9 Housekeeping Tips for Normal People

9 Housekeeping tips for real people

I have a confession to make.  I am a messy person.  As much as I don’t want to admit it, I really am.   To keep everything from falling down on me, and to be, y’know, like a regular human, I participate in some cleaning shortcuts.  That’s right! 

Here are some of my Housekeeping Tips

Make your bed in the morning.  This is mainly to prevent myself from going and climbing back into bed every day, but yeah.  Make your bed and get ready for the day!

Make sure your dishes are done.  I have a dishwasher, so that simply means loading and unloading it for me.  But it’s a huge sense of accomplishment. 

If you spill something, wipe it up!  This has to be one of my absolute biggest pet peeves.  That, and use a coaster or something when you have a beverage that’s going to sweat. 

Vacuum regularly.  I vacuum once a week.  If you have a dog or cat, or a family. you may want to do this twice a week. 

I loathe cleaning the bathroom.  Did you know that once you clean your shower, you can apply a little car wax to the tiles?  It will help prevent soap scum and hard water spots.  If you have one of those fancy clear glass shower doors, squeegee it after your shower and you won’t have to clean it nearly as often.

Cleaning windows can be a chore.  And I almost always get streaks.  If you wipe in a vertical direction on the inside  and a horizontal direction on outside, you’ll be able to tell where the streaks are coming from.

De-clutter.  I know, this is kind of a massive task, but really – you’ll feel so much better when you don’t have to work around the excess stuff.  Put the good stuff away, get rid of the stuff you no longer want.  

Use an old sock on your hand for dusting.  Yep yep.  Microfiber cloths are also great, as are micro fiber mops for high places. 

Get into a routine.  My grandmother used to clean on Saturdays, and I always thought that was the biggest waste.  I so don’t want to kick my weekend off like that!  So, I do a lot of my cleaning on Thursday.  That’s not gonna crimp my weekend style!

Do you have any good cleaning tips?  Share them in the comments!


  1. says

    My most favorite cleaning tip came from pinterest at one point, when dealing with ceiling fans, use an old pillow case to wipe down those dusty blades. Just slide the pillow case over the blade and put a hand on either side then slide right off, all that nasty dust is now trapped in the pillow case and can be easily emptied into the trash!

    • Greta says

      Oooh, that’s a good one! It’s been a while since I’ve lived in a house with ceiling fans and I forgot how nasty they can be.

  2. says

    I like your tips for dusting and being able to decide where streaks are on the windows. I had never thought of either, lol. We have tons of old socks. 😉
    Time to put the teen to work.

  3. Mer says

    Love this! My favorite tip is to run a sink full of hot, soapy water and put your pans in as you cook. That way at the end of a meal you're not overwhelmed with a mountain of dirty dishes.

  4. says

    I usually use Friday to do my heavy duty cleaning.   I have to confess though, I am a nut about vacuuming.  I do it every other day.  I just like how a nicely vacuumed floor looks.  It may be a bit compulsive but It's just something I like. 

  5. says

    I make sure to clean my windows on cloudy days – this helps cut down on the streaks, too! I sweep my kitchen every night, and we vacuum every other day – that's what a shell driveway & hardwood floors get you. 
    I clean something everyday so that I'm not wasting an entire day cleaning the house. It's the same amount of time, but your house is actually much cleaner that way. 
    Thanks for the great tips!

  6. says

    the bed is easy because we sleep on a pullout couch lol so it has to be put away lol the dishwasher is a big one for me…hate doing it..but i feel better when its done lol

  7. Charlotte Raynor says

    You've made some great tips on cleaning. I absolutely hate cleaning and I don't do it very well. Thank goodness it is only me and my dogs living in this house. lol Thanks for the great information. 

  8. says

    I wash my widows on a cloudy day or early in the AM so the glass is not hat. And I use straight vinegar to wash them with. A little smelly but as soon as it drys the smell is gone.
    I wipe down something everyday in my bathroom before I shower. Thus not making the one room I dislike to clean such a big chore.

  9. ANN*H says

    Thanks for all the good tips on house cleaning. I to would rather clean during the week so I can be doing fun things on the weekends that would include making sure the laundry is done then.


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