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1. Put Coats Away

When you come home, go directly to the closet or nearest hook and hang up your coat. Leaving it on the back of a chair, the banister, or worse the floor makes for a messy looking house.


2. Wipe Down Kitchen and Bathroom Counters

Nothing’s worse than seeing dirty countertops or bathroom vanity. A quick wipe with a disposable sanitizing cloth is all you need to do before you leave the house. Keep a container of wipes in every bathroom so they’re readily available to you.


3. Don’t Leave Shoes at the Front Door

Have a way for your family to put shoes away when they come in. A basket, shoe organizer or rack can help create a sense of order and leave your mud room or front door looking more inviting.


4. Don’t Leave Dishes on the Counter or in the Sink

Don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink. Instead, make sure the dishwasher is emptied each morning, so it’s available to put dishes into it.

If you have a dish rack, put clean dishes away. The kitchen will appear cleaner and will be ready to prepare your next meal.


5. Hang Bath Towels after Use

Install hooks or rods in your bathroom to accommodate the number of towels that are used by your family. My bathroom has two hooks, in different locations. To make it easy for family members to identify, consider using a hook with a picture frame. Frame each person’s name to make it easy for each family to know which hook is theirs.


6. Close The Bedroom Door

My daughter wasn’t the neatest person growing up. We had a rule in my house –  I didn’t want to see, smell or have it escape the confines of her room. Sometimes if your kids are messy, the best thing you can do is to have them close the bedroom door.


7. Don’t Forget To Empty the Trash

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone to a friend’s home, used their bathroom, which was relatively clean, only to find trash overflowing. Nothing will make a space look dirty than an overflowing trash can. Assign it to a member of the house, and have them empty the trash a few times a week. It’s a great job to give to one of the smaller children in the home.


8. Make Your Bed

Nothing will make your room feel inviting than making your bed each day. It automatically makes the room appear clean and organized.


9. Eat At The Table

Having owned my cleaning company, I’ve cleaned hundreds of homes. The number one way that people’s homes look dirty is when they eat anywhere besides the kitchen or dining room.

When you allow the family to eat in the family room what tends to happen? Spills, that’s what, and spills make the house look dirty. Not to mention the leftover dishes and cups that get left behind by the people who don’t feel like bringing them back to the kitchen and loading them in the dishwasher.

My daughter had a baby a couple of weeks ago. I told her, “Carrie, if you want to keep your home looking clean, never allow Lucas to eat anywhere except at the table.”


10. Have It Smell Good

When you walk into a house, and it smells nice, you automatically think it’s clean or cleaner than it might be.

I love to use aromatherapy in my home to keep it smelling great! I regularly diffuse my favorite scents, depending on my mood. Sometimes it’s something bright and fresh like a citrus blend and other times it’s more relaxing, like when I go to sleep at night and diffuse lavender.

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