A Lean, Mean, Cleaning Machine! Learning How To Keep A Clean House As A Lifetime Habit (When You’ve Never Needed To Before)

A Lean, Mean, Cleaning Machine! Learning How To Keep A Clean House As A Lifetime Habit (When You’ve Never Needed To Before)

A Lean, Mean, Cleaning Machine! Learning How To Keep A Clean House As A Lifetime Habit (When You’ve Never Needed To Before)


When you have finally made your home your own, either after a long time renting, and you’ve been able to purchase your own property, or you woke up one morning and realized it’s time to embrace adulthood with considerably more open arms, the little approaches are always the best. You may have been renting with other people who don’t understand the concept of clean, or this could very well be you! And a clean house is the best statement of embracing adulthood, but when you’re used to a lifetime of dishes piled up in the sink, how can you get into the habit of clean living?

Start Small

While you may not live in a pigsty, if you feel that you’re not doing enough to keep on top of your cleaning habits, the best way to begin is as small as possible, and from there, once you begin to make a habit of the smaller duties, you can then add extra ones. Making your bed in the morning is the best place to begin. Regardless of your own opinions as to whether you should make the bed or not, or if you’re in a rush every morning and hastily neglect it, making your bed is representative of a bigger challenge. If you do one thing in your whole day, making your bed is the smallest task you can complete with some satisfaction. And, amazingly, there are numerous benefits to having made your bed in the morning, you can look at EliteDaily.com for these, but when you are finally taking the initiative to turn your space into a clean living area, if you can make the bed, you’ve started the journey!

Have An Impressive Armory

The hallmark of a clean home isn’t just about the visual appeal, it’s about having every sort of cleaning implement ready should a major mess occur. If you’ve been used to living with people who don’t know what a cleaning spray is, and you’ve been doing your damnedest to keep on top of the cleaning, only to find that, 20 seconds after wiping up a surface, it gets covered in numerous stains that you can’t contemplate, it can be incredibly frustrating when you don’t have the right cleaning items to hand. It’s not just some kitchen spray that will do the job, you need various types of cleaning spray, glass cleaner, bicarbonate of soda, vinegar, and so on. And if you are allergic to many cleaning products, luckily nowadays, there are so many suppliers that provide cleaning products without chemicals. Even laundry detergent can be plant-based now, and you can learn about it at CleanHappens.com if you find yourself allergic to anything and everything, cleaning products wise. An impressive armory of cleaning products means that you’re not being one step away from obsessive-compulsive disorder, but it’s just a great way to bring the shine out of things. This makes all the difference when you’ve had a long day at work, and you just want to come home and relax. You can feel a sense of pride in a home that isn’t just superficially clean, but sparkles too!

Keep A Schedule

Yes, we’re all busy! But if you have any chance of keeping a clean home, a schedule is going to be the lifesaver. Because having a clean home isn’t just one big task, but a bunch of smaller tasks, by splitting up these duties through over the week, it becomes a habit after a while. You might not like the idea of having to clean the toilet on a Tuesday night, especially when there are so many other things to do, but if you live with other people, it’s now time to split the duties! But if you live on your own, you can justify it, because by the time the weekend rolls around, you won’t have to spend half your Saturday cleaning your home from top to bottom. By setting up a schedule, and doing a little bit here and there, you’ve got a place that is continually clean. And on this topic, cleaning up after yourself, especially after living in shared accommodation, is something that we can struggle to come to terms with. Even people that live with their parents and move out, find themselves with so much freedom, that the opportunity to make the mess is very tempting! But, we all need to have limits. We don’t have to live in a pigsty, nor do we have to waste loads of time cleaning every single item. This is where the schedule comes in handy, because there are things that only need cleaning every now and again, but other things, like dishes, need cleaning every day.

Start To Declutter

And with certain duties that don’t need doing all of the time, decluttering is one of those things that will just help your home look neat and tidy, and it’s a great way for you to keep on top of your possessions. There may be a book that you haven’t read in years, and it’s in the middle of your bookshelf, gathering dust. Do you necessarily have to keep it? Decluttering isn’t just beneficial for the overall look of our living space, but decluttering has numerous benefits on our frame of mind. If we live in a home that is full of clutter, yet we do our utmost to keep the place clean, it won’t actually look sparkly. This is where decluttering comes into its own. Decluttering is a very simple habit, but an essential one.

Learning how to keep a clean house, when you’ve been living with other people who are predominantly messy, can be a big shock to the system. As we fully embrace adulthood, we can, much to our shame, feel somewhat excited about buying some new cleaning products! But, if you’re hoping to have people over, or you just want to have a relaxing home environment, especially when you work so hard, cleaning is the simple solution to take on board. A clean house will equate to a clean mind!


  1. I love a clean house and Ican’t wait to deep clean my home for Spring!!

  2. Love these ideas! I need to declutter, just recently donated some items I don’t need. I personally love minimalist, less is more!

  3. I know I need to learn this. It’s just not easy with kids sometimes but yes, we can make it a habit. Thank you for these tips!

  4. I have never thought of cleaning my home as a lifetime habit!! But it is!! I think being raised in a military family taught me a lot about keeping the house clean. But I do love a clean home

  5. It’s amazing what a clean house affects our mood. When my house is full of clutter, I can’t think clearly.

  6. Thanks for sharing these tips! With four young kids at home keeping a house to my standards is always stressful, hoping that some of these tips will help to make it a little bit of a smoother routine to tidiness!

  7. Great and helpful tips for keeping the house clean. Thanks for sharing these advice!

  8. I absolutely agree with all of these tips. One of my goals in life is to have a clean house as much as possible, making a schedules and starting in small part really helps me to maintain the cleanliness of our house.

  9. Very interesting post! As another Terri who loves cleaning, I will say that everyone should have this list when they turn 13.

  10. I’m pretty sure it’s impossible when kids live there. I can clean my entire house and they have the ability to destroy it in a matter of minutes.

  11. These are some great tips, I think choosing a small area to work with is a good idea, otherwise everything can seem so overwhelming.

  12. I have been decluttering on and off for the last few days actually. It seems to be the season. I find what works for me is chunking the cleaning. Also my husband helps. I am lucky in some ways in that I work at home however I often find reasons to vacuum when I really should be working. But it mostly works for me because the floors are clean and I spot clean them a few days a week.

  13. This is a great post. Keeping a house tidy can be an overwhelming prospect if you don’t know what you’re doing.

  14. With 5 kids and homeschooling honestly, the thing I am least interested in is…. making beds. I do agree though about decluttering. When everything has a place then it is easier to make sure those things are in their proper places!

  15. These are all great hints and I do need some decluttering and dusting to be done in my house. I know I need to start but it is a big house and job.

  16. I really enjoyed this post. These are really helpful tips. I have to get into the routine of creating a cleaning schedule.

  17. My sister is my cleaning service. She does everyone’s cleaning on her off days. I splurge when I can to hire them but I love to clean so in between I’m a mean, lean, cleaning machine, lol.

  18. Decluttering is part of my spring cleaning routine. I’ve found that it’s much easier to keep the house clean if I do a few little things every day. Of course, I still dream of hiring a cleaning service.

  19. I can’t seem to accomplish anything when there is clutter laying about. I do so much more when everything is decluttered so I understand you wanting to declutter.

  20. I don’t think my house will ever be fully clean, but I’m okay with that. An immaculate home always freaks me out. I like to see that it’s lived in. I do need to declutter though!

  21. I need a few more items as well in mine and in the kids teen cave. I’m more of a minimalist though so too much would stress me.

  22. That is very decluttered and some people would find that very appealing. For myself I need a few more items to enjoy in my living room.

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