6 Steps to a Clean House
1. Make Your Bed
First thing every morning (after a tall cup of Joe, of course), just make the bed! Itís a chore that none of us want to do or simply just forget about until itís already time to climb back into bed. Once you get the hang of it, it will take no time at all and really makes the bedroom look complete.
2. Take It Out, Put It Back!
Sounds easy but in reality it is the most difficult thing to stay on top of. Enforce this with yourself and your family and you will notice the difference at the end of the day, when you are putting one or two things back into their rightful place as opposed to everything you own.
3. A Little Bit, Every Day
Itís easy to get overwhelmed trying to do it Ďallí in one scheduled cleaning day. Maintaining the basics every day is the secret to a clean and tidy home, all day, every day. Make sure to tackle something every day for a week and then see what your scheduled Ďclean the house all at onceí day feels like (if you still even need it).
4. Check the Mail, DAILY!
If snail mail wasn't the only way you could be notified about jury duty, I wouldn't even bother with it. I pay my bills using the paperless option online (you should too; cleaning with Integrity is all about doing your part for the earth!). So whenever I do check the mail, itís a load of Ďstuffí I donít need. Its clutter and it messes with the clean, organized, and tidy vibe Iíve worked so hard for in my house. Check the mail every day to avoid clutter build up, toss the clutter, and file bills (if you insist on using paper) at a scheduled time that works for you. Again, the trick to this one is consistency.
Sounds easy, but weíll start slow. Start with the kitchen counters and wipe them down after meals (akin to the notion in #2 above, if you take it out, put it back). Once you get the hang of this, add the bathroom counters. Much like washing just the tyres on an old car makes it look like new, the counter-tops in your home speak volumes for themselves.
6. Sink and Dishes
At the end of the day, the last thing anyone wants to do is load or unload the dishwasher. This really doesn't take long after a couple of tries. Give the sink a brief scrub and get into the habit of loading the washer after dinner and in combination with steps 1 through 5. The next day, you will be SO GLAD YOU DID!