A Semi-Minimalist Guide To Cleaning Your Home So You Love Being In It

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I have always kept my home organized. However, when I had a child, I found that keeping an organized home is not an easy task. I had to adapt some changes in my cleaning routine in order to save money, time, and energy.

Do you have knick-knacks in your home that you hate cleaning? Are there too many children’s toys or scattered items everywhere? If you feel like your home is cluttered, I believe taking the measures to de-clutter it will help drastically. The fewer things you have in your home, the less you will have to clean. And if you keep your home organized, it will be much easier to deal with your cleaning chores.

There are a few ways you can simplify your housework and make it not only easier, but also more enjoyable. And remember, a clean home is a home you want to spend time in!

1. De-clutter.

I am aware that some things just cannot be thrown away. For example, if you have kids, it is highly unlikely that they will give up half of their toys. But in such cases, it is important to make an organizational system so that everything has a place. Throw away or donate things you no longer need. And for the rest, designate a place for each.

2. Organize.

It is imperative to have a place for everything. It will not only make your home organized and neat, but it will make it easier for you to clean. When everything is in its place, you will not have to walk around and throw things from one side of the room to the other. Store most of your items and appliances out of sight.

3. Clean daily.

Make a short list of chores you should do for each day; this will make your cleaning much easier than it is currently. Maybe your list will include the same chores every day, or different ones for different days of the week, but having a daily cleaning routine will make your home cleaner and healthier. Dusting, vacuuming, clearing the kitchen counter, wiping the shower or bathtub right away, etc. will save you a lot of work later on.

4. Do the job right away. 

When you put your dirty glass or your breakfast bowl in the sink, do not just leave them there to start a pile. Wash them right away, and put them away. Instead of using hampers for your dirty laundry, put it directly into your washing machine. And instead of waiting to get a hamper full of clothes that you will need to spend an entire day washing, and one more ironing, do your laundry bi-weekly — that means fewer clothes to wash and iron, quick and easy. Also, be sure to clean all messes right after they happen.

5. Organize the kitchen. 

The kitchen is the place you probably spent most of your time — cooking meals, spending time with friends or family — so it is also a place that needs a lot of cleaning. Plus, with the quantity of food in your kitchen you are bound to have clutter and a lot of things that should be thrown out. De-clutter and organize your fridge and pantry.

(Tenancy Cleaning Notting Hill recommends to do a thorough cleaning twice a month, if possible. This will help you maintain your home clean and will make it easier to get all of your cleaning chores done, without having to spend too much time on one thing.) 

6. Use less and save money.

A great way to simplify your housework and cleaning chores is to use less cleaning products. This will save you space and money — be frugal in your cleaning. Half of the cleaning products that you own you do not actually need. You can clean more surfaces with less cleaning products. Find products that can be used in more than one ways.

7. Make it fun.

And most importantly, try to have fun while you clean. Create a playlist with lively music that makes you want to sing and dance, then do so while you do your chores. Sing along with your favorite song while you are vacuuming, or get your kids to help you with cleaning and turn it into a game. Cleaning does not have to be a burden — it can be fun!

Daisy is a small business owner from London. She writes articles about cleaning in a lot of blogs.

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  • Roselyne

    For kid’s toys: yeah, it’s unlikely that you can give half of them away. But, especially for younger kids (say, under 6-7), I highly recommend the following tactics:

    1) Limit what comes in. AKA: don’t buy small toys ‘just because’ (you wind up with 10 10$ toys strewn around the floor and not getting played with), buy good-quality toys that don’t break easily (not necessarily expensive – my toddler loves a set of wood blocks made with a chopped up 2×2 that we standed down, for example. Indestructible, dirt cheap, and very versatile), and request ‘experience’ presents from people who want to buy presents (a semester of toddler swim classes is 70$ around here, a lot of fun, and you wind up with a kid who can swim and float. Great grandparent gift!)

    2) BASKETS. Everything goes in baskets. The baskets have a place. Only ONE basket comes out at a time, and since everything gets tossed back in, it doesn’t need to be put away with any level of detail – my toddler can put things away before taking out another toy. Simple organizational systems work best.

    3) Basket in, basket out, rotate. If you have a spare closet, only leave about 1/3 to 1/2 the toys accessible at any given time, and switch out the toys every few weeks. Stuffed animals that are ALWAYS in the corner aren’t interesting. A ‘new’ one that hasn’t been seen in 2 months is VERY interesting.

    Or, in other words: bring less in, rotate the available toys, and make them easy to put away.

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