and hours cleaning.

1. Declutter: If your home is regularly unorganized and you find yourself constantly cleaning, schedule a day or weekend to do some serious decluttering. This might be difficult, especially if you like to keep everything. But it is okay to get rid of things you never use, and you don’t have to hang on to something just because someone gave it to you or you spent a lot of money on it. The less stuff you have in your home, the easier it will be to keep it organized. This doesn’t mean you have to get rid of everything, but try taking the time to realize what you need to keep. Here’s a helpful method you can use to help you systematically declutter your house.
        1. Go through each area of your house and target smaller areas. Instead of trying to declutter a bedroom, for instance, first do the bedroom closet, desk drawer, etc.
        2. Take EVERYTHING out and divide it all into three piles: stuff you plan to keep, stuff you plan    to throw away, stuff you plan to sell or donate.
        3. Take the stuff you plan to keep and put it back in the area or find a place for it.
        4. Take the stuff you plan to throw away and throw it away.
        5. Take the stuff you plan to sell or donate and sell or donate it. Take it to Goodwill or put it on eBay or Craigslist.
Once you rid your house of the stuff you don’t need, you will have an easier time trying to organize it all.
2. Clean as You Go:  This one might seem obvious, and it is. But often times when we clean our house, we are just picking up stuff that should have been dealt with beforehand. Make a point to put dirty clothes in the basket, wash dishes when you are finished using them, etc.
3. Schedule Cleaning Time Each Day: I don’t mean spend every night cleaning, but try to schedule 15 minutes or so of cleaning time each day. Do it right when you wake up, get home from work, or before you go to bed. Try to clean as fast as possible. If you have followed steps 1 and 2, you shouldn’t have much to do, so about 15 minutes should be a good amount of time.
4. Lower Your Standards: Your house doesn’t have to be immaculate all of the time. There are plenty of other, more worthwhile things you can do with your time, so you don’t spend all of it cleaning.

These tips might seem obvious and simple, but really, they are supposed to be. It makes sense. If you get rid of the stuff you don’t really need, you will have less to worry about, and if you find a place for everything and make sure everything gets to that place, you shouldn’t have much to clean on a daily basis. The big thing is just establishing good habits and trying to do a little bit each day. Of course, if you have children, you are going to have more to do, but the same idea still applies. If you live with someone who doesn’t really care about cleaning up after themselves, well, that is another topic entirely.