As I mentioned in my post on Fighting in Marriage, my husband is a bit…tidier than I am. Keeping a clean house is very, very important to him. I wasn’t aware of all his “tidy habits until we got married. Our first week into marriage he sat me down and said, “Hey…can I teach you something I like to call the 1-touch rule?”
Keeping a Clean House 101: The One Touch Rule
My husband then proceeded to say: “Let’s say you come in from outside and take off your jacket. You then conveniently drape your jacket across the back of the couch and go about your next activity. Next, someone comes over and wants to sit on our couch so you quickly move it to the counter. Later you are making dinner so you finally move your jacket to your closet. How many times did you touch the jacket before you put it away? 3 Touches. Let’s say you come home, take your jacket off and put it straight in your closet…how many touches would that be?” He then excitedly exclaimed “ONE TOUCH!” And then he grinned as if he had just given me all the secrets to a successful life.
So there you have it: “Keeping a clean house 101” straight from the mouth of my darling husband. It sounds a little “no-brainer,” but it really does take some training for my brain to learn not to just set things in a different spot where they do not belong. It also takes a deliberate effort to make sure all of your belongings “have a home,” a place where they belong.
Also, stop by houseoforder.com. My friend Marie Ricks updates her homepage every day with a daily cleaning task that will keep your house “up to par” year-round. If you’re anything like me, I’d much rather have a daily cleaning schedule and spend 5-10 minutes a day (sometimes less) doing one extra small cleaning task than spend two weeks spring cleaning! UPDATE: it looks like she stopped blogging, but she has some amazing tips in her book Organize as You Go. Or you can read my post on Time Management where I list all of the best ideas that she taught me (she helped me overcome my laundry problem). That woman is an incredible organizer!
My other favorite tip for cleaning is using E-cloths! I went to a Norwex party once and was so thrilled with everything the magic cloths could do WITHOUT using harmful cleaners, but I about choked when I saw the price tag on just ONE cloth. My sister has since introduced me to e-Cloth which you can get on Amazon for a MUCH better price. I asked one of my friends (who sells Norwex) if she thought there was a quality difference between the two and she said “honestly, they are pretty similar, it just depend which product you are introduced to first.”
I have since ordered e-Cloths for cleaning everything in my house and I love them. I also love that the tag says exactly what it’s supposed to be used for (like “kitchen cloth” or “dusting cloth,” etc.). If you have never used microfiber cleaning cloths before, the 8-piece home cleaning set is a great place to start! The only Norwex product I have heard people say is better than e-cloth is their dusting mitt, which can also be found on Amazon.
What are your tricks to keeping a clean house?
Want more simple tips for keeping a clean house? You might like these posts by my sisters at doublethebatch.com: