How to Keep Your House Clean in 5 Simple Steps

how to keep my house clean

​Keeping the house clean on a consistent basis can seem like quite the daunting task. Further, it feels like a never-ending task, one that is always stacking up. If you've ever asked "how do I keep my house clean?", then follow our 5 simple steps below.

how to keep my house clean

Though a dirty house may seem like a daunting task to clean, maybe even a day-long chore, we are here to tell you that by following these simple steps, you can keep your house clean easily and without much effort.

This method will help you to clean the whole house in less than 2 hours, and it will help you to make sure it stays clean. Read on for these two important steps to keeping your house clean, and a room-by-room guide on how to use them.

The 5 Step Process for Keeping your House Clean

Cleaning your house is a process, but there is a simple five-step guide to keeping your house clean quickly, easily, and efficiently keeping it that way.

keep a checklist of every room to clean
  1. Make a list of rooms to clean. Before you begin, you need to make a to-do list, and tackle one room at a time. Sometimes, it's helpful to 'batch' rooms together - maybe you'll do all the bathrooms back to back, for instance, or tackle your upper floor before the ground floor. However you choose to group things, the list is where you make your plan of attack.
  2. Gather supplies. Make sure that cleaning supplies are at the ready. You'll want foaming shower cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner, a toilet brush, and surface cleaners for the bathrooms. The kitchen will make use of that surface cleaner, too, as well as dish soap and sponges. For the bedrooms, get the laundry bins in order, and simple dusting materials are probably sufficient for the rest of the house.
  3. Clean from the top down. When you begin cleaning a room, always start your cleaning at the top. Shelves, mantels, windowsills, and cobwebs in corners should be the first to go. This ensures that any dust, dirt, or grime that falls down while you're cleaning will naturally be picked up by a later step. The last thing you should do in a room is clean the floor, and you should clean yourself out the door.
  4. Clean from left to right. Similar to cleaning from the top down, when you clean, start at one side, and work your way around the room at the top, in the middle, at the bottom, and finally the floors. This should work whether or not you choose to dust or vacuum first. This ensures that everything gets attention, and helps keep your cleaning fast and efficient.
  5. Mark it off the list! Once you've finished a room or a group of rooms, mark it off the list, toss out any trash, tidy up extraneous items like laundry, and move on to the next.

Keeping your House Clean Room by Room

Let's break down the process of keeping your house clean with a room-by-room guide.

In your bedrooms, it is good to begin by stripping the beds first thing. Combine the linens with any dirty laundry, and place the hamper outside the door. If there's trash or clutter that needs to be removed, bag it up and sit it outside the door as well. 

Then, just like the process says, clean from left to right, top to bottom, finishing up by vacuuming yourself out the door. For faster cleaning, use a top notch vacuum with lots of suction, so you don't have to double back on your work. Then you can make the bed again, and you're all done.

In bathrooms, there is a logical order to cleaning. Since foaming shower cleaner and​ toilet bowl cleaners need to sit, spray these on first thing. Then, while they are doing their jobs, you can work on cleaning mirrors, counters, and sinks. 

If there is a wastebasket, bag the contents and sit it outside the door. Once these tasks are done, you should be ready to wipe down the shower and scrub that toilet. Finally, clean up the floors with a mop or vacuum, and clean your way right out the door, taking the trash on your way.

The most dreaded room to clean may be the kitchen. Start with dishes - load the dishwasher or clean the dishes first, so that you can fill your sink with hot soapy water. Before you begin your cleaning sweep, go ahead and make sure the kitchen trash can is emptied and the bag placed outside the door. 

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You can use this to wipe down cabinets and other surfaces, working from the top down, left to right. Use surface cleaners where applicable, and give the floors a mop or vacuum last thing. Work your way out the door, and take out the trash when you've finished. You won't believe you were able to clean your house so quickly!

About the Author Allen Michael

Allen Michael is the Founder and Editor of Home Viable, a website that he started to provide readers with tips on home efficiency and automation. He draws on his engineering background combined with his family-of-four experiences for his articles.

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