Tips for keeping your house clean and tidy

The secret to keeping a clean house is doing these simple tasks daily, so messes and clutter never get out of control.

If you’re tired of spending Saturdays cleaning, only to find on Monday that your home looks like you did nothing, here’s help. From what you should tidy first thing in the morning, to a 2-minute task to do before bed, these tips to keep a clean house will have your place looking tidy all week.

  1. MAKE YOUR BED

As the most visible surface in the bedroom, an unmade bed makes the whole room look messy. If tucking in sheets isn’t your thing, switch to a duvet with a removable cover that you can launder each week — you have to pull it up and, boom, your bed’s tidy.

  1. EMPTY THE DISHWASHER EVERY MORNING

Emptying the dishwasher makes keeping a clean house easier because dirty dishes won’t have to sit in the sink or on your counters. If you’ve ever timed yourself doing this, you know it only takes 5 minutes. Do it while the coffee brews, or while you wait for the kids to get ready for school.

  1. CLEAN UP EVERY TIME YOU COOK

Dirty countertops attract household pests and make your kitchen look awful. Since you already emptied your dishwasher, you can quickly load dishes after meals or snacks and then wipe your counters. This task doesn’t involve moving everything. Put any food away, then spray and clean around the rest.

  1. DO A LOAD OF LAUNDRY DAILY

A daily laundry habit is life-changing. Pop a load in before heading to work. Or, if your washing machine has a delayed start cycle, set it to run right before you get home. Transfer damp clothes to the dryer after dinner, then fold them while during commercial breaks on TV. Putting away one load of laundry takes almost no time. Do it on your way to bed.

  1. WIPE SINKS AND FAUCETS

Toothpaste splatters and hairs in the bathroom sink look nasty. Keep a container of disinfecting wipes under your sink, so they’re handy. Wipe the sink basin and faucet after you’re done getting ready for the day.