Always Expect Company
Clean up as if you are expecting company today. It’s more about the general tidiness than it is about the microscopic cleanliness of the space.
Everything Has a Place
This is a great general rule. If you know where everything goes, it’s much easier to find it. It’s much easier to put it back. And of course, if it doesn’t have a home, it doesn’t belong in your home.
Never Leave Dishes Overnight
Soaking dishes overnight only makes you get up to a stinky kitchen in the morning. Yes, even the really baked on stuff. Just get out the baking soda and elbow grease and get it done. Procrastination will just lead to more work that needs to be done the next day. Just get to it and get it done. You’ll feel great knowing you are walking into a clean kitchen in the morning.
Clean As You Go
Example: while you are cooking, if something needs to boil for 10 minutes, clean your knife and cutting board in the meantime. That way when you are finished, you can enjoy the meal without thinking about a ton of dishes to wash and after eating you’ll clean the plate you ate on.
NO mess left behind
If you keep this in mind, you’ll know that if you leave a mess out, it’s going to attract more of a mess. So, if you never leave a mess out, you will never see a big mess.
IF IT TAKES LESS THAN A MINUTE DO IT NOW.
It’s one rule that takes care of the majority of small messes and clutter because it puts the task in perspective. It’s one or two quick things that you can take care of right now. This way mess doesn’t build up and you’ll have less or no mess to tackle later on.
Be Laundry Ready
Laundry cannot be taken out of the dryer until you are completely ready to fold it and put it away. Clean clothes should never go into a basket. Any time clean clothes get put into a basket, it just sits there and doesn’t get put away”. You take your stuff out of the dryer, fold it immediately and put it away. The basket is not the final resting place for your clothing.
Don’t Lean, Clean-IF YOU’VE GOT TIME TO LEAN, YOU’VE GOT TIME TO CLEAN.
This is pretty self-explanatory. If you have nothing better to do then get to cleaning. You’ll be happy you tackled that task rather than sitting around doing nothing.
DISHWASHERS ARE FOR DIRTY DISHes, NOT CLEAN DISH STORAGE.
In other words, when your dishwasher dings, unload it. Don’t fish in the dishwasher to get out a clean dish. If you have time to get one clean dish out, you probably have 3 minutes to just unloaded it. And by the way, unloading your dishwasher means that you can load it up with dirty dishes instead of letting them pile up in the sink and on the counter.