Emerald from Pink Balloons for Lunch shares some helpful tips you can incorporate into your everyday life that will teach you how to keep your house clean and organized.

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There’s something about having a clean home that brings a sense of solace. When our homes are clean and clutter-free, we’re able to think clearer and be more effective in our everyday lives. Many books on getting focused often start out with making sure that our surroundings are tidy. There seems to be a direct correlation between having an organized home and a manageable life. However, when you’re home is filled with people that actually live in it day to day, keeping it clean can prove to be a struggle. There are some passive ways on how to keep a house clean that you can implement on an everyday basis. This way, the bulk of your free time won’t be spent cleaning.


How to Keep Your House Clean: Bathroom

The bathroom is a room that receives plenty of traffic. Because we are constantly using it for various reasons throughout the day, it’s a room we really have to pay attention to.

One way to make sure your shower stays nice and clean is to make a mixture of 2 cups of water, 1/4 cup baking soda, 2 teaspoons dishwashing liquid and 3 tablespoons of white vinegar and add it into a spray bottle. You can add about 10 drops of lavender essential oil to minimize the smell of the vinegar if you choose. Since this mixture is mainly all natural, it’s fine to keep around the perimeter of the tub. After you step out the shower, take your natural cleaner and spray down the shower and tub. Run your shower again to get all the cleaner off and you’ve prolonged your time until you have to do a deep clean in your shower.

If everyone in the house makes a habit of this, you definitely won’t have to clean the shower as often. It’s also a great idea to keep a cleaning sponge or cloth under the sink. On your way out of the bathroom, you can quickly spray and wipe the counters to keep them pristine. Using unlit candles is a smart way to keep your bathroom smelling amazing. Just take the top off the candle and place it on the sink. Since the bathroom is an enclosed space, it gently scents the room without having to be lit.


How to Keep Your House Clean: Bedroom

Keeping bedrooms clean is all about having the right tools. Firstly, you must make your bed as soon as you get out of it. This sets the tone for your day and gives you an instant accomplishment that will give you a mental boost.

Also, invest in storage containers or baskets that can fit under your bed. This is especially useful if you’re short on space. Having a complete change of linens under your bed also makes it easier to change them while your other set is being washed. Picking the right nightstand helps to keep your room more organized as well. Store your journals, books and magazines in the drawers. If it’s large enough, it can double as a work desk for those of you that work from home.

Storage ottomans are another way to keep your bedroom organized in a functional way. Aesthetically, they look amazing and come in materials from rattan to leather. You can store your slippers, remote and any other things that you would most likely be left out in the room.

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How to Keep Your House Clean: Kitchen

Dishes are usually the culprit in a messy kitchen, so preparing one side of your sink with water and few drops of dish detergent is very effective. If your family doesn’t wash the dishes immediately after using them, this is a great hack. Throughout the day, your family will add dishes to the soapy side and this will lift most of the grease and food off of the dishes and make sure that when you hand wash or put them in the dishwasher, they’ll be spotless.

As we get older, our knees aren’t what they once were, so the Cinderella style of scrubbing the floor isn’t a likely option. Mops are fine too, but there is another way to get your floors sparkly clean while remaining vertical. You can “mop,” your floor with your feet! Use old hand towels and your choice of cleaner and shimmy across your floor. Put on your favorite tunes to make it more fun, but be careful!


How to Keep Your House Clean: Den

The Den is usually a more formal area of the home that is not as frequented as the living room. To keep this room tidy, opt for minimal furniture. Sometimes less is more. The den pictured here only has a few chairs in an intimate circle. You can always purchase magazine racks for the side of chairs to turn your den into an in-home escape.

Living Room

How to Keep Your House Clean: Living Room

The living room is also a place in the home that receives heavy traffic. If we’re not careful, it can easily become littered with an assortment of everyday items. A shoe closet is the first thing that’s needed to keep a living room tidy.

If your living room is carpeted, the constant foot traffic can wear your carpet down and make it appear soiled. Providing a place for your family and guest to store their shoes cuts down the amount you have to vacuum your carpet. This is another great place for a storage ottoman to keep board games, books and children’s toys.

A media console is also an easy way to store all your movies and unsightly cords. Having a small cordless vacuum nearby allows you to quickly vacuum up messes when they occur and perform daily maintenance seamlessly.

I’ve included a helpful checklist that outlines all the tips I’ve given here plus a few recipes to get you started. In maintaining a cleaner home, it’s truly about what habits you can make a part of your everyday life. Cleaning your home becomes effortless when you have the right tools that are incorporated into your everyday routine. Download your free home cleaning printable here for reference. Have any tips you’d like to share? Let us know in the comment section!

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The everyday life of being a mother & wife has its ups and downs, but being home with my children enhanced my love for decorating (pink balloons) and cooking (lunch)! I'm also into beauty, fashion & TEDx talks! Guess that explains why I was a cheerleader & Junior Class Senator in college!

  • Cindy DG

    First I downloaded the checklist! There are some fantastic tips on there. Honestly, I need help in this area! This post is for sure! Definately for me! I need to make sure I find a space for items and put them back into “their place.” That will be a huge help!

    • Thanks for downloading the checklist, Cindy! We hope you continue to find it useful. Having a designated place for items makes organizing and keeping our homes tidy a much easier task.

  • Han-‘Naeh

    This is just what I needed!

  • These are great tips! I really needed some motivation. Being a working mom, and trying to keep up with everything can sometimes be overwhelming.

  • Jennifer Borget

    This was amazing! My house has a lot of clutter, so these were great tips to change that! It’s hard to find time to do it, but this was helpful in giving me tips on what to do!

    • Emerald

      Thanks Jennifer! I know it’s hard to keep a tidy home with little ones. So happy you found the article helpful!

  • dee

    These are some awesome tips. I for one have a problem making my bed up when I wake up in the morning. This was something that was taught to me as a child, but as an adult just did a way with. I do believe that it would help to keep things organized.

    • Emerald

      Making your bed up as soon as you get out of it is a great practice. I’m glad you found the article helpful Dee!

  • Great tips for sprucing up our homes during the busy summer season when family and friends are over. The house gets pretty busy with the kids and their friends. I look forward to using these tips to make my house clean!

    • Emerald

      Glad you found them useful Felicita!

  • Censie ‘Mumby’ Sawyer

    I need this! Our home gets to cluttered sometimes. Having a check list like this would keep us on top of the clutter and mess and help us feel less crazy I think. Great tips to help us get it together!!

    • Emerald

      lol @ “help us feel less crazy.” It is true that you feel more scatter brained when your space isn’t organized!

  • Theresa

    I can definitely appreciate these tips as I’m someone who can’t stand the house being a mess. I particularly like the one about keeping your den with few things. The more things you have, the more clutter for sure. Thanks for sharing printable!

    • Emerald

      Amen Theresa! Pairing down to the essentials is what really makes fora tidy home. 🙂

  • Sweet Silly Sara

    These are fantastic tips! Sometimes I feel like my days revolve around cleaning. These tips are certainly going to help me to tidy up smarter! We have little kids so there is always a cluttered mess to deal with in one room of my home… if not multiple rooms!

    • Emerald

      I completely understand Sara. I have two little ones of my own and sometimes I feel that I’m fighting a losing battle! I’m glad you like the tips!

  • Kristy

    Thank you for these wonderful tips, Emerald! Just like you mentioned in your post, I’ve been keeping a sink full of water and soap in my kitchen, and it is amazing to me how much it helps. It is a great reminder to everyone that they can wash their own dish quickly.

    • Emerald

      Absolutely Kristy! Thanks for chiming in!

  • MJ

    Your tips are perfect. Having two toddlers makes keeping up with the schedule a struggle but I do the best I can. I am working on decluttering and donating things (lots of things) so that I can be better organized. Will download your printable because it is just what I need.

    • Emerald

      Donating things to charity is a great way to get organized MJ! 🙂

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