When we moved into Casa de Impresionante I made it no secret that we would be keeping it clean and tidy every single day. When you consider there is just one simple rule for a clean and tidy house it doesn’t seem difficult at all.
It doesn’t take a lot of rules and a cleaning schedule to live in a mostly clean house every single day. It just takes a concentrated effort from everyone living there. We have one major rule that I totally insist everyone follows in my house.
My One Simple Rule for a Clean Home
Pick up after yourself.
It really is that simple.
What do I mean exactly, by clean up after yourself? It’s not a whole lot, really.
After your shower Zoe and I shed a lot of hair. It is especially noticeable after a shower. Our hair tends to stick to the shower. It takes less than a minute to rinse it all down, and throw it away leaving the shower hair free for the next person.
After brushing your teeth. Again, it takes less than a minute to rinse the sink out after brushing your teeth. That means no toothpaste (or spit because ewwww gross) left in the sink, or on the faucet.
After changing clothes. We all have laundry baskets in our closets so all of our dirty clothes go in there whenever we change clothes. Zoe is old enough to do her own laundry, and with her own laundry basket, she’s responsible for it on her own.
After eating. We make an effort to only run our dishwasher once a day, usually after dinner, or before we go to bed. So after a meal, or a snack, dirty dishes go in the dishwasher. Because we run it at night, every morning we start the day off with clean dishes and cleared counters.
When leaving the living room. We all bring books, laptops, tablets, phones, things to the living room every day. Clean up after yourself means, when you are done with those things, you take them with you and put them away. At the end of every day, everyone is responsible for any of their things left in the living room. It takes as much effort to put it away as it took to get it out. Taking things with us as we go to bed every night, means Sam and I can enjoy our morning coffee in a clean, clutter-free living room.
By each one of us cleaning up after ourselves. that makes cleaning each room much easier. It takes less time and effort to scrub each bathroom. With everything picked up in the living room I have less things to move when I vacuum. Putting dishes in the dishwasher after using them, means the kitchen is already mostly clean and wiping down the counters and sweeping the floor are so much easier. Because everyone is cleaning up after themselves, and responsible for their own rooms, it means I spend significantly less time on weekends scrubbing and vacuuming my house.
I can not express how satisfying it is to enjoy my morning coffee in a clutter-free living room. I can enjoy my coffee without looking around at all the things that need to be done.