Keeping up with the daily housekeeping can be a drag, but it doesn’t have to take up all your time. Keeping a clean home is less about the time involved, and more about creating some good habits that you start to just follow instinctively.
Get top 5 simple habits that will help you keep your house clean.
Some people think that making a bed is a waste of time, but in reality, there is a big difference in the arrangement of the room and it only takes a few minutes. To make things easier, simplify your bedding as much as possible. However, if you like your top sheets, you can minimize the number of pillows on your bed or use a large enough comfort or duvet that you don't need to put in the sheets.
Emptying the dishwasher makes it easier to keep a clean house, as dirty dishes do not have to sit in the sink or on your counters. If you've ever scheduled it, you know it only takes 5 minutes.
Try to get used to the first thing in the morning. If you work outside the home and do not have the opportunity to dry it before the holidays, delay your machine so that it is ready to put the dryer in when you get home. Alternatively, put the load in the machine in the morning and simply turn it on when you get home. Make sure you save time somewhere in the day to complete the load - including putting it down.
Dirty work surfaces attract household pests and make your kitchen terrible. Since you have already emptied the dishwasher, you can quickly load the dishes after a meal or snack and then wipe your counters. This task does not involve moving everything. Put away all food, then spray and clean the rest.
This is one habit that can change tremendously in the general condition of your home. A quick scan to see if there's anything you can take with you that goes where you go. Take only what you have time to put away - moving a bunch from one room to another without actually putting something away doesn't really help you much. It could be a couple of dirty dishes that you put in the dishwasher or some laundry that needs to be put upstairs.
Always remember the one-touch rule, which means that ideally you only want to touch objects once before they are placed. Every time you touch an object to move it from one place to another, you spend valuable time and energy, so make the extra little effort to put it away right away.