7 Clean As You Go Tips

7 Clean As You Go Tips

One thing I’ve learned over the years of trying to keep up with several kids and pets in our home is that if you really want to have a “clean enough house” like I do, you need to find ways to be very efficient and make it a habit to clean as you go. It really isn’t any extra work to clean more often, in fact, it’s actually less work to clean as you go than it is to save up all the work until your house is a giant mess. Being prepared to clean by having the right supplies ready to go and then actually cleaning up as you go through the day will make a difference in so many ways!

7 Clean As You Go Tips
Because I try to keep up with my daily routines for housekeeping, I love having what I need on hand to keep up on washing dishes and laundry, it just makes me feel prepared and efficient. There’s nothing more frustrating than running out of dishwashing detergent on a busy week! I recently received a bundle of cleaning products from The Honest Company delivered right to my door, it doesn’t get any more efficient than that! The Honest Company products are so adorable and clean smelling and we love the convenience of the service! Honest’s goal is to provide you with a little relief by delivering the family essentials to your doorstep– to simplify your life and bring more delight to every day. They definitely achieved their goal at our house!

Here are some of my tried and true clean-as-you-go tips:

1. Make it a daily habit to put things away where they belong to save yourself time and stress later. When you see something amiss, pick it up and take it immediately to where it belongs, rather than letting things pile up. Keep a basket near the stairway to toss items that go up or down stairs to save a few extra steps.

7 Clean As You Go Tips

2. When you see a messy countertop or a dirty sink, take a few moments to clean and polish it up right there on the spot. To make cleaning easier, I keep an all-purpose cleaner and rag or paper towels handy under the sink so I can quickly clean up a mess before it has a chance to grow and multiply.

7 Clean As You Go Tips

3. Schedule online deliveries directly to your home for frequently used cleaning items like dish soap and laundry detergent. Always be stocked with what you need to do laundry and dishes so they will never pile up waiting until you can get to the store. I ordered my essential cleaning products in a significantly discounted bundle from The Honest Company (with up to 40% off versus ordering items individually) and they can be conveniently scheduled to ship regularly so you can refill your supply as often as you need without making emergency trips to the store. You only pay when they ship! Orders are obligation free and so convenient!

4. Empty the dishwasher before you start cooking. With an empty dishwasher, you’ll be able to put your cooking and dinner dishes immediately into the dishwasher after dinner and go to bed with a clean and shiny kitchen.

7 Clean As You Go Tips

5. Wash dishes after every meal. Yes, at first it will seem as though you are always doing dishes. But the alternative is dirty dishes piling up in the sink and all over the counter all day long. I personally love using the Lemon Verbena Dish Soap and the Honest Auto Dishwasher Gel. They are tough, but smell great and are safe for your family and home with advanced plant-based cleaning. Keep up with the dishes and soon you’ll become accustomed to a clean kitchen and never want to go back to letting dishes pile up again.

7 Clean As You Go Tips

6. Keep cleaning supplies in every bathroom for quick and easy access. With easy to grab cleaners and towels you can quickly polish up a sink and with toilet wands available you can easily swish out a toilet. If you have to go to another part of the house to grab supplies first, you’ll be more likely to put off cleaning or simply forget to do it.

7 Clean As You Go Tips

7. Toss in a load of laundry in the morning, move it to the dryer and use a timer to remind yourself to remove items and immediately fold, hang and take to the proper location. Keep laundry moving along and you’ll avoid ironing and laundry pile ups.

What are your favorite clean-as-you-go tips?

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How to Set Up A Paper Filing System {For People Who Don’t Like to File!}

How to Set Up A Paper Filing System {For People Who Don't Like to File!}

I love the idea of papers being super organized. 

I drool over pretty organizers and colorful boxes. I adore patterned binders and color coded files. I love stickers and labels. But, I have a problem that has plagued me forever.

I have a fear of filing papers — or at least a very strong aversion to it. I have tried to be an organized-filing-kind-of-person my whole life. I really want to be a filer. They seem like such ‘together’ people.  I like pretty things, so I always thought the solution to my paperwork problem must be to just get pretty files and notebooks.

But no, pretty boxes alone won’t make your papers organized. I know this now.

How to Set Up A Paper Filing System {For People Who Don't Like to File!}

file boxes or organizers in this post via See Jane Work {not affiliate links}

I have a couple of paper organizing plans that work pretty well for me, including my hallway magnetic board for urgent papers. I still love and use that board!

Nevertheless, there were still too many important papers I didn’t actually need immediately that were cluttering up the board.

I have an issue with “out of sight, out of mind.” I don’t like overstuffed file drawers. I don’t like paper cuts. So I don’t file.

Filing has always been my most dreaded organizing task. When I tried to follow other people’s instructions for how to set up a filing system, I got overwhelmed in the process. If you love to file, your brain must work differently than mine :-). Too many files and I shut down.

I should have just hired an office assistant who loves to file. Maybe I still will.

But meanwhile, I was determined to figure this out and conquer my problem once and for all.

Out of desperation and fear of being buried alive in paperwork, I finally sat down and mapped out my several file drawers in my office and designed easy filing systems I actually want to use!

Baby steps. That’s the key.

I think that is actually the secret to most successful routines I use at home for cleaning or organization. The more I simplify the process and take it just one step at a time, the more likely I am to actually keep up long term!

I’m SO excited to be conquering my fear of and aversion of filing once and for all. PRETTY boxes, notebooks and files are still essential to me since I’m all for creating a pretty ROOM, but the system inside has to be simple and practical.

How to Set Up A Paper Filing System {For People Who Don't Like to File!}

file boxes or organizers in this post via See Jane Work {not affiliate links}

Today at The Decluttered Home I’m sharing a first BABY STEP plan to paper organization and filing! Come find out how I set up the first drawer of my very simple file system for time sensitive papers AND tips for how to use it! If you too have an aversion to filing but want to start getting organized, this post just might help motivate you to get started! I’m pretty happy to finally have a plan that will work even for a file-challenged girl like me. I can’t to wait to share MORE of my new-found systems for organizing papers!

How to Set Up A Paper Filing System {For People Who Don't Like to File!}