Moving into a brand new space is great… everything is clean, in perfect working condition and tip-top shape. Naturally, you’d want it to stay this way forever, but life happens and dirt and grime makes its way into your beautiful home. Fortunately, there are ways to minimize the effects everyday life may have on a clean house, and prevent any longterm build-up that may be difficult to get rid of.

The best way to keep your home clean is to clean it regularly! Make a daily, weekly, and monthly schedule of house chores that need to get done regularly, as to be sure you don’t forget. Schedule specific times for larger tasks like lawn care, deep cleans, power washing, or cleaning the gutters. Organize your cleaning supplies, and stock them well. Whether you organize your products in a designated closet or near the area they are needed, make sure you know what you have and where everything is so you don’t feel unprepared for any task.

Be sure to schedule regular inspections. Have a professional come out once or twice a year to inspect the exterior of your home, making sure there is nothing in poor shape that may go unnoticed to the untrained eye. Issues like roof damage, ceiling leaks or problems with foundation often sneak up on homeowners, who then end up having to fully replace them when they could have easily been repaired, had they found out earlier.

Clean your faucets and take care of your countertops. Many people don’t give these items the proper care they need. Both of these features are beautiful, but can easily be damaged or stained. Regularly clean the hardware on your handles and faucets, then check for any loose or drippy leaks that could get damaged, or leave a permanent water stain. As for countertops, depending on the material, they may stain or chip without proper care. Make sure to research what’s needed for your countertops, and add it to your cleaning schedule.

Lastly, take the necessary steps to protect your home from the elements common in your lifestyle, whether it be dirty soccer cleats, toddlers drawing on the wall, or a dog dirtying your rugs. Add a welcome mat and a shoe bucket at your front door, keep your markers out of reach and invest in a doggie door. Any little steps you can take to make your cleaning routine easier and life in your home more organized, do so! Running a clean, organized household is not a one size fits all, and figuring out what works best for your family is all about trial and error!