25 Housecleaning Tips to Keep Your Home in Tip-Top Shape Year-Round

Updated 12/14/18

If you lead a busy lifestyle, you know the drill. You start off the week with a mostly clean, tidy house (depending on how many chores you achieved over the weekend). By midweek, though, you realize that you haven’t put away your dry-cleaning and haven’t folded your laundry. There’s a growing stack of mail in the hallway, a used gym bag by the door, a pile of fresh laundry on the bed, dirty dishes in the sink (and clean ones in the dishwasher, which didn’t just finish its cycle).

To top it off, your vanity looks as if a bomb went off in the beauty aisle at Saks. By Friday, the house is a full-blown disaster zone—that is, until you rest from your week and tackle the massive (and much-needed) tidying-up job. Then the cycle starts all over again. Do yourself a favor and adopt these clever daily house cleaning tips so you never have to spend precious weekend tidying up. We promise it’s quicker than you think. Keep scrolling to study up on the house cleaning tips that will transform the state of your home permanently.

Bedroom

House Cleaning Schedule
Tessa Neustadt ; STYLING: Style by Emily Henderson

IN THE MORNING…

IN THE MORNING…

Make the bed as soon as you get up. Making the bed first thing in the morning will kick-start your productivity levels and make it that much harder to crawl back into bed.

Wipe your bedside table each morning. Keep wipes near your bedside table, and give your bedside table a quick wipe when picking up your phone in the morning. That’s one less chore to tackle on the weekend.

AT NIGHT…

Edit your closet as you go. Keep a hamper or bag in your closet where you can throw items of clothing that don’t work anymore as you’re getting ready in the morning. Sort through it once a month, and toss, donate, or sell.

AT NIGHT…

Immediately rehang items you wore. Don’t just throw clothes on a chair if they can be worn once more before laundry day—hang them. Keep dry clean–ready items in a separate section of your closet.

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Bathroom

House Cleaning Tips
Courtesy of Elizabeth Lawson Design

IN THE MORNING…

IN THE MORNING…

Spray your shower with cleaner after each shower. Give your shower a quick clean daily by spraying it with cleaner, quickly wiping surfaces, and letting it rinse out.

Hang towels on bars and robes on hooks. Your towels need to properly air-dry in order to be able to reuse them two to three times. Make sure they’re properly hung to dry. If you’re a bathrobe person, a dedicated hook for it in the bathroom will make your space feel a little more like a hotel room.

AT NIGHT…

Keep a laundry hamper in your bathroom for towels. Your bathroom is not a hotel; don’t leave towels on the floor or in the tub. If they’ve gone past their three-day use, quickly throw them in the hamper.

AT NIGHT…

Clear your countertops of clutter. We get it; mornings get busy. Make a point at night to clear out and put away every product that was used to get ready in the morning.

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Kitchen

Kitchen Cleaning Schedule
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IN THE MORNING…

IN THE MORNING…

Empty the dishwasher while you brew your coffee. It should be ready for your breakfast dishes so they don’t pile up in the sink and sit there all day.

When you notice a spill, clean it right away. It’s easier to notice tiny spills in broad daylight, so inspect your countertops and floors in the morning. While it’s easy to tell yourself oh, I’ll just take care of that when I clean this weekend, getting it done will get you into the habit of cleaning as you go.

AT NIGHT…

Swap out your dish towel. It turns out that dish towels should be changed more often than we think, so get into the habit of swapping them out in the morning and tossing the old ones into the laundry basket.

AT NIGHT…

Clean as you cook. There are two types of cooks in this world: those who clean as they cook and those who don’t. Learn to be the former by starting with your prep work and cleaning that before you start cooking. Once your meal is ready, quickly rinse utensils before sitting down to eat. It will make it much easier to clean up after a meal.

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Living Room

House Cleaning List
Courtesy of Emily Henderson

IN THE MORNING…

IN THE MORNING…

AT NIGHT…

Keep baskets in every room. Once a day, do a quick walk-through of each space. Fill up your basket with accumulated clutter, and leave it by the door. Put each item back in its place first thing when you get home.

AT NIGHT…

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Entryway

House Cleaning Checklist
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IN THE MORNING…

IN THE MORNING…

Keep your bag, keys, and coat in the same spot. Make it easy to get out the door in the morning by having everything you need to organize in the same spot.

AT NIGHT…

Take out the trash and recycling when you leave the house. You can alternate days between the two, but getting into this habit will prevent from having garbage pile up at home.

AT NIGHT…

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And now, the best natural cleaning products to add to your housekeeping arsenal.

This story was originally published on May 24, 2016, and has since been updated.

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