Find yourself feigning excuses for why your friend can’t pop up to your place to use the bathroom before the movie? Ever turn beet red with embarrassment when unexpected guests enter your home? It sounds like you have a messy house.
By incorporating these simple cleaning habits into your daily routine, you can become one of those magical people whose home is always super clean and guest-ready. Here are few things people with sparkling clean apartments do every day. Adopt these habits and you’ll set yourself up for a better day (and beyond!).
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Make Your Bed
Before you leave the house in the morning (or better yet, before you leave the bedroom), make your bed. If you’re in a rush, pull the comforter up to the pillows, and smooth it out to create the semblance of a made bed. This simple act creates a sense of order in your bedroom and sets your day off on a productive note that’s likely to carry through.
Do a Load of Laundry Every Day
Washing clothes on a regular schedule keeps the dirty pile from becoming overwhelming (not to mention, ensures that you’ll never run out of clean underpants). Those with big families prefer doing it every morning, but if you live alone, doing laundry a couple of predetermined days a week should suffice.
Fold, Hang, or Place Clothes in the Hamper
As tempting as it is to drop your clothes on the floor after a long day’s work before slipping into your sweats, tidy people take the time to fold, hang, or place them in the hamper, as necessary. Do this, and your clothes and floor will both look better for it.
Never Go to Bed With a Dirty Kitchen
Resist the urge to climb directly into bed after a big meal. Take care of any and all kitchen cleanup that night — clean pots and pans, wipe down counters, etc. Not only will the mess harden and be smellier the next day, but waiting means that you’ll have to spend your morning backtracking to make up for what you neglected the night before, instead of getting a head start on the day ahead.