5 Tips to Make Your House Look Cleaner After a Long Day

Last Updated on June 24, 2019 by Ellen Christian

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Check out these tips to make your house look cleaner. I am the first person to admit that cleaning the house is not something that’s high on my list of fun things to do. After I have worked all day, made dinner, and washed the dishes, the only thing I want to do is relax for a few with a cup of tea before it starts all over again tomorrow.  Unfortunately, ignoring the housework isn’t something that I can do and still have the house look decent.

5 Tips to Make your House Look Cleaner After a Long Day

5 Tips to Make your House Look Cleaner

I tend to do most of my housework on the weekends. That means on Monday, the house looks pretty darn good. On Friday, not so much.  While I try to do a quick pick up at the end of the day, I don’t have time to deep clean during the week after working and taking care of blog related things. But, that doesn’t mean I can completely ignore the house all week either.

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Cleaning my house

I have a small home that is two stories and 1500 square feet. We have three bedrooms, one bathroom, a living room, and a kitchen. When we entertain, our visitors stay on the first floor which has the kitchen, living room, and bathroom. Cleaning my house for guests involves cleaning those three rooms.

5 Tips to Make your House Look Cleaner After a Long Day

How to tidy your house

Tidying your house is a phrase that reminds me of Marie Kondo’s method of cleaning. If you haven’t read the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, I highly recommend it. The easiest way to tidy your house is to keep things in their place. Put everything back where it goes when you’re done with it from the coffee cup you used that morning to the blanket you curled up with when you were reading.

5 Tips to Make your House Look Cleaner After a Long Day

How to have a clean house

I try very hard to stick to Flylady’s method of cleaning my home. She breaks tasks down into short time periods and follows a schedule where you do the same tasks each time every week. You spend 15 minutes decluttering each day. And you focus on deep cleaning a different room roughly every month.  I’m not perfect but it works pretty well for us.

5 Tips to Make your House Look Cleaner After a Long Day

How to have a clean house

The only way to have a truly clean house is to clean it or pay someone to do it for you. Keeping the clutter to a minimum will make it easier to clean. Put laundry in the laundry basket, dirty dishes in the dishwasher, magazines in the magazine rack. Then create a weekly cleaning schedule that is realistic for you and your needs.

If you’re expecting company soon and need to do a quick clean up, focus on the room you’ll be visiting in. Don’t waste time cleaning rooms they won’t see. You can focus on them at another time. Just close the door to those rooms for now. Follow as many of these tips to make your house look cleaner as you have time to do.

5 Tips to Make your House Look Cleaner After a Long Day

Swish and swipe toilets and sinks. Heaven forbid your guests need to use the bathroom and it isn’t clean. Quickly clean the toilet and the sinks and add clean towels to the towel rack.

5 Tips to Make your House Look Cleaner After a Long Day

How can you make a dirty house look clean?

If your house is truly dirty, the best thing to do is to tackle the most obvious problems. Look at your floors. Are they covered with crumbs, cat hair and dirt from your shoes? Quickly run the vacuum over your floors to deal with crumbs and dirt. Then do a quick damp mop to get obvious stains. Take out the garbage and recycling.  And, light a candle if you are dealing with pet, cooking or baby odors. Then eliminate the source of the odor as much as possible.

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5 things used to keep your house clean

I don’t go all out when it comes to cleaning products and accessories. I have a few simple things that I keep on hand at all time to keep my house clean.

  1. Vinegar DIY Citrus Spray
  2. Homemade Febreze
  3. My O-Cedar ProMist to clean vinyl sheet flooring
  4. This cheap homemade screen cleaner that works on monitors and TVs
  5. Homemade furniture polish

What are your favorite tips to make your house look cleaner?

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