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Being a good homemaker is all about finding small, novel homemaking tips that will help you solve the problems you’re facing in your own home. If you’re dealing with an annoyance, chances are another homemaker has dealt with the same thing and came up with a solution for it.
These 8 tips are small, but they can pack a big punch in making your home more pleasant without adding too much extra work. They’re perfect for the lazy homemaker that doesn’t want to do more around the house, but wants her house to look better anyway.
Put Your Outerwear Away
I have a really bad habit of leaving my coat on the couch and the shoes in front of the front door so people trip over them when they come inside. I hate that I do this, but it’s one of my worst lazy habits!
This is such a simple change that takes very little energy to do. Just hang up your coat and put away your shoes properly every time, and your home will look (and smell) so much better all the time!
It really makes a big difference!
Get Rid Of The Junk
Listen to me. All that stuff laying around isn’t clutter. It’s just junk! It’s useless. Take a picture of it and pitch it. You don’t have to thank it kindly for having been in your life, especially if it’s spent the entire time in your home just making it look like crap.
Throw it away! You don’t even actually want it! Rent a dumpster, do one huge purge, and embrace a more minimalist lifestyle. That way you can be even lazier while having a cleaner house all the freaking time. This is one of those “duh!” homemaking tips that still needs to be said!
Make Your Bed
If you’re having company over, a quick homemaking tip is to make your bed. Your bed takes up so much room and is generally the focal point of the bedroom. When it looks messy, your whole bedroom looks like a disaster.
I do a very simple job when I’m making my bed. As long as the upper covers are smooth and the pillows are laying in an orderly fashion, then nothing more need be done.
My husband and I don’t share a blanket because I always run hot and he always runs cold, so that means I have to make our blankets look nice next to one another.
For my kid’s bed, I also organize his stuffed animals in a nice way and remove any that take up too much of the bed. He’s got so many huuuuge stuffed animals!
Clean As You Go When You Cook
Everyone knows you should clean as you go, but this is especially helpful when you’re cooking. I somehow manage to use half of my utensils almost every night, it seems.
I make a point to use my down time when the water is boiling or the meat is getting browned to clean a few dishes by hand or put them in the dishwasher.
As you use something, simply wash it and put it on a towel or drying rack. By the time dinner is done, it will be dry and ready to put away!
Destroy Soap Scum
The best soap scum destroying solution I have ever used was a mixture of vinegar and Dawn dish soap.
When I moved out of my dad’s house, I went back to visit and saw the state of his shower. It was… not great. There was a lot of hard soap scum.
So I mixed up the Dawn and vinegar into a spray bottle and sprayed it all over the shower. I left it to sit for 10 minutes, then came back with a magic eraser and the stuff practically melted off.
Wipe Your Sinks
Rinsing and wiping the kitchen and bathroom sinks every time allows them to look clean all the time… and is more sanitary, anyway.
In the kitchen, this also encourages you to just do the dishes more often, which is definitely a good thing. Letting dishes pile up makes cleaning them take so much longer.
Destink Dog Odors
This is one of the most important homemaking tips if you have a dog.
If your dog has a spot they love to nap, and it smells like dog all the time, just mix up some baking soda with a drop or two of essential oil. Once mixed and dry, add the mixture to the spot and let it sit for 20 minutes before you vacuum it up.
That dog smell will be gone!
DIY Grocery Bag Holder
I reuse grocery bags as often as I can to lessen the impact of having gotten them (I rarely get them these days), but they can tend to take over a kitchen if you don’t stuff them in something.
Take an old paper towel roll and stuff the grocery bags into it. The bags will take up less room that way!