Cleaning your house doesn’t have to be a large, monumental task. A few simple tasks that you do daily can help keep your house clean with minimal time invested each day.

How to keep your house clean (without a cleaning lady!)

Have a cleaning schedule. Make a schedule and stick to it. Just focus on one or two things per day and have set days for your tasks. For example: clean the bathrooms every Sunday, vacuum every Monday, and so on. This way, you don’t have to take up an entire weekend day cleaning. This also prevents things from becoming overwhelmingly chaotic.

Do simple tasks daily. Along with your weekly cleaning schedule, there are a few things you can do every night (or morning) to keep your house clean without much hassle. Sweep the kitchen floor and wash dishes nightly before bed. Wipe out the sink every time you use it.

Have a designated spot for mail, keys, etc. When you come home,  set down keys, purses, mail, and other items you collect throughout the day here and only here (unless you’re putting items away of course!) This will prevent things from being scattered around the house and save you time in the morning when you need to get out the door. Pick a day in your weekly cleaning schedule to tidy up this landing space and put away items that didn’t make it back to their home during the week.

Turn cleaning into a family game. See who can pick up their toys the fastest or be the first person to load the dishwasher each day. Then reward the winner with a special treat. Your kids will be more likely to pitch in if they feel like they’re having fun and they know they’ll get to see that new movie they’ve been asking you about.

Just a few minutes of organizing at the end of the day will help you keep your house clean even if you don’t think you have time to tidy up every day.

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