How to Keep Your House Clean All Week

Jenn Leach

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I used to really struggle to keep my house clean all week long.

I don't even have a big family but it was difficult to continuously keep it clean. I tried everything including hiring a professional cleaning team but, at the end of the day I really wanted to learn how to clean my house right myself without having to spend a fortune.

Over time I developed these clean house hacks that help me stay organized and keep a clean, tidy house all week long.

Dive in and read about these 9 tips to help you keep your house clean all week.

Let’s go!

1. Clean as you go

This is something I constantly remember my mom telling me when I was a child.

Clean as you go.

This means as you are messing stuff up in your home, clean it right up. Don’t hesitate and don’t procrastinate. Clean up right away.

This is super helpful in so many scenarios but especially when you're preparing and cooking a large meal. As you are chopping the onions and boiling water, preparing your entire meal, clean up after yourself.

That means after you've finished chopping the onions, tossed out the onion skins. As you have kitchen trash accumulate from food scraps, throw those away too. Clean and wash every dish you used for meal prep and leave the kitchen as you found it, before starting.

These are just a couple quick examples of things that you can do.

You can also do this with your dishes.

One practice that we have in our house is every time we dirty a plate from eating a meal, we immediately take that dish to the sink to wash it then throw it into the dishwasher.

This helps us keep our sink mostly empty during the week and then we can just run our dishwasher at the end of the day or a few times a week once it fills up.

Wouldn’t you rather do a couple small cleanings throughout the week than one major cleaning at the end of the week?

I certainly would.

And if you're like me then this cleaning hack can definitely help you out big time.

2. Set a job for everyone in the house

Everyone in the house gets a cleaning job.

For my husband, I make him do the house maintenance (like changing light bulbs and tightening door knobs) and vacuuming.

My son will dust and do his laundry.

And, I’ll do the rest - sweeping and mopping, wiping down surfaces, organizing and tossing out trash, etc.

Get everyone to help out and develop good cleaning habits in your kids while cleaning house that much faster!

3. Try to go minimalist

Minimalism embraces you having less stuff. Less stuff in your house means less clutter.

Less clutter means you won’t have to clean as much or as hard. Look around your house and clear out the non-essentials. Research minimalism online and watch videos for examples on YouTube and other places to give you inspiration.

4. Get organized

Organization is all about giving all your things a place.

Your books fit nicely in your bookshelf, the dishes stay in the cupboard, the toys stay in the toy chest, etc.

This could mean investing in organizational materials or organization supplies. This is totally fine.

Do what you need to in order to get your household organized.

Here are some examples:

  • Use storage
  • Make a schedule
  • Write lists
  • Declutter
  • Find places in your home that accumulate mess and make a plan to keep those areas tidy
  • Throw away unnecessary things
  • Give everything a home
  • Prioritize

This is a journey. Try not to get overwhelmed and understand that everything doesn’t have to be perfect.

5. Put things away

Everything should have a home. Declutter your messy kitchen counters, declutter your bathroom surfaces, and other places around the house.

6. Make your house easy to clean

Store cleaning supplies and cleaning solutions all over your house so they are easy to get to when you need them.

For example, keep bathroom cleaning supplies in each bathroom.

We have a vacuum cleaner for upstairs and a vacuum cleaner for downstairs.

One of our levels is mostly carpet and the other floor is mostly hardwood floor so each vacuum is tailored to clean that surface best. I also keep cleaning supplies upstairs and downstairs.

No more lugging around all the cleaning supplies up and down the stairs multiple times.

Make cleaning easy on you!

7. Wash dishes daily

At the end of the day wash your dishes.

This means you will go to sleep with a clean kitchen sink and wake up with no dishes in the sink.

Clean the kitchen during this time too.

It will help you keep your kitchen cleaner more often than not.

8. Clean daily

Clean daily and do it at the end of the night.

Consider this exercise.

Clean your house daily for a light clean which can include things like picking up toys, straightening up, picking up pillows from the floor, light vacuuming, sweeping, wiping down surfaces, clearing out spaces that clutter up like your kitchen table that seems to accumulate mail all week long, etc.

This is quick, light cleaning often rather than deep, long cleaning at the end of the week.

It is a little workout too so like I said, consider it exercise. It will tire you out at the end of the day and help you wind down and sleep more restfully. Try it!

9. Make it a game

Get your kids involved and make it a game. If you make it fun, it won’t feel like housework.

Find a creative way to make it fun or attach a reward to it, like picking the movie for family movie night, for example.

Final Word

There you go, 9 ideas to get you started toward keeping your house clean all week long. A clean house makes you feel amazing and helps with productivity. You would be surprised how good you feel when you enter into a clean, tidy space.

If this is your goal, try some of all of these tips above and see what you think. Start small with one or two tips and then start adopting more tips, as you're comfortable.

Did we miss anything? Share some of your cleaning hacks for how you keep your home clean.

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