If you’re anything like me, you go to someone’s house and you wonder, “How the bloody hell do they keep this so clean? They have three kids!!”
First and foremost…
Have you seen this video? It’s the most accurate representation of a mom cleaning for company I’ve ever seen. Every mom cleans like this when she knows she’s having people are coming over.
It’s a LIE people! Her house is not actually that clean all the time. She’s praying that her kids don’t open “that closet” and everything comes crashing out while you’re there. Her lie would be exposed.
If your family is anything like ours, you can’t possibly keep an immaculate home and actually sleep. Why? Because you and your significant other are working as many as 3-4 jobs, raising small people with the hopes that they won’t be ass holes as adults, ushering the dog to the kitchen where she can puke on the ceramic instead of the carpet, all while trying to make sure that you don’t look like a homeless person when you finally make it to the grocery store for the first time in too long.
If you really want to keep up on a presentable house, though, you should do these 5 chores every day.
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1. Make your bed
Company won’t see your bed but it will make you feel good. Admiral William H. McRaven gives a fantastic explanation as to why you should be making your bed every day. If you have time, watch his speech. It’s a little over 14 minutes long. If you don’t have time, the gist of his speech is that if you make your bed, you’ve accomplished at least one thing in a day. It really is a fantastic speech and if you have time, please watch.
2. Wipe down your bathroom sink and shower walls
The bathroom is where you go to get clean. My biggest argument on this has always been, how can you get clean if your bathroom is disgusting? And let’s face it, bathrooms can be downright fowl. Wipe the sink down after everyone has brushed their teeth in the morning. If you have a minute, use some good bathroom spray and really scrub it. If you’re short on time, reach for a quick Clorox wipe. Both get the job done. As far as the shower goes, squeegee your walls when you finish showering each day. You can grab one here.
Do you need a quick pick me up? Read What Happened to the Squeegee? I promise you won’t be disappointed.
3. Keep up with your laundry
This one seems to be difficult for a lot of people. I’m no exception. When things get especially hectic, this is the first chore I neglect. Rosemarie at The Busy Budgeter has a fantastic post about laundry. I’ve been following her advice on laundry for a few months now and it’s really been working well for me. By completing one load per day, from start to finish, I am staying on top of things and getting more done without getting overwhelmed. Her advice is hands down some of the best advice I’ve ever read.
The secret to the perfect laundry routine is to never do more than one load each day.
4. Clean up your kitchen and dining area after every meal
By cleaning up, I mean do the dishes, put all of the leftover food away, and wipe down the table and counters. By cleaning up after each meal, you are starting the next meal prep with a clean area. It’s always so much easier when you’re starting fresh. If you’re a messy cook, this will help you learn to keep a clean working area. If you have a family, NO ONE is allowed to do anything else until everything is cleaned up.
In our house, the number one excuse for trying to get out of cleaning up after dinner is “I have to go to the bathroom.” I’m officially at the point where I would rather risk cleaning up a bathroom mess than let them get out of helping again.
5. Keep your floors swept
This might be the most important of the essential chores. Your family and guests are walking all over the floors every day. They are bringing in so much dirt (not to mention the germs) when they are walking through. Invest in a reliable vacuum and a solid broom. Sweep your floors every day if you can. If that’s just not feasible, sweep at least three times a week and if you have pets, this is even more important.
Growing up, my mom had an Orek vacuum. Every house in our family was equipped with an Orek because of how wonderful they are. When I moved out, I couldn’t afford one so I’ve been using a Shark Navigator for the past 5 years. It works pretty well and I’ve never had any problems with it. The best part is that I’ve never had to clear the brush (and my hair is LONG!).
Now a broom, you need to spend a few extra dollars and get a good broom with a wooden handle. We bought this one after our old broom broke. It was not a good day. I was so close to finishing and that stupid thing broke but that’s a story for another day.