Keeping a stress-free, clean house

When was the last time you cleaned your house? Just a little bit… tidying up, cleaning the bathroom a little, cleaning the kitchen, and generally making the place look nice.

There is a tremendous pleasure in being able to relax in a clean house.

Of course, with flatmates, kids etc it never lasts long, but there are things you can do to keep it generally clean and tidy.

Here are some habits you can try to maintain to keep a stress-free house:

1. Never leave dishes in the sink. Or counter. Clean up any messes in the kitchen after you’re done. Wipe the counters, keep the sink clean.

2. Tidy the bathroom as you go. After you use the bathroom, clean the sink, the toilet, spray down the shower, real quick. It only takes a couple of minutes, and the joy of a clean bathroom is unmatched.

3. Pick up as you go. There are little things kids leave around the house. Just pick them up throughout the day, or keep a basket for their stuff and just dump them in there, for them to put away later.

4. Never leave clothes out. If you have a tendency not to hang once-used but still clean clothes in your bedroom, leaving them out to clutter the place up. No more. They either go in the dirty clothes, or they get hung in the closet.

5. Take the trash out every day. It’s cleaner, and even if the trash isn’t quite full, this is a good habit.

6. Tidy up before you leave the house. It’s wonderful to come home to a clean house. Just pick up a little before you leave.

7. Make the bed in the morning. Do this either before or after your shower. You’ll love a perpetually made bed.

8. Tidy up before you go to bed. Waking up to a dirty house is stressful. Waking up to a clean house is an incredible way to start the day.

9. Don’t let clutter pile up. There’s a place in the kitchen where you can pile books and papers. That needs to go. Piles are stressful. Clear this counter daily, along with the inbox you may have for all incoming papers.

10. Get rid of the papers on the fridge. You can pretty much put all of that info on your calendar. They leave a very cluttered appearance.

11. Teach the kids (or others) to put their stuff away. By far the greatest source of stress and messiness. This will also be the most difficult task, and we don’t know if it can ever be accomplished. But it’s worth a try.