Ask Anna: 5 Cleaning Habits For A Consistently Clean Home
Anna Moseley of Ask Anna is back with the second installment of her organization series! Anna has been writing and sharing tips on her blog for years about ways to be more organized in her home, and we are so excited to read her latest tips here.
It’s that time of year – we’re all thinking about spring cleaning and freshening up our homes. Today I want to talk about some of the things I do to keep my home clean year-round, so that when spring and fall cleaning roll around it’s not such a bear.
1. The Kitchen
It’s really important that the kitchen look (and feel) clean, because the kitchen is the heart of the home. If the kitchen is dirty, it’s automatically going to make the rest of the house feel dirty. A couple ways to keep the kitchen clean are to always keep (to the best of your ability) the flat surfaces cleaned off. If the counters are covered in clutter then it’s obvious that they aren’t clean because you can’t even see them. In our house, we have a small designated space for mail and other random things that end up on the counter, but the rest of the counters stay clutter-free, which make them much easier to clean.
Get in the habit of cleaning the counters and sink after every meal–this will keep them sanitized and looking clean. I keep a Norwex EnviroCloth on my dry rack and a spray bottle of hydrogen peroxide under the sink, so that every time I pick up from prepping a meal I spray the counters and sink down then wipe them clean.
2. The Fridge
Deep cleaning the fridge is something I never do – instead I clean out the fridge every time I go to the grocery store.
Before every shopping trip, take a look through the fridge to see what you have/what you need, what’s expired (salad dressings expire often) and if there are any spills that need to be wiped up. Deep cleaning your entire fridge can be an overwhelming task but if you clean it out every week or two, then it never has the opportunity to get really messy or dirty. It’s as easy as that!
Windows are one of those things that can be a daunting chore if you wait and do them all at once, especially if your house is like ours and you have tons of windows! I rarely clean all my windows at once, instead what I do is wipe down finger smudges, or dog licks, as soon as I notice them. One of the things that I love about my Norwex EnviroCloths (that I always have in the kitchen) are that they also clean windows, so as soon as I notice a smudge I grab the EnviroCloth from the kitchen and clean the window. Ever since I started doing this I haven’t dreaded cleaning the windows because now I only have to clean all of them in the Spring and Fall, the rest of the year I just spot clean, when it’s needed.
4. Light Switches And Door Handles
Light switches and door handles can be very germy places in the home, and they should be wiped down often. This isn’t a job that will make your house noticeably cleaner, but it will definitely keep the germs from spreading.
This task is actually something I have my daughter do on a regular basis because it’s an easy chore for her and it keeps the germs from building up. I give her a spray bottle of hydrogen peroxide and a paper towel and she goes around and sanitizes all of them every couple of weeks.
5. Blankets and Throw Pillows
Blankets and throw pillows are another thing you might not think about cleaning very often, but over time, if not washed, they get a musty, dirty smell. Instead of just washing them every spring, wash them once a month to keep them fresh, clean and smelling nice. When your guests sit down they’ll smell the fresh laundry scent (which we all love) and they’ll think your house is sparkly clean!
These are just a few examples of things you can do on a daily or weekly basis to keep your house looking and feeling clean. There are countless other tasks, that if you do these often enough, you can cut down on daunting “Spring Cleaning.” There is no rule that says you have to clean everything all at once, so if all you have time to do is a little spot cleaning go for it! Spot cleaning when you notice it needs to be done will keep your house looking and feeling clean. You can even print a copy of my free cleaning checklists.
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