How do you keep your house clean??

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 3
1312 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@bretonvirgniia:  IKEA has great storage solutions for small spaces 

Post # 4
3262 posts
Sugar bee

When you use something, put it away where it belongs after you use it. Hang up clothes after you wear them.  If you dont need something and its taking up space, donate it or sell it. And set side one day a week for “deep cleaning”, and assign tasks for each of you to do. For example, on deep cleaning day my FI vaccums the whole apartment, dusts, and takes out the trash. I clean the bathrooms, make sure the bedrooms are tidy, and clean the kitchen. Once your place is spotless youll be more motivated to keep it tidy.


Post # 7
1822 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

I would downsize your extra “stuff” first – garage sale or donate the clothes that don’t fit in the closet or dresser. Not much else you can do for them unless you magically conjur up more space for another dresser. Even if you jury-rig some sort of extra storage, cramming extra furniture or clothing rails in your home will still make it appear messy.

As for keeping it clean… try making a schedule. Sunday afternoons at 4pm is laundry time. Wash, dry, hang. No exceptions – no “I’ll just leave it in the dryer until I feel like folding”

Post # 8
6633 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Let me know if you find out, sigh toddler=my living room looks like a tornado went through it half the time. 

Post # 9
820 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@bretonvirgniia:  The best tip I have for you as a former-messy person is to set aside 20 solid minutes every night to clean up. Like, at first, take one Sunday and get everything done. It will suck, but then it will be clean! It will be awesome! You’ll feel like a new woman! Then, from there, pick out a 20 minute segment of time (We do 9-9:20 p.m. every night) and just clean up. Get dishes done from dinner, vacuum if needed, throw a load of laundry in, pick up the clothes you threw on the floor this morning, take out the trash, etc. 

I’m a super clean person now, and I promise, it becomes addicting. The first time you walk in your house after work and it’s clean, you’ll never go back.

Post # 11
10384 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

You probably just have too much stuff. We successfully lived in 650 sq ft for 4 years without that problem. You can pretty easily use shelves and cabinets to add storage Are you allowed to put nails and stuff in the wall if you patch the holes when you leave? If so, go vertical with your storage. You can use decorative bins for underwear, socks, scarves, winter gear, etc to clear out dresser space.

Purge your clothes. Purge the other crap you never use. I guarantee you can open up 50% of your storage space if you do that.

There’s also nothing stopping you from using storage furniture with drawers and cabinets in the living and kitchen areas for clothers. If your layout is awkward, make it work.

Post # 12
3360 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

As far as clutter, you need to take a day and do a massive clean up – get it the way you want it to be, figure out what organization system might work for you (like using the den as a big closet for the two of you?).  For maintenance, set a schedule to do one cleaning thing every day.  That’s how I keep up with it because it doesn’t get overwhelming.  So, for example, on Monday I need to clean the toilet, on Tuesday I’ll wipe down counters and sinks, on Wendesday I’ll vacuum/sweep, etc.  Then it’s just keeping up rather than feeling like every time you clean it’s some massive endeavor.

Post # 13
3360 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Oh, and I agree on doing a purge.  DH and I try to do this once a year at the very least.  I think, unless it has special sentimental value, you should donate anything you haven’t used in 6 months.

Post # 15
2562 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

We don’t own a lot of “things.” But we can get messy (apparently we hate laundry bins), so about once a month FI and I will clean the house together.

We do it all, it takes about an hour – deep clean the bathroom; surface clean the kitchen; put away the laundry; tidy up knick-nacks around the apartment; make beds (and/or change sheets); clean off our desk, take out the garbage and recycling (we do this more often but it goes out when we clean regardless); sweep, vaccuum, and mop the floors; and revel in the clean-ness.

It goes faster because we tag team everything, and it’s more enjoyable than cleaning the kitchen by myself, for example. We both appreciate the help the other provides.
We live in a one-bedroom apt, I don’t actually know how many square feet.
The main room is a dining/living/entry/office, so it can get particularly messy.

We haven’t purged closets and the like yet, we’ve only lived together for a year. And, like I said, we don’t own many things.
I usually purge my closet once every 6 months or so, but haven’t done it since we moved (closet storage is too tall for me to reach easily in the apartment!)

[ETA] Oh, between our cleaning sprees… life is short and we try to tidy up as we go. The apartment looks a little messy sometimes, it’s OK.
We are mostly a laundry disaster, though. Like… it’s everywhere.

Post # 16
2876 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 1998

@bretonvirgniia:  I make sure everything has a home. I can’t stand anything being left on tables or counter tops. I use pigeon holes which I have in my pantry and my kids also have them in their rooms so everything has a home. 

I make an effort to thoughly clean 2 rooms everyday and just tidy the others. I think the key is to not let it get too messy as it can easily become overwhelming:)) Goodluck!!!

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