People with clean homes do these 3 things

People with clean homes do these 3 things

It’s difficult to keep a tidy home with kids, pets and busy schedules.

Some people seem to excel in this department, while others struggle.

“Having a home that is in disarray can cause stress, which can be detrimental to your health,” says Dr. Rian Rowles, a psychiatrist affiliated with Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Ill.

Dr. Rowles says that stress and fatigue develop when people feel overwhelmed with the mess.

“A disorganized home can also lead to worry and tension when needed items are misplaced or bills are lost, leading to late fees,” he says.

Dust mites, pet dander and mold can lurk in clutter, which can trigger allergic reactions, decrease air quality and increase potential asthma problems.

Those with perpetually clean homes likely follow the majority of these three tips and examples:

1. They follow the rule, “A place for everything, and everything in its place.” And they return the items immediately after use.

  • Towels are hung up after use or deposited in the hamper.
  • When finished, laundry is put away.
  • Clothes are hung up or placed in the laundry basket when removed – not thrown on the floor or tossed on a chair.
  • Coats, shoes and bags are put away upon arriving home. Street shoes are not worn in the house – because they carry dirt.
  • A system is in place for processing mail, paying bills and filing. Unwanted paper items are placed directly into recycling.
  • Once a project is finished or dinner has been prepared, the items used are quickly returned to their storage areas.

2. They constantly mini-clean, which eliminates the need for major deep-cleaning sessions on the weekends or during their free time.

  • Dishes aren’t left in the sink – they are either washed and dried immediately or rinsed and placed in the dishwasher.
  • Counters are wiped after each use, and water is not allowed to stand.
  • Messes are cleaned up immediately after happening.
  • Beds are made every morning.
  • Items from grocery and shopping trips are immediately put away.

3. They know if you have too much stuff, you will eventually run out of storage.

  • There isn’t a need for multiples of items when one or two will do.
  • Possessions (toys, shoes, clothes, household items) are constantly evaluated and donated or recycled when no longer needed.
  • Too many knickknacks leads to clutter and makes it harder to keep surfaces clean and dust free.
  • Too much furniture means more moving out of the way when you need to get floors thoroughly cleaned.

Those with tidy homes are constantly cleaning and straightening up, as they know it’s easier to keep something clean than to let it go and deal with a huge mess later. However, it’s not just one person cleaning up for everyone; the whole family is on board.

Do you have a suggestion for keeping your home clean? Please share in the comments below.

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  1. Now if you could only get my husband and children to buy into these recommendations. It’s incredibly difficult for one person to do the work of four.

  2. Ha, they’ve written an article on the housekeeping!! I guess my mother taught me well:)

  3. •A system is in place for processing mail, paying bills and filing. Unwanted paper items are placed directly into recycling.

    Better if you shred anything with personal information and then recycle the shredded material.
    Well this was true before Equifax carelessly gave all of our information away.

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  5. You ‘Nailed It’ !!!

  6. Gloria Picchetti August 23, 2019 at 12:31 pm · Reply

    I left home the minute I turned eighteen. I have never had a dirty apartment. I do all of these things. I enjoy the books and articles about organization very much even though I already do it.

  7. Great advice, my husband and I follow these rules. Our home is well organized which makes for a peaceful atmosphere, even with three dogs. I enjoy “purging” every so often and donate all usable items. I also enjoy reading book and articles regarding this subject, especially from Martha Stewart.

  8. Sarah Robertson August 23, 2019 at 3:20 pm · Reply

    1. Ive always been somewhat clean, and warned my husband before dating. However, my warnings had no effect so I would start with small things to get him to be in charge of, like dishes or cleaning the stove etc. now, he helps with EVERYTHING
    2. We always keep things fairly clean given how busy we are in our full time jobs and full time school. So on the weekends we wake up and get to the deep cleaning. Because we’ve implemented a routine, its been easier for the both of us to stay on top of things.

  9. Heather L Seger August 23, 2019 at 3:51 pm · Reply

    Every time the refrigerator gets empty with perishables and leftovers I disinfect the shelves before going grocery shopping.

  10. I deal w bipolar disorder and stress, but I manage symptoms by living at the standards described in this article Dr. Rowles hits it on the head disarray will always make your life seem overwhelming if you are recovering with any forms of psychotherapy. I already incorporated these habits and have successfully lessened stress anxiety and depression. I see myself and quality of life on the “cup half full” attitude a great deal more than I used to. This is rock solid advice.

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Kate Eller
Kate Eller

Kate Eller was a regional director of public affairs and marketing operations for Advocate Health Care. She enjoys road trips, dogs, minimalism, yoga, hiking, and “urban hiking.”