How To Have a Home That LOOKS Clean


This New Year cleaning resolution tips post is brought to you by Mr. Clean as part of a Type-A Parent Community Sponsored Post.

How to Have a Clean Home

When I was in my 20s, each January I would routinely set a  long list of resolutions.  Grand resolutions that would  each take time, dedication, and effort – lose 30lbs, read one novel a month, keep the house clean, etc.  Of course, by February, I would be overwhelmed, frustrated and over it.

Having just celebrated my 35th birthday, I like to think I’m a little older, and a little wiser too.  I’ve learned to set realistic expectations, the importance of baby steps, and the beauty in grace.

For example, those grand resolutions?  I still want to lose 30lbs, so I’m concentrating on eating healthy, rather than launching an extreme diet and exercise regimen. And I’m already down 5lbs!

Reading one novel a month?  I’m accepting that it’s simply not my season to read for pleasure.  With 5 kids at home ages 18 months to 18 years, I’m busy.  And that’s okay.  Time with them now, is more important than any literary work.

And keeping the house clean? I’ve realized that in my mind, clean equated to spotless, and I’ve learned I have to set aside that ideal for now.

Don’t get me wrong, I still want a clean house, but I realize it won’t always be spotless. You read the aforementioned part about 5 kids right?  And did I mention we also have a new puppy?  Yeah…

Border Collie Puppy

So, rather than focusing on having a spotless house, I’m focusing on having a home that’s welcoming.  One in which I won’t want to hide behind the sofa and pretend I’m not home when a friend comes over unannounced. I want a NEAT home that LOOKS CLEAN.

It all starts with the right tools – great cleaning products and a little muscle. This week I tried out a new product, Mr. Clean Liquid Muscle. I was excited to try this product because Mr. Clean is a trusted name in our home.  Their Magic Eraser has saved many walls from a colorful death by crayon.

Mr. Clean Liquid Muscle

Mr. Clean Liquid Muscle is a fantastically powerful cleaning product you can use straight from the bottle, or diluted in water for larger messes (like floors).  I love that it is a thicker formula, almost gel-like.  Plus, the cap has a smart auto-stop. These features equal less waste and easier use!

So, in an effort to honor my desire to have a welcoming home, I took my Liquid Muscle and got to work.  I’m pleased to announce it doesn’t take much to make a house look clean (even when it’s not completely!).  Here’s what works for me.

How to Have a Home That Looks Clean

Mop and Bucket


  • Even if you don’t have time to do the dishes right away, put them in the sink! Clutter on the counter or stove makes the kitchen look dirtier than it is.
  • Sweep and spot clean the floor.

Living Room

  • Keep a basket or bin in the room for any stray toys, etc. (Empty it out at least twice week)
  • Have a designated spot for all game controlers and TV remotes.
  • Neatly fold throw blankets, and straighten accent pillows.

Dining Room

  • Keep clutter off the table.
  • Push the chairs in straight and neat. (Takes you back to public school doesn’t it?)


  • Wipe down the sink, paying careful attention to the faucet.
  • Wipe down the toilet lid and rim.
  • Straighten any rugs.


  • Make the bed.
  • If all else fails, close the door. It’s your private room, no one needs to see it!

Did you notice a theme?  I’ve learned a lot of having a home that looks clean and inviting has to do with curbing the clutter.  What are your time saving tips for keeping your home neat and inviting?


MrClean_CMYKThis is a compensated post brought to you by Mr. Clean. Mr. Clean is kicking off the New Year with the launch of a new product called Mr. Clean Liquid Muscle, a new multi-purpose, multi-surface concentrated cleaning gel that delivers superior cleaning performance on and off the floor. Be sure to like Mr. Clean on Facebook and follow @RealMrClean on Twitter.

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