How to keep a tidy house might feel a full-time job in itself. Especially if you have a big family and/or dogs. I don’t have any of those, and I still feel like I have a messy home most times.
That’s why I’ve developed some habits over time that have helped me keep a tidy house. Most of them are easy to do, but they do require work, especially at the beginning, until the habit is actually formed and it is part of your routine.
For me, it’s really a “tidy home, tidy mind” mindset. Because I know I get frustrated and overwhelmed when the house is too messy, so I need a clean space to feel organized and in control. That’s why I implement the tips below all the time.
Let me help you! Here are 5 easy tips & tricks on how to keep a tidy house:
1. Stick to your cleaning schedule.
You might think this is counterintuitive or that it shouldn’t belong here, but it’s actually the most important thing.
If you create a simple, easy to do cleaning schedule (like mine, check it out), it will be easier to do, faster, and more efficient. Moreover, because the schedule involves a bit of cleaning almost every day, your house will feel clean and tidy all the time.
So if you want to know how to keep a tidy house, start by writing your main cleaning tasks and divide them by days, so that it’s easier. (Here’s an idea to get you started) Then work on forming the habit of cleaning. It will make all the difference, trust me.
2. Never leave clothes or bags on the floor.
This is not an issue I have, because I’ve never ever left my clothes on the floor (of the bedroom, dressing or any other place). I’ve always been a rather tidy and organized person. But I’ve noticed not all are like me. So I feel like I should mention it.
If your clothes are dirty, put them in the dirty clothes bin. If you’ve decided not to wear that skirt today, please don’t leave it on the floor. It will get dirty, you will have to wash it again, and that’s not ok. Just put it back on the hanger. Or at least leave it on your bed. You’ll have to put it back in the closet if you want to sleep on it…..right?!
Similarly, I recommend not leaving shopping bags on the floor for days. Actually, this is something I used to do as a teenager. I was too lazy to get the clothes out and put them on a hanger or to be washed, so I would just leave them there. And then the room would get 5% more messy. Don’t be like teenage Diana.
3. Clean up the counters.
Cleaning up the counters, or tables, for that matter, should not be a weekly thing. It’s actually my most important tip when it comes to how to keep a tidy house.
In order for your home to feel clean, you need to clean up after yourself as often as you can. That means:
- Putting the groceries and the shopping items away when you get home, as soon as you can.
- Tidying up on the spot a place that feels crowded or messy.
- Putting books, pill bottles, cables, etc, back to their original spot (drawers, shelves, and so on)
- Storing away all kitchen utensils and tools after using them (like the crockpot or the washed pots and pans)
If you leave it all for Saturday morning, you will be overwhelmed and will possibly delay it even further. So start doing it bit by bit. Right now, the crockpot. Twenty minutes later, the pan. 1 hour later, put the sweets back in the snack drawer. And so on.
4. Always wash the dishes. (or put them in the dishwasher)
I know most of you will say it’s impossible to do all the time. To form a habit out of it. And I understand. But you have to do it- your morning self will thank you for it.
Personally, I started washing my dishes after every meal because of a cockroach situation. Since they are attracted to food leftovers, I wanted to avoid any scenario in which they would show up, so I started to dutifully wash the dishes. And it worked, partially; I got rid of them by doing this, but also by using a good cockroach spray.
So the tip is easy. Wash your dishes before or after you eat. I like to wash my knives and utensils whilst waiting for the food to cook, and the plates after dinner. This way, I wake up to a clean kitchen.
If you have a dishwasher, then you are in luck. Just stick them in there after dinner, it won’t take long.
5. Get a robot vacuum.
This might not be for everyone because it involves investing some money into it. But let me tell you, my robot saved my life. Well, it made it a whole lot easier, that’s for sure.
You want to know how to keep a tidy house, especially the floors, with little effort? Get a robot vacuum.
Before THE VACUUM, I would clean the floors once a week, and it would be my most dreaded task, mostly because it felt like a workout, and I don’t particularly enjoy workouts.
After THE VACUUM came into our lives, I switched to using the vertical one once a month, for a proper clean. Because the robot vacuum is enough to clean my 2 bedroom apartment.
It’s automatically set to run three times a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday), and the cleaning session lasts for about 45 minutes, mostly because my living room rug is very fluffy, so it takes longer to clean it.
The robot vacuum helps keep the floors clean and the dust off, and I don’t need to do a workout every week. Win-win. Here’s the robot vacuum I use, it’s the Roborock S5 max.
So here we are. 5 tips & tricks on how to keep a tidy house. I hope they helped! What do you do to keep your home clean all the time? Let me know in the comments!
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