9 Signs Your Home is Cleaner than You Think it Is

published Oct 16, 2016
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Keeping your home clean and put-together is hard work. Throw a full-time job, kids, and/or pets into the mix and it’s dang near impossible. Yet somehow you manage to pull it off. Whether it’s because of daily wipe downs, weekly chores, or even monthly cleanouts, you’re making it happen—even if it doesn’t always feel that way. Chances are your place is a lot less cluttered than your headspace, and most importantly, it works for you. So read on for some reminders that prove the home that might feel pretty imperfect to you is actually pretty prosperous.

1. Friends remove their shoes when they come over.

Willingly and of their own volition; no doormat necessary.

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2. You prefer to clean as you go, especially when cooking.

Okay we don’t literally mean simultaneously, but you do like to wipe down your countertops and rinse off your dishes as soon as you’re done with them—sparing you from a seemingly messy kitchen and dishues.

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3. You make your bed.

Nothing feels better after a long day than coming home to a perfectly prim bed—and you know it.

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4. You put things away when you’re done with them.

Whether it’s laundry or clean dishes, everything in your house has a home—and that’s exactly where you’ll find them when they’re not in use.

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5. You own a proper duster—and you aren’t afraid to use it.

Sure maybe your ceiling fans aren’t always dust-free, but if you’re known to pull out your Swiffer on occasion, we’re positive that your place is good.

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6. You have a schedule.

You follow some sort of weekly schedule of cleaning responsibilities that apply to everyone in the house—even if that’s just you.

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7. You own at least one anti-bacterial cleaning spray.

Ridding all your shared spaces of germs, one spritz at a time.

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8. You own a paper shredder.

You’ve got no time—or room—for any obsolete snail mail or paperwork—and your neat and tidy place is proof.

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9. When something new comes in the door, you know exactly where to put it.

Let’s be honest, you knew where it was going before you even bought it, and it looks and feels great—the best sign of an organized and put-together home.