Today I’m sharing 5 tips to keep your home clean everyday.
These tips will help you keep a clean house but take minimal effort.
I am not a natural at house cleaning.
To get motivated I would check out books from the library that taught how to clean.
I’d watch other people clean thier house on YouTube.
Eventually, I had to just get up and do it.
Sometimes, I felt lost.
There was no order or know how to make my cleaning tasks easier.
Until I came to find Flylady.
I finally found something that was easy to do and took minimal time.
Everyone can do anything for 15 minutes.
To be honest, I don’t like cleaning
Yikes, I can’t believe I just said that.
But it’s true.
I’d rather be decorating a room or climbing a ladder to hang a gallery wall than clean house.
But reality is the dirt and grime builds up and there’s no ignoring it anymore.
So, I took Flylady’s ideas and gave them my own twist.
These 5 tips will hopefully inspire you to clean your home.
WARNING! Showing the good and bad in these photos.
They are my before and after photos to show you what 15 minutes of cleaning looks like in real life.
The reason I feel comfortable showing you my before and after photos is because I know I’m not the only one that has a mess to clean everyday.
It’s part of life!
And if I can’t be real with you, then that isn’t good.
After all, we make a mess and with a 15 minute breakdown for each job, it makes it possible to stay on top of it.
So, here are my tips AND my before and after photos. Yikes!
Tip #1: Make your bed before you leave your bedroom.
This sounds easy enough.
But for someone like me who doesn’t like cleaning, it’s a lot easier to leave the room than make my bed.
I took the flylady challenge and gave 5 minutes of my time each morning to make my bed everyday for 1 week.
5 minutes seemed doable.
I repeated this everyday and never looked back.
Doing it everyday built a habit
Then my habit became a part of my daily routine.
It was no longer drudgery but something I did just like brushing my teeth everyday.
Not to mention how amazing I felt knowing there was a part of my home that actually looked presentable.
This spurred me on to build more habits.
Which leads to the next tip to keep my home clean.
Tip #2: Gather one load of laundry a day to wash, dry and fold.
Keeping up with laundry is a task!
It is so easy for a mountain of laundry to grow and easily become an all day job.
I dread laundry day!
But when I took the idea of spending 15 minutes to put 1 load in each day, it made a difference to my daily life.
My morning habit of putting one load in the washing machine is easy.
When the buzzer goes off I put the load in the dryer.
For me, I have a basket I put under the dryer and fold the clothes immediately after the dryer is done drying.
When I go to bed, I take the load upstairs and quickly (another 15 minutes) put them away.
This routine could work for anyone whether you work from home or go to work.
It’s an easy habit that makes the house clean itself.
Or so it seems cause I’m not making myself do it.
It’s become part of my daily routine to keep my home clean. A habit.
What if you have a mound of laundry already that would take you all day?
Still do one load of laundry a day.
Take from the mound one load and put it in the washing machine.
Depending on how many loads of laundry you have, it will take a few days to a week, but you will have it all done, hopefully, by the end of the week.
I say hopefully cause it is surprising how many loads can accumulate over a week of not doing laundry. Ask me how I know.
Tip #3: Empty dishwasher every morning.
This one was a hard habit to get into.
But how I worked it out was I made sure I started the dishwasher at night.
Then emptied in the morning.
Again, this is a 15 minute job.
Everyone can do anything for 15 minutes.
That’s how I was able to get motivated doing a not so fun job by breaking it up into 15 minutes of my time.
Of course, if you have kids you can pass this job to them.
Give them a 15 minute challenge with a timer to motivate them.
It can be a lot of fun!
By emptying the dishwasher each morning, you are making room to put dirty dishes in and keep from getting that creepy mound of dishes that can easily happen if the dishwasher isn’t empty.
I clean the kitchen everyday.
By the time my family comes home after a long day, the kitchen will sparkle and gleam.
We will make dinner and right before my eyes, the dishes are back!
I can leave it for the next morning to tackle.
Cause who wants to clean after a long day?
But may I present an idea that makes not only you but your family responsible for the evening dishes?
Ask for 15 minutes of everyone’s time, and together wash pans, put dishes in dishwasher and yes, clean the kitchen sink.
There is something empowering about doing this!
Not only are you getting help but you are creating an incredible feeling for everyone to feel accomplished and go to bed with a clean kitchen for the next morning.
Everyone can give 15 minutes of their time.
My husband is a trooper and loves helping me each night.
Tip #4: Straighten up the living room each night before you go to bed.
If you’re like me and have a favorite series you love to watch on TV each evening.
Or whatever your downtime looks like.
Usually, there are dishes from a nightly snack.
And blankets used to cozy up that may be strewn around the room every night.
At least in my house.
And maybe kids toys, games or puzzles are still out.
Take 15 minutes before going to bed to fold blankets, put dishes in dishwasher, wipe down coffee tables & end tables from sticky messes.
Get your kids to help put their own things away.
No need to vacuum or sweep.
Unless there’s a big mess. Which happens regularly at my house.
What has inspired me to do this is the way I feel in the morning to be welcomed to a clean space.
It’s like a lift me up for my soul.
If that makes sense.
That in itself is worth 15 minutes of my time.
Tip #5: Clean you toilet and bathroom counter each day.
Do you notice I kept this for last?
Cause who likes to clean toilets? Not me!
But it’s a reality we all have to face.
In the flylady world, this is considered “Swish and swipe.”
But I’ve given this my own twist and do it this way.
It’s unconventional but that’s how I roll cause I love easy, and this is easy!
Before you leave your bathroom each morning, take a microfiber cloth, like this one here.
Spray some window cleaner on your mirror and counter all at the same time. Window cleaner I use, here.
I’m showing you the 12 pack Sprayway window cleaner cause it’s the cheapest way to go when buying in bulk.
It’s ok to use this on everything.
I’ve been doing this for years. (Photo is link.)
This product has never ruined my wood, stone top counters or stainless steel faucets.
It leaves that squeaky clean feel that is a beautiful sight!
Next step is to take that ONE microfiber cloth.
Start at the top wiping your mirrors.
Then clean counter and inside sink.
Make sure to get those toothpaste build ups. I know, no one has those. Wink!
Ok, this next part may make you feel gross.
I say that cause it was gross for me at first.
But after you do it a few times, you realize it is genius!
Here it goes!
Spray your toilet from top to bottom.
Take that SAME mircrofiber cloth, and wipe down toilet from top to bottom.
Don’t miss the icky grime under the seat!
Since you have a load of laundry going in the wash, put that cloth in the load you have in your basket.
Take your toilet brush and do a quick swoosh around the inside bowl.
If you do this everyday, you won’t need to use toilet bowl cleaner.
Just try it for a week and see how clean the inside of your toilet is.
I was amazed at how clean it stayed.
Walla! You have a sparkly clean bathroom.
You do this everyday, you will have a clean bathroom all the time!
I hope you were inspired by these 5 tips!
It is not fun cleaning house but with these easy 15 minute jobs (sometimes 5 minutes or less), your home can clean itself.
Or so it seems since over time it will become a habit.
For more insight on how to clean your home the Flylady way, I will link their website here.
I challenge you, my friend, to give this a one week try!
Anyone can devote one week! And 15 minutes!
If you find this to be an easy way to keep your home clean, please share how it went in the comments below.
For more cleaning inspiration, here is my 4 ingredient homemade laundry detergent recipe post.
Until next time, bye for now.