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30 Habits of People with Really Clean Houses

by Max Dichter

August 23rd, 2019

Everyone has a friend or family member that has an enviously clean house – always! You can drop by at any time and their home is neat and tidy. This is not an easy feat, but it is achievable. Here are 30 common habits used by people who keep really clean houses.

  • Lists are key. Good housekeepers use lists to keep track of daily/weekly/ monthly chores and needed cleaning supplies.

  • Never let mail linger. Never have paper mail clutter by recycling and filing mail as soon as it is collected.

  • Dishes are done daily. There are never dishes left in the sink – all dishes are put in the dishwasher or washed after the last meal, then put away.

  • Counters are always wiped down. A final wipe of counters after dinner keeps surfaces clean, reducing temptation for pests and fodder for bacteria.

  • Linens are neatly stored. Folded and stacked linens are easier to store and leave more room in closets and cabinets.

  • There are no junk drawers. If you have a drawer for junk, you will fill it. Clean people eliminate the temptation by putting everything in its own place.

  • Clean as you cook. There are always gaps of time when cooking and these should be filled by cleaning. By the time the dinner is done, there is hardly any clean up but dishes.

  • Investing in quality vacuums. A good vacuum is worth the investment, picking up more dirt and dust than cheaper models.

  • Teaching kids good cleaning habits. No one can do it all, and to maintain a clean home, parents need to teach kids good habits. Kids who live in clean houses learn to put away their toys and pick up after themselves from an early age.

  • Drawers for kitchen storage. Open shelving may look pretty in magazines but they are difficult to maintain. Drawers make kitchens look less cluttered and require less cleaning.

  • Specialized pet products. Food bowls that minimize mess and organizers for pet gear help owners keep their home neat even with pets in their home.

  • Grooming for pets. A well-groomed pet will release less hair and mess into the home.

  • Cleaning supplies for each room. Habitual cleaners make it easy. Cleaning supplies are kept in the rooms where they are used for quick touch ups.

  • Covers for easy cleanup. A couch cover, keyboard cover or a rug under the dog dish, covers make cleanup fast and easy.

  • Quick washing of shower curtains. Throwing the shower curtain or liner in with the wash once a month reduces mildew and mold in the bathtub.

  • Regularly vacuuming or wiping walls. Walls get dirty and are hard to clean. Keeping them dust-free with a quick vacuum or wipe once a month keeps them maintained.

  • Ceilings need cleaning, too. Those cobwebs that collect on the ceiling or in corners are kept at bay with the use of a dusting wand or vacuum attachment.

  • Spot clean mirrors. When a splash or smear is on a mirror, a quick swipe with a microfiber cloth kept in the bathroom can spot clean as needed.

  • They purge regularly. Excess “stuff” is kept out of homes by purging closets, toy chests and storage areas monthly, giving to charity or selling to consignment shops.

  • Plants for air purification. Plants help keep indoor air fresh and healthy, which is why many clean homes have plenty of plants for air purification.

  • Multi-tasking for multiple-story homes. Smart home cleaners multi-task to make cleaning multiple-story homes easier, with baskets to bring items up and down stairs on every trip.

  • Make the bed every day. Once the bed is made, the day is off to a good start for a habitual cleaner.

  • Create a laundry system. Clean homes have a laundry chute or have a designated day for all laundry to be dropped off in the laundry room.

  • Never let laundry pile up. Laundry is done all week long and done in tandem with other chores.

  • The pantry is organized. New items are placed in the back, older stuff in front, on pantry shelves, making it easy to take inventory and date-check items.

  • Refrigerators are also organized. Old items are thrown out and shelves wiped before new items are added, keeping a clean and organized fridge.

  • Appliances are not left on the kitchen counters. Appliance garages keep appliances out of sight until they are needed for an uncluttered counter.

  • Daily sweeping. A quick sweep with a good broom every day is a habit that keeps dust bunnies at bay.

  • Easy access wipes. Disposable wipes are found in most rooms, hiding in a drawer, for quick cleanups.

  • Shoes come off at the door. Almost every excellent housekeeper insists that shoes come off at the door to minimize tracked in dirt.

Adopting some, or all, of these habits can help you become a better housekeeper and make it easier to maintain your home.