Do you like to clean? I love a clean 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 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 are easy tasks that help our 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 THE BED
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. CLEAN BATHROOM SURFACES
Our tiered tray keeps items we use daily organized in our bathroom. Putting toiletries away in the vanity drawers & cabinets after using them each day 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
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.
4. USE BINS TO STORE ITEMS USED DAILY
Bins & baskets help us contain like items around our home to keep everything organized. I shared ways we use decorative baskets for organizing in this post. Storing dog treats, training and hidden fence collars in this bin 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
We have two dogs and with them comes 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 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 is not the most eco-friendly option and I’m okay with that. Using a washable dust mop didn’t work well for us with needing to wash it after each use and we’d prefer all that hair not be in our washing machine.
6. SORT INCOMING MAIL & PAPER
Dealing with paper as soon as it comes into the house is something I’ve struggled with. Last week I 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 are either recycling or sorting incoming paper to designated folders or bins in our cabinet right away.
7. CLEAN KITCHEN COUNTERS & TABLE
I wipe down our counters a couple times a day. The dark granite shows everything! Ugh! Reminder…next house…light colored countertops. Anyway…after dinner one of the kids cleans our tabletop. Keeping these kitchen surfaces clean helps our home feel tidy.
8. DON’T LEAVE DIRTY DISHES IN THE SINK
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 counters or in the sink. The dishwasher is loaded throughout the day and we run it after we go to bed. Anything that needs to be hand-washed is done right away. This daily process keeps our kitchen clean.
9. NO SHOES IN THE HOUSE
We never wear our shoes in our home. Although we don’t have a mudroom, we’ve designated a corner in our garage for shoes. An old toy organizer that my kids no longer used became storage for shoes. 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 trying to keep it real! Haha! Either way, the dirt isn’t dragged into the house and that’s the most important thing.
10. STRAIGHTEN FAMILY ROOM
Every night before I go up to bed, I straighten up our family room. I fix the pillows on our couch, put the remote controls away and fold the throw blankets and put them in the big floor basket. Just taking a minute to do this 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 really clean.
Our Other Organizing & Cleaning Ideas:
- Organizing a Family Kitchen Desk
- 15 Ways to Organize with Decorative Baskets
- Kitchen Tips & Tricks: Reducing Dishes
- Removing Hard Water Stains from Granite
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