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Unfortunately, there is nothing magical about maintaining a clean home. So, stop hoping for a Mary Poppins spell as a way to make the mess go away and adopt effective habits that will act as your own cleaning power with minimum effort on your part.

There are people who never have to clean their homes, and that doesn’t include people who can hire staff to do the chores for them.A little bit of effort on your part on a daily basis will turn into cleaning hacks that will keep your home clean, clutter-free and comfortable.

Want to know their secrets? Here are their secrets shared by The Home Makers Journal to make your home clean and organized.

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1. Dirty dishes should never wait for a proper cleanup

The first one of the 13 habits of people who never have to clean their homes has everything to do with dishes. Just how many times have you allowed your sink to fill up with dirty dishes because you would take care of them “later”? Well, if your goal is to struggle with the remaining clean dishes and even risk growing a new ecosystem in your sink, you can leave your dirty dishes in there for days. But if you want to keep your home clean without actually having to spend hours on the task, wash your dishes the moment you’re done eating! That way, this particular chore will take up 5 minutes of your time the most.

2. Put your clothes away immediately

This one is pretty obvious since nothing says mess like a chair that holds all of our clothing bits and pieces that we simply couldn’t be bothered to put away. And if the pile of clothes expanded from the chair to other areas of your room, it’s definitely time to do something about it. Yes, having to deal with your clothes the moment you come home can be a bit tiresome. However, if you take a minute to put your clothes back to their place, it will prevent the “chair syndrome” from happening and help you keep your home tidy.

3. People who never have to clean their homes make their beds

The fact that you’re still going to use your bed later does not matter – is that a reason to keep the whole thing messy all day? Definitely not. If you make sure to make the bed every morning, your home and especially your bedroom, will look a lot more pleasant and you’ll feel a lot more comfortable. It doesn’t take more than a minute to even out the sheets and position the pillows.

4. Declutter your home to achieve pure happiness

You may be wondering what decluttering has to do with being happy. But, your personal environment has a serious effect on your well-being. The more things you have that collect dust, make it more difficult to move around and/or simply don’t match your aesthetics, the more stressed and anxious you’re going to feel. You don’t have to throw away all your possessions, of course. But try to scan your home every month or so for objects that you simply never use or don’t like.

5. Organize your papers properly

Are you a paper hoarder? Your answer is probably no, because, what does it even mean to hoard paper? What paper? Well, your bills, documents, newspapers, candy wrappers, receipts, even old cardboard boxes – these can all make a mess in an instant if you don’t designate a place for each paper group. Throw away all the things you don’t need anymore. Also, when it comes to bills and documents, determine aa special place for them, so you always know where they are.

6. Dust and vacuum weekly

If you want to become one of those people who never have to clean their homes, it’s very important that you create a chore schedule and stick to it. Of course, this doesn’t have to be an overly complicated schedule, especially if you take the time to wash the dishes right after the meal and make your bed every morning. What’s important is that you do your dusting and vacuuming as scheduled, on a weekly basis, so that you don’t actually have to think too much about it or put more effort into the task than necessary.

7. Clean up your creative mess as soon as you’re done playing

If you have kids, then you know that keeping your home tidy can be a real struggle. However, it’s always the small steps that can make everything possible. For example, when you play with toys or draw together, or do anything playful that makes a mess, make sure to clean all that up once you’re done playing. Of course, as your kids get older, you can encourage them to do the cleaning themselves.

8. Where do you keep your coats and shoes?

Messy hallways are not a pleasant sight. Moreover, leaving your shoes all over the place can lead to an accident, especially when it’s dark. Therefore, one of the best habits that you can learn from people who never have to clean their homes is to always organize coats and shoes. You can even play with DIY hooks for your coats and jackets. An open shelf can serve as a shoe holder. The important thing is to keep them at one place so that you don’t trip over them and know where they are at all times.

9. Clean your fridge on a weekly basis

Just like your dusting and vacuuming should be done on a weekly basis, don’t forget about your fridge. After all, emptying the fridge, wiping the inside and looking through the food so that you can organize it according to the expiration date will help you keep your fridge nice and tidy, but will also prevent food waste.

10. Clean as you cook

Washing the dirty dishes right after you’re done eating is essential in keeping your home clean with minimal effort, but what about your sink, stove and other appliances? Well, this particular habit is fairly easy so definitely try to incorporate it into your daily routine. Namely, try to wipe the surfaces of the appliances you use for cooking as you cook, to make sure that everything is nice and clean.

11. Never stuff things that you don’t use under your bed

Sometimes it can really seem easier to just put away the things we don’t know what to do with under the bed. It’s a perfect hideout, isn’t it? Well, you should never put stuff under your bed like that. Sure, it’s fine as a temporary solution, but you better find a proper storage for whatever you have under there. Having things under your bed will cause dust to accumulate much more, which can have a negative effect on your health.

12. Wipe, wipe, wipe

Dusting and vacuuming are a must for a clean home. However, there will be situations when these are simply not enough. This is especially true if you tend to walk around your home in shoes. Therefore, apart from dusting and vacuuming, you have to wipe the floors from time to time. You can also make this a part of your schedule. It’s relatively simple to make this task easier on you. For example, using a special floor coating can simplify the process of wiping in the long run. Also, pay attention to the cleaning agents you use for this task. If you want to live a sustainable life, opting for green cleaning solutions that you can make yourself may be the best choice.

13. Give your windows some love

Keeping your windows clean can be a truly simple task. You’re wondering what habit can make this happen? Well, instead of waiting for your windows to get so dirty that you can’t even see the outside properly, wipe them with a glass cleaning agent every two weeks or so. That way, your windows will always look pristine clean but the actual time you spend on cleaning will be close to none. There are many benefits to letting natural sunlight fill your home interior, so make sure that your windows help you keep your space bright, healthy and cozy.

Author Bio: This guest post is written by Elizabeth Plumb from www.thehomemakersjournal.com. She loves to write about Home Décor, parenting, traveling, crafts and activities.