I’m a Virgo, and I love having a clean and organized home, workspace, whatever it is, you name it. I can’t cope if stuff is everywhere, if something is dirty or if something has a specific place and it isn’t there. OCD? Maybe. But even if you are not as obsessive as I am, having healthy home habits can contribute to having a healthy… well, everything. And that’s what we are talking about today.
10 HEALTHY HOME HABITS
- MAKE YOUR BED
First thing in the morning, when you are ready to officially step out of bed and start your day. That’s the precise moment when you need to make your bed. Having this done contributes to feeling like your house is tidier, and sets you off on the right track of things. It makes me feel particularly more productive. And I also think it’s one of the easiest things to do to make your home look more put together. Even if everything else is squeaky clean, having an undone bed makes everything feel like it isn’t.
- PICK UP YOUR CLOTHES FROM THE FLOOR
I never leave anything on the floor, but I know it’s very common for people to do so. And I totally get it! You are tired and just want to get into bed. And putting your dirty clothes where they belong seems like a heavy task, so you throw them to the floor. If you relate to this, just make sure that you pick them up in the morning. You will feel so much better if you have a clear path throughout your house, instead of having a minefield.
- ALWAYS CLEAN YOUR KITCHEN AFTER USING IT
Or even better, clean your kitchen as you cook. That 5-minute wait you have until your pasta is ready. Use those minutes to clean everything you’re done using already. I know is such a hassle, but since the kitchen is one of the most used places in the house, it’s really easy for it to get really messy and dirty. Not to mention that you use it for cooking and eating, and food is particularly helpful when you want to make a mess. The stains, the crumbles, whatever. If you just take an extra 10 minutes to wash your dishes, run a damp towel through the top of the kitchen countertops, and put away any food. You’ll notice how quickly it is to make your kitchen look put together.
- CLEAN AND DRY THE KITCHEN SINK
Still on the kitchen… One particular thing I learn from my mother – she is a clean freak too – is that after washing your dishes always clean and then dry your kitchen sink. Ever noticed how some houses have like drop stains in their sinks? That’s because they don’t dry it after and the water – and food – droplets dry out and turn themselves into stains. That is actually hard to remove once they are there. This is a very simple thing to do, and I promise it will make such a big difference.
- PUT AWAY CLUTTER
This one is not that hard. You use something, you are done using it… put it away! It’s just that simple really. If you don’t, then we start accumulating stuff everywhere and creating piles of unnecessary clutter.
- KEEP YOUR SHOES AT THE DOOR
Japanese people have the amazing culture of not walking through the house with their shoes on. I know this is a rule not everyone will follow. Especially if you are having guests, it could be awkward telling them to take off their shoes at the door. BUT, it is a simple way to prevent dust and dirt to be everywhere inside the house. My boyfriend and I do this at home. All of our shoes are stored in our dressing room, but whatever shoes we are wearing that day, once we get home, we take them off in the entryway and continue our journey – to the kitchen most likely – barefoot.
- CLEAN YOUR BATHROOM REGULARLY
Bathrooms are that other place in your house that gets dirty pretty easily and pretty quickly. And not only for obvious reasons… But bathrooms are a place where you use a lot of products, shed a lot of hair. Don’t you hate that little piece of toothpaste that falls from your toothbrush and stains your sink? I hate it and happens to me every time! (I really hope I’m not the only clumsy one, lol). Another thing I hate is when Nico shaves and leaves a mountain of hair behind. He doesn’t, he cleans it. But he learned the hard way! So just make sure to wipe and clean your bathroom often! Not just for OCD reasons, but just basic hygiene, and sanitary reasons.
- OPEN UP YOUR WINDOWS, EVEN DURING WINTER
Another thing that I’m particularly sensitive about? Smells. I need to air the house out every day. Can’t stand coming into my house and it smelling like the meal we cooked, or whatever else. I open up every window in the house first thing in the morning and let the wind work its magic. I also leave the windows open while, and after I’m cooking. And during the summer I leave them open the entire day, to be honest. Unless we turn the AC on. Same goes during the winter. Everything is likely to be closed because of the cold weather outside, and the heat is turned on inside. But still, I open up the windows in the morning for a tiny bit. And after every meal too.
- RUN A DUSTER IN BETWEEN DEEP CLEANINGS
Just run a duster through everything in between deep cleanings. It will make your deep cleanings faster because you have been keeping track of things. And also, it will help a ton, to make your home look tidy and clean throughout the week.
- DEEP CLEAN AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK
Deep clean every single corner, place and thing at least once a week. Change your bedsheets. Change your bathroom towels. Clean your windows and furniture. Wipe every countertop with special products. Vacuum and then scrub the floors. Keep up with laundry. Whatever it may be! Just deep clean it.
And those were my healthy home habits for a clean and healthy home! Redundant, I know. But effective.
Let me know what are your healthy home habits in the comments below! I want to know! No, really. I want to know! Just in case I’m missing something! #OCD