Having an immaculate house all the time is unrealastic but you can have a presentable house if you keep to these five chores.

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.

Secondly…

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.

Invest in a solid broom if you want it to remain in one piece.

  • Nicole DaRosa

    For me, the first thing I notice to get dirty the fastest is the floor. Hair, crumbs, tracked in dirt… I am obsessed with keeping a swifter and a broom around at all times! Great tips 🙂

    • Nicole exactly! especially when you have a crawling baby and her knees expose exactly how clean or dirty your floors really are.

  • Michele Dawn

    My boyfriend who I live with is the clean one in the relationship and I know I have to keep our place organized. Sometimes I get overwhelmed in a large house and it takes me HOURS to clean. These are the basics that I can do anytime. I need to sweep my floors more!

    • Michele I’m a “setter”. You can literally tell exactly where I’ve been in the house because my stuff leaves a trail. But that’s easy to take care of when you stick to the 5 chores. The “setting” is my next bad habit to address.

  • Laura

    I love this. I literally clean up after every meal, and some people might think that is obsessive, but it keeps me sane!

    • Laura I agree. It really does keep you sane knowing that there are no dishes in the sink!

  • Ashley Stephenson

    I do most of these except maybe the laundry! I try to do laundry every Sunday but there are some days like the past few weekends we have been out of town sooo I did all 5 loads yesterday and today!

  • Lisa Roe

    It does get easier. We have three daughters, all grown and on their own so there is a lot less to clean up and the laundry is a breeze. Now I just have one kid left to pick up after….the husband, lol.

  • Sondra Barker

    I wish I had this list for my house I lived in during college! It’s so hard living with roommates because it seems like the house gets messy in .5 seconds after cleaning it, but having a chores list and all that helps! Love cleaning the kitchen and dining area right after a meal, dirty dishes are my biggest peeve

    Sondra xx
    prettyfitfoodie.com

  • Taylor Smith

    I make my bed every morning! It really changes my mood!!!

  • Heather Jordan

    I love these tips! I definitely struggle keeping a clean house so I appreciate the inspiration!

  • Allison Ellzey

    OMG! That video! When I’m cleaning house it ALWAYS helps to make the bed first!

  • I can’t believe but I actually do these thing every single day!! Who knew I was ahead of the game… LOL Great tips though. Despite doing these things I definitely know that panic when a guest is coming by.

  • These tips are fantastic! I’ve been trying to go through our apartment in the evening, wiping down counters and making sure the kitchen is clean. It’s so nice to have a clean home!

  • Tanya Bricking Leach

    We have company coming this weekend, and I’ve assigned my husband and kids to tackle the floors. Teamwork!

    • Mrs. Pigeon

      Nice! We have our daughter’s first birthday this weekend. So. Much. Cleaning.

  • I definitely need to keep up with my chores. I actually just put a load of laundry in! Thanks for sharing these tips!
    xoxo Christina
    http://www.xoxochristina.com

  • Emily Hosea

    I’m glad it’s not just me fighting the endless battle to keep the house clean. Great tips

    • Mrs. Pigeon

      Emily it really is an endless battle.

  • Lauren Falardeau Pariseau

    I seriously am digging some of the stuff in this post. I am an avid bed maker and bathroom sink cleaner, but I’m TERRIBLE at staying on top of the laundry. I really am going to try that ‘don’t do more than one load per day thing’. that is far more manageable!

    • Mrs. Pigeon

      Lauren, it has truly changed the way I do laundry. It actually gets done now!

  • Haley Willis

    These are all super helpful! I need to focus more on keeping a clean house and hopefully it will reduce some stress!

  • Hailee Stegall

    This is all great advice that I need to implement! I’ve been wanting to do the one load of laundry a day thing but haven’t started yet! I hear it’s the best way to go. Thanks for the tips!

  • I’m so bad at keeping up with my laundry – it’s perpetually on my “to do” list because I hate it so much…but then I have no clothes to wear so I have to do it all at once and it’s even worse!

  • Melody Butler

    This is honestly so helpful. I am the worst at doing any of this but I hope to get better. The video reminds me of my mom the mornings before birthday bbqs!

  • Laura Dee

    These are great chores to implement into everyday life. I am totally with you on making the bed. Such an easy but impactful chore to do each day. I definitely need to work on keeping the floor swept. That is something I always fall behind on. Also, I totally have THAT closet that my son ALWAYS sees to open when we have company. Ugh.

  • These are such simple tasks and yet sometimes you just forget about them. I think my biggest hate is laundry as it just seems never-ending! Working on them each day though prevents that “company’s coming!” Freak out when you have to clean everything in one go!

  • Chelsey Horne

    These are great simple tasks to implement into everyday life! Thanks for sharing! ❤️

  • Taylor Smith

    Making the bed is a huge one for me!

  • Amy C

    Love these ideas! I do a few of them but I have a serious problem with laundry build up! I need to take your advice!

  • Kate

    We’ve started trying to do a load of laundry everyday and it helps so much!