Thankfully, my mom was quite patient with me and kindly nudged me to start routines that would keep my place looking nice and clean. I soon discovered that keeping things clean didn’t take all that much time or effort. In less than 30 minutes a day, we created a space of order and tidiness. And my turning point couldn’t have come at a better time, as i started living on my own soon after. It was nice being able to invite my friends over to my place without having to worry that they will be frightened to step into a living room that looked like a hurricane had passed, or even worst getting lost in my mountain of clothes.
For many men heading out on their own for the first time, maintaining a cleaning routine on their own wasn’t something they had to do at home. Sure, they might have helped with chores when asked, but they probably had their mom or dad telling them what to clean and when. But keeping your space clean and tidy is important for a variety of reasons: it’s hygienic, allows you to feel comfortable having people over, gives you peace of mind, and even helps conserve your supply of willpower. Waking up or going home to a messy / untidy house will not make you feel so great. I have also noticed with myself that i feel better when the house is clean and tidy, furthermore i can find what i need immediately, rather than spending 20 minutes looking for my phone just to notice that it was in my pocket all along.
Establishing a Simple Cleaning Routine
The key to keeping your place clean is to break the job up into smaller daily and weekly tasks. A lot of young men won’t clean anything for a few weeks, and then when the mess gets so huge it can no longer be ignored, have to spend a whole Saturday digging themselves out from under it. Or, the job begins to seem so enormous they can’t motivate themselves to tackle it, and let the mess grow even bigger.
Below, I offer a simple suggested routine for a man living in a small house or apartment that will keep your place clean while only requiring a small effort every day. I can’t tell you how to clean a mansion, firstly because i don’t own one and secondly most probably you will need the assistance of 2 – 3 people to keep it clean.
• What to Do Daily •
Instead of letting messes pile-up, making them more of a pain in the arse to clean come Saturday morning, invest 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes at night in a daily cleaning routine. This will guarantee you a clean and tidy house.
Here’s a suggested daily attack plan:
- Make bed
- Spray down shower with a product that keeps it cleaner for a longer period of time. Apply right after you get out
- Wipe down bathroom sink and counter with a disposable wipe after you’re done getting ready
- Empty Dish Wrack or Dish Washer (if you use one)
- Wipe down kitchen counters and stove with a sponge and a 409-type product after you’re done with breakfast
- Wipe down kitchen counters after dinner
- Quick vacuum
- Load dishwasher (or clean dishes by hand if you’re in a dorm)
- Pre-bed clutter pick-up. Go through the house and put away all the clutter you find before you turn in at night.
• What to Do Weekly •
In addition to your morning/evening cleaning routine, do one bigger task each day of the week. Depending on the size of your place, each will take you 10-15 minutes.
Here’s a suggested Weekly schedule:
- Monday: Dust
- Tuesday: Scrub toilets, shower, and bathroom sinks
- Wednesday: Vacuum and mop
- Thursday: Clean mirrors and windows
- Friday: Clean out leftovers and wipe down inside and outside of fridge,
wipe microwave inside and out, clean kitchen sink
- Saturday: Change and wash bed sheets
Adapt this schedule to fit your particular circumstances. For example, if you don’t have time to vacuum and mop one day you can do it the next day, same stands for the rest of the tasks, main thing is to DO IT!!!
That’s it. Together, the above routines only take about 30 minutes a day. Follow these routines, and your place will look great every day. All it takes is a bit of dedication and willpower to make these routines a habit, but the simplicity of this plan helps make it easier to stick with.