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10 Simple Ways To Keep Your House Tidy

Easy ways to keep your home clean and organized home. 10 simple steps you can do every day to keep your house tidy.

Do you like to clean? 

I love a tidy house but I don’t really like to clean. 

What about a cleaning schedule…do you follow one? 

Nope, not me…I just look around and when I can’t stand it any longer and then I go on a major cleaning spree. 

Or I host a party…that definitely gets the house in tip-top shape.  Haha!

Even though I don’t follow a cleaning schedule there are things I do every day to keep my house tidy. 

They’re easy tasks that help my family stay organized and keep our home from getting too messy.

Let’s take a look at the 10 simple things I do every day to keep our house tidy…

1. Make Your Bed Everyday

Queen size bed in a room with board and batten trim made with buffalo check throw pillows and a velvet lumbar pillow

I got in the habit years ago of making my bed every day.

It really only takes 2 minutes and instantly makes our bedroom look tidy. 

I love walking into our room at any time of the day and it looks pulled together with the bed made.

Now getting my teens on board with this task is a completely different thing…they want no part of this one!

2. Keep Bathroom Surfaces Clean

blue painted bathroom vanity with wood mirrors above double sinks

If you have your toiletries organized to start with keeping your bathroom tidy should be easy.

Even though my husband and I have a large vanity, I found I would often leave items on the counter rather than putting them away.

I bought a large three-tiered tray that’s not only functional but looks pretty.

Remembering to put the other toiletries away in the vanity drawers & cabinets after using them helps us maintain a neat space. 

A quick wipe down of the sink area every morning after getting ready keeps everything clean.

3.  Put Dirty Clothes in Hamper

teen girl putting dirty clothes in hamper in bedroom

My husband and I have three pop-up hampers in our bedroom closet.

Sorting our clothes in each hamper as we undress saves me time when I do laundry. 

This is something I enforce with the kids too…no reason for dirty socks to be all over the floor…they each have a hamper in their room. 

Using a decorative hamper in a bedroom keeps dirty clothes off the floor.

4. Use Bins to Store Household Items

dog treats and collar in wood box

Bins & baskets help contain like items around my home to keep everything organized. 

I shared lots of different ways I use decorative baskets for organizing in this post

Storing dog treats and collars in this small wooden box right by the door helps everyone in the family know exactly where to find them.

No one has to go searching for a collar before letting the dog outside. 

5. Sweep Kitchen Floors Daily

dry mop leaning against stools on wood floor

We have two dogs and with our lovable fur babies comes lots and lots of dog hair.

Well, to be fair our 12-year-old dog doesn’t shed…at all

But our 1 ½-year-old dog sheds like a beast! 

Omg, it’s unbelievable the amount of fur one dog can shed in a day. 

We need to sweep our hardwood floors daily (and sometimes two and three times per day!) now. 

We use disposable swifter’s to sweep…it’s the easiest method we found to take care of this daily task. 

I know this isn’t the most eco-friendly option but I’m okay with that. 

Using a washable dust mop didn’t work well for me with needing to wash it after each use.

And honestly, I’d prefer all that hair not go in our washing machine.

6. Sort Incoming Mail and Papers

inside of cabinet with papers sorted in file folders

Dealing with paper as soon as it comes into the house is something I’ve struggled with.

I recently reorganized our family desk area in the kitchen so I’m hoping now that I have a place for everything it will be easier to minimize any paper clutter. 

So far so good…we’re either recycling or sorting incoming paper to designated folders or bins in our cabinet right away. 

Do you have a method to deal with incoming mail and paper in your house?

7. Clean Kitchen Counters and Table

woman cleaning island counter

I wipe down our counters a couple of times a day.

The dark granite shows everything…every crumb…every piece of dust…every dog hair! 

Ugh! 

Note to self…next house… light-colored countertops only.

Since I often clean my counters after dinner one of my kids is assigned the task of wiping down the table.

Keeping these kitchen surfaces clean help make our home feel tidy.

8.  Don’t Leave Dirty Dishes in the Sink

kitchen sink with pedestal next to it holding soaps

Our family rule is if you use a glass or plate it’s your job to put it in the dishwasher. 

I never go to bed with dishes on the counter or in the sink. 

The dishwasher is loaded throughout the day and then I set it to run after during the night while we sleep.  

Anything that needs to be hand-washed is done right away rather than leaving it in the sink. 

This daily process keeps the kitchen clean.  

9. No Shoes in the House

garage organization bins for shoes next to garage stairs

We don’t wear shoes inside our house.

Do you have this rule in your home too?

Although I don’t have a mudroom, I’ve designated a corner in my garage for shoes. 

An old toy organizer that my kids no longer used became storage for everyone’s shoes. 

Check out how Anne created a drop zone in her garage too!

We always take our shoes off in the garage before coming inside. 

This area may look neat now in this picture…but we usually have a big pile of shoes laying there because we all kick them off but we don’t always put them away in our shoe bins. 

Just keeping it real!

I’ll have to work on my peeps to actually use the bins and shelves rather than leaving their shoes in a pile.

Either way, the dirt from our shoes doesn’t get dragged into the house and that’s the most important thing.  

10. Straighten the Family Room Nightly

large media until with shelves surrounding tv

Every night before I go to bed, I take 3 minutes and straighten up the family room.

I straighten the pillows on our couch, put the remote controls away, and store the throw blankets in my big floor basket.

Just taking the time to do this each night creates a sense of order in our family room for the next day. 

Do you have daily tasks you do to keep your house organized and clean? 

Now if I could just get on a cleaning schedule for the bigger jobs around here, I’d be supermom! 

Nah…maybe you should just come over next week…that will motivate me to deep clean the house. 

Be sure to leave a comment below with your favorite tips to keep your home tidy!

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Rachel Harper

Wednesday 18th of January 2023

AnnMarie These are all great tips. Now if I’ll just do it. Lol

AnnMarie

Wednesday 18th of January 2023

Thanks Rachel! You can do it!:)

Evelyn Griffith

Wednesday 29th of September 2021

I do many of the same things. I like to keep spaces tidy, clean up the kitchen before I go to bed--so much easier to start the next day. Wish I had a garage!

Teach the kids to pull up the covers and get rid of the wrinkles. Then carefully get out of bed and touch up the remaining wrinkles and fix the pillows. It is a game called MY BED IS AUTOMATICALLY MADE!

Evelyn

Anne

Thursday 30th of September 2021

Hi Evelyn! Thank you so much for being part of the Simply2Moms community! You're so right about teaching the kids how to make the bed easily. Your tip is awesome!

Karen Velinsky

Tuesday 17th of August 2021

These are great tips, and I agree if the bed is made, it sets the tone for the day.

AnnMarie

Wednesday 18th of August 2021

Right?! Just makes everything better throughout the day. We just did a big clean up around here this weekend...too many unused spaces got cluttered with stuff. I'm good at maintaining the spaces we use daily but rooms like the dining room get a bit out of control sometimes. Have a great week! :)

Barkat

Wednesday 14th of April 2021

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AnnMarie

Thursday 15th of April 2021

Thanks so much for reading the blog & taking the time to comment! Easy ideas to keep our house clean are so helpful when we're so busy!

Theresa Adrian

Saturday 23rd of January 2021

One thing I found that helps to stops everyone from leaving piles of junk around that needs to be thrown out (e.g. candy wrappers, empty beverage cans) I have small waste baskets in every room. That means about every 10 ft thru out my house there's a garbage can. And that means I have less to pick up every nite.

AnnMarie

Sunday 24th of January 2021

Oh Theresa that's such a good idea! I need to put one in our bonus room since the kids are always in there snacking and playing xbox or watching movies. Thank you for your idea!