I’ll just start off by being completely honest with everyone: My husband and I are NOT naturally organized and tidy people. Despite this fact, we both agree that it is so much more relaxing to live in a clean and organized house. Living in a clean and organized house makes us happier and more productive. Maybe other people can ignore the clutter and mess, but it makes it really hard for us to relax at night.
If we want to live in a clean house, we have two very basic options:
1) Hire a housekeeper – We could hire someone to actually take care of this cleaning business for us. Wouldn’t that be nice? I would love for someone to take care of the sweeping, dusting and vacuuming for us. We’ve actually considered this option before. As two busy, young, full-time professionals, it feels like free-time is the last thing we have. Here’s why we’ve never hired a housekeeper: money. Since we are super focused on paying off our student loan debt, we don’t feel like paying for a housekeeper..for now. This could change in the future.
2) Option two is to clean our house ourselves (as you might have already guessed). This is what we do now, and will likely do for the next year. Cleaning your own house isn’t a big deal. I would even argue that cleaning can actually be relaxing. What is a big deal, is trying to keep our house routinely clean. I don’t want to waste the weekends with cleaning.
The Best Tip
About two years ago, my husband and I decided that we needed to make a change. We wanted to live in a clean and organized space but couldn’t figure out how to keep our house clean or organized. So, when you have a question/problem where do you normally start looking for answers? Hello Google! I researched how to keep you home clean and how to organize. There were many different resources on the internet. I was so happy to read other’s people’s advice and get inspired.
I eventually came across Alejandra‘s Home Organizing empire. She’s been featured on HGTV and offers classes on organization. She also has a huge YouTube Channel on organizing as well. I decided to sign up for one of her free video series. The class was awesome and gave me the best tip for keeping your house clean and organized:
Spend 15 minutes cleaning your house everyday.
Yeah, It’s that simple. If you (and maybe even your significant other or roommate) each take 15 minutes every day (Monday-Friday) to clean the house, you’ve put in a collective 2.5 hours of cleaning by Friday night. By the time the weekend rolls around we have very few house cleaning chores that need to get done. This routine has worked wonders for us. We know longer waste a half-day on Saturday or Sunday cleaning the house. Instead we chose to get a few things done every night during the week.
Here are some easy chores we get done during the week:
- Doing the Dishes
- Washing the hand-wash only dishes
- Wiping down counter tops
- Take out the trash
- vacuum the rugs
- Clean the toilets
- Sorting through the mail/Throw out junk mail
I really hope this method of house cleaning will be helpful to some of my readers. I know we are all super busy working and side hustling our tails off. We have debt to pay off, savings to grow, net worth to build and dreams to reach. For many of us, hiring a housekeeper simply isn’t an option we can afford. Hopefully this frugal housekeeping Hack will help you keep your house clean and organized.