Today I wanted to have a quick look at maintaining the improvements that have been made, as having a clean space makes me feel better, and I'm sure it does you too. It's good to do a deep clean and to blitz a room, but once it's done, decluttered, cleaned and sorted there is always the risk of letting it slide back to how it was. I've been there and done that a million times over, as I'm sure you have too.
Maintaining the clean spaces is easier than you might think, and here are a few of my tips for keeping on top of things:
- When cooking the first thing you should do is fill the sink with hot water and washing up liquid. As you finish with something put it in the sink. When you have some time - such as when something is baking in the oven - clean what's in the sink, then after you've eaten all you have left to wash up is the dishes you've eaten from.
- Wipe down the sides after every washing up session, this means that the sides stay clear and clean ready for the next bout of cooking.
- Before you go grocery shopping go through what you already have in the house, throw out anything that has expired or that no one will eat, make a note of what you have in and then MEAL PLAN and only buy what you'll need for the meals you've planned. You can plan weekly, monthly, daily - whatever works for your family.
- Floors get things on them, it's a fact of life. So once you've wiped down the sides (and probably brushed crumbs onto the floor) sweep or vacuum the floor, you then start building up a routine (fill sink, cook, eat, wash dishes, wipe sides, sweep floor) and it's easier to maintain things if you have routines to do so.
- Don't leave things in the drying rack indefinitely. In the morning put away the dishes you washed the night before or dry them with a tea towel once you've swept and put them away.
- Pick stuff up as you leave the room. You might have gotten in from work, taken your shoes off and put them away, then realised you need to take the socks off too, that's fine, it's your house. Just remember to take them with you the first time you leave the room and put them in the laundry basket. The same goes with jumpers, cups, plates, packets of biscuits etc. Anything that doesn't have a home in the room goes back to it's home when you leave the room once you've finished with it.
- It takes five minutes to dust flat surfaces. Put a song on that you like, damp cloth in hand and run it over all the flat surfaces, don't worry too much about knick-knacks you can do them on the weekend, but please dust at least twice a week. Dust builds up quickly, and it builds up even faster the more people and pets that live in the house. It can also aggravate conditions such as hayfever and asthma.
- Vacuuming after dusting doesn't take long, put on another song and bop around the room like it's a disco just for you while pushing the vacuum around getting all the dislodged dust, pet hair and general dirt off the carpet or floor.
- We all clean our bodies, whether that's in a bath or shower, or at least we should... So once you're out of the bath or shower and are drying off wrap yourself in the towel and give your surfaces a wipe down, you can't get clean in a dirty space can you? It takes two minutes and it means that the next time you go in, it's already clean.
- The mirror gets attacked by all kinds of stuff from toothpaste to hair products to simple water splashes. Give it a spritz with some white vinegar and wipe it down with a dry cloth once a week to keep it sparkling.
I hope these little tips help you maintain your clean spaces.
Let me know if you have any easy maintenance tips or tricks, or share your stories of cleaning and keeping clean!