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We've all been there— we take the time to thoroughly clean our house up and down, only to feel like the next day it looks exactly the way it did before we cleaned it! This can be frustrating, especially if we spend a considerable amount of time cleaning it.

Yet, the reason why your house still looks dirty may come down to a few simple things. If you're ready to make your home feel cleaner, here are some of the reasons that may be holding you back.

Clutter

Regardless of how straightened up your house is, you won't be able to tell if there's clutter covering every single surface! Clear off countertops and tables and put things in drawers whenever possible. Find a designated place for everything in your home and you'll find that it feels and looks much cleaner in between cleans.

Shoes

There's a reason why the Japanese feel so strongly about taking off your shoes before entering the house. You would be shocked at all the things that your shoes track in on a daily basis!  Your floors will get dirtier much faster if you're wearing your shoes in the house. So, despite how much you might love your shoes, it's important to take them off before going home. You'll save yourself a considerable amount of housework, and your floors will remain sparkling for much longer.

Dirty Mirrors

All it takes are a few sessions of brushing your teeth to find your mirrors with splatters and streaks everywhere. The same goes for little children's hands and fingers leaving marks on your mirrors. (Ugh!) It helps to keep some window cleaning product and paper towels next to your mirrors, ready to go at all times. It's as simple as wiping it down every day and it will make your home look significantly cleaner.

Unmade Beds

We get it— you may be busy in the mornings and in a rush, however, neglecting to make your bed in the mornings can completely transform the state of your house. Regardless of how clean your home is, an unmade bed throw everything off. Besides, in reality, making your bed only takes a few minutes. The more often that you do it, the faster you'll get at it, and the more of an instinct it will become.

Pets

As much as we might love our fuzzy creatures, the truth is that they can leave behind a considerable amount of fur and dander. To combat pet fur building up, it helps to brush your animal, and wash their bedding regularly.

If possible, educate your animals not to go on the furniture from a young age to avoid fur in places like your couch or bed. Above all, try to run the vacuum as much as possible, or even consider investing in a robot vacuum!


Anna Johansson

Anna is a freelance writer and researcher from the Olympia, WA area who loves to obsess about weird topics and then write about them. When she isn't writing, she is outside on her bike and comtemplating her eventual trip to graduate school.

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Anna Johansson

Anna is a freelance writer and researcher from the Olympia, WA area who loves to obsess about weird topics and then write about them. When she isn't writing, she is outside on her bike and comtemplating her eventual trip to graduate school.

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