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Seven simple ways to keep your home clean and organised

Your Home By Audrey Masitsa
A few simple steps will help you keep your home clean and organised (Photo: Shutterstock)

One of the most satisfying things is seeing your house clean and tidy with everything in its respective place. I won’t lie and say that my house is always organised. Clean, yes but organised, not always. Even so, I have taken up a few habits that are helping me maintain it in tip top shape until my weekly thorough clean.

Below I share seven tips that I have learned and put into practice on a daily basis that have helped me maintain a clean and organised home.

1. Make your bed

Make your bed every morning (Photo: Shutterstock)

I have made it a habit to make my bed each and every morning. Whether or not I intend to spend the whole morning cuddling my duvet, I will ensure that I spread my bed and straighten the pillows. In line with this, change your sheets every week.

2. Clear bedroom

Hang up any clothes that are lying about (Photo: Shutterstock)

Keep away dirty clothes in your laundry basket instead of throwing them in a corner. As for that chair or table that is the holdall for all the clothes you try on but don’t wear, empty it every day. Hang up your pyjamas and any clothes that are just lying about. This will keep the mountain of clothes waiting to be sorted smaller or non-existent.

3. Bathroom

Give your bathroom a quick clean once a day (Photo: Shutterstock)

One habit that I practice and have seen the clear results of is wiping down my bathroom tiles after I have a shower. This prevents water from drying on the tiles leaving behind watermarks which eventually stain, leaving your tiles and bathroom looking unsightly. Dry the floor as well and rinse out your soap dish of any suds. Use a toilet cleaner on your toilet to keep it fresh. If you do this every day, when you do get down to actually cleaning your bathroom it will be easier and faster.

4. Living room

Dust surfaces and clear clutter (Photo: Shutterstock)

I don’t spend too much time here but it always seems to get cluttered. To keep it looking somewhat put together, clear table tops and keep away any knick knacks that should be there in their rightful place. If you spill something on the floor or table, clean it up at once. Straighten cushions and dust table surfaces.

5. Kitchen

Clear the sink every time you use dishes (Photo: Shutterstock)

Ensure your kitchen surfaces are always free of clutter. Wash dishes as you use them, even at night when you’d rather go to bed than stand at the sink washing up. Empty the dustbin often but especially at night. I use a multipurpose cleaner on my sink and surfaces to ensure I get all the dirt out before closing shop for the night. Sweep the floor and mop up any water that might be there. Remember to clean your cooker and microwave as well to avoid build-up of food particles.

6. Air the house

Open windows and curtains to air the house (Photo: Shutterstock)

Remember to open your windows. Fresh air is such an important component of a clean and organised home. Because I’m not usually at home during the day, I ensure that I open the windows in the morning as I’m getting ready for work and then keep them closed during the day. Once I get back home in the evening, I leave the windows open for a short while. And because I’m a little paranoid about having all my windows shut, I leave the bathroom window open at all times and this helps to keep not only the bathroom but the whole house smelling fresh throughout the day and night.

7. Have a set day for laundry

Have a set day for laundry (Photo: Shutterstock)

One thing I have made sure I do is to have a set day when my laundry is done. While I wash my socks, underwear and hankies after every shower, the rest of my dirty clothes can end up piled for weeks if I’m not careful. To prevent this, I ensure that my laundry lady comes on a set day every week to wash my clothes, bedsheets and towels.

What other habits do you practice to keep a clean and organised home?

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