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31 Days to Make Cleaning a Habit

I’ve told you many times that I don’t like to clean. Unfortunately, it has to be done.

All. the. time.

At least it seems.

My personality lends itself towards the creative side so I am perfectly OK with messy. However, I’ve noticed that my creativity actually stalls when things around me are in disarray but it flourishes when my surroundings are clean, organized, and put together.

It’s quite an anomaly!

Since I’d prefer to do just about anything other than clean (and I’m assuming you share the same sentiment), I’ve really paid attention to how naturally clean and organized people function.

To them it seems so simple…it’s just their way of life.

But for someone who doesn’t have it all together, becoming clean and organized has to become a HABIT.

In honor of the Nester’s 31 Days of Change, I’ve put together a series called 31 Days to Make Cleaning a Habit. Each day I’ll share a very simple change you can incorporate into your routine to make your home a cleaner place to live.

Each tip will be fairly easy. Most will be extremely simple. But when you incorporate all 31 together, it will make a huge impact in your life and home!

Just implement each change for the following 31 days and then slowly add the next habit. By the end of the series, you’ll be filled with awe when looking at your sparkling clean home!

Check back daily or follow along by getting free updates sent straight to your inbox.

I’ll be working to develop these habits right along with you. I’m excited to join you on this journey!


  • Shonda September 30, 2011, 4:39 pm

    So cool! I’m looking forward to your series!

  • Cassie September 30, 2011, 9:32 pm

    Me Too! I so need help. I have 3 girls – 8, 5, and 18 months and my house is in constant chaos!

    • iDreamOfClean October 2, 2011, 1:50 pm

      Oh wow! I’m sure your house is wild! Maybe get the girls to get in the cleaning habit :-) lol!

  • Fiona October 1, 2011, 2:54 am

    You can count me in Christine!
    I will be trying to get my home in order for Autumn (Fall). Your “Create your Perfect Cleaning Schedule will soon have me well on the way to a cleaner house!

    • iDreamOfClean October 2, 2011, 1:52 pm

      Great, Fiona!! Can’t wait to hear how it goes!

  • Rene' @ BargainHoot October 1, 2011, 5:28 am

    I’m excited to join in!!
    I’d love to make clean a habit!

    PS I’m in the 31 group too :)

    • iDreamOfClean October 2, 2011, 1:53 pm

      Oh good! I’ll hop on over to visit your series!

  • Alana in Canada October 1, 2011, 12:39 pm

    Excellent topic! I’m doing the same thing only with more of an inward focus.

    • iDreamOfClean October 2, 2011, 1:57 pm

      Sounds interesting! Coming over to take a look…

  • Jessica @ This Blessed Life October 1, 2011, 1:39 pm

    Hi! I found you via The Nester’s blog (I’m participating, too.) I am really looking forward to your easy tips – I tend to get super overwhelmed with housework…..hoping I learn a lot this month! :)

    • iDreamOfClean October 2, 2011, 2:03 pm

      Clean eating! LOVE that topic. Just subscribed :-)

  • rebecca @ olderandwisor October 1, 2011, 1:49 pm

    I’m in – maybe reading about it will inspire me?? ;)

    • iDreamOfClean October 2, 2011, 2:01 pm

      …and maybe writing about it will inspire me?? :-)

  • Patty October 12, 2011, 9:56 am

    I am going to pray on this one and hope I am moved to join in. I believe this could be an opportunity to re-ignite a new energy in my family. Thank you for sharing!

    (visiting from Raising Homemakers’ Homemaking Link-Up)

  • Alana of Bella Organized Interiors October 12, 2011, 11:06 am

    Love this series you are doing! I need all the help I can get when it comes to cleaning… Just wanted you to know that I have mentioned this series in today’s post and thought you might like to read it:


    Hope you like it!

  • Dawn December 4, 2011, 12:01 pm

    im not a mother but i ran across your blog on pintrest.com i couldnt stop reading it i got me thinking of how unclean i am and how i want to be cleaner. Im going to brow some of your ideas i and i really like the one make your bed every morning. a habit im going to start it does make me what to keep every thing else clean. I know im young 26 years of age hey if i start now like im telling myself it well make things easier and cleaner for the rest of my life thanks for all the wonderful info :)

  • Izzy May 30, 2012, 12:43 am

    I really love this you sound like me I hate hate hate to clean. This is one of mine and my husbands favorite subject to fight about, I always tell him I’m sorry but you didn’t marry Suzie home maker. I’m going to try these 31 days to see if I can make them a habit

  • Teresa August 11, 2012, 11:45 am

    That’s it! I’ve had it! I cannot live this way any longer! I’m starting the cleaning challenge today. I wrote all the challenges in my day planner. I can’t wait to have a cleaner more organized home. Thank you so much for getting me started!

    • iDreamOfClean August 11, 2012, 12:20 pm

      Nice! I’d love to hear how it goes. Let me know at the end of the month :)

  • Teresa August 19, 2012, 9:15 am

    I’m just a week in and my house is starting to look and more importantly feel amazing. Thank you! Thank you!! Thank you!!!

  • Jennifer August 20, 2012, 12:27 pm

    Is there a list that has all the items that need to be done to be done daily? I could use a list to post as a reminder.

  • Peggy October 16, 2012, 9:01 pm

    tried to sign on to get the 31 days of cleaning, but it says that the publisher discontinued. How do I get this?

  • Kathleen March 22, 2013, 7:50 am

    I just found you on facebook. I would love to get a print out of this 31 days of cleaning. Is there anyway you can send it to me. With work and 3 kids 10, 8, 5 with all their activities it’s getting harder and harder to stay motivated. I would love to read this series. I just printed out your spring cleaning checklist and want to get started with that as well. Thanks for the great tips.

  • kelly May 18, 2013, 8:31 am

    Do you have a list with all the links to your 31 days to make cleaning a habit? I’m on day 20 and I have to click 20 times just to get to the page that i’m on.

  • Marianne Stocks January 22, 2014, 2:59 pm

    My husband said we don’t have an air filter only the furnace; it has 2 filters & cost over $18 each. He said he plans to change them every 2 months. Looking forward to doing this program. I need all the help I can get!!