Being in the military means our family moves a lot-we usually average about two years in a home before the Army sends us on to another location (like our upcoming move to England!). I don’t mind moving a lot-it gives us the chance to see different places and meet new people and as an added bonus-we get to have that “new home” clean every other year or so. You know what I’m talking about-that bare-bones polished clean of a new home? Today I want to share some tips with you for how to maintain a “new home” clean feeling in your home no matter how long you live there!
Start at the Front Door
Start as soon as you enter your home by removing your shoes. Wearing shoes in the home is a sure-fire way to track in dirt and grime. Place a pretty basket with some shoes in it to remind guests that you prefer your home a shoe-free zone.
Clean the Sneaky Areas
One of the biggest tips to maintain that new home clean is to be sure not to neglect those sneaky areas of the house that might be overlooked. Don’t forget to dust and clean light fixtures and ceiling fans, clean air vents and base boards. I use a Swiffer Duster to get those hard to reach places in my home and Magic Erasers are excellent for scrubbing kitchen grime off of cabinets and other surfaces.
Keep Cleaning Supplies Handy
No one wants to dig for cleaning supplies when a mess happens so keeping cleaning supplies handy is essential. Use an adhesive hook on the inside of a closet door to hang a Swiffer WetJet for easy access when life’s messes happen-it can handle anything I throw at it and cleans both wood and tile surfaces. Making sure the entire family has easy access to cleaning supplies also means there’s no excuses when spills happen (and no reason to yell to Mom for help-even my 4 year old knows how to use the Swiffer!)
For more ideas on maintaining that clean slate of a new home check out these 5 tips from Jonathon Scott of Property Brothers fame: