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Guest Blogger Suzie Wilson: Four Easy Habits to Keep Your Home Tidy

Cleanliness, Maid, Maintains, Cleaning, Household

 

It is not an overstatement to say that a clean home is a happy one. Unfortunately, life can get in the way of having a tidy house. Keeping your residence free of clutter and mess doesn’t have to be time-consuming, however. Maintaining a routine of easy tidiness habits can really add up to create a relaxing home environment.

 

Simplify Cleaning

Cleaning your home can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Try to make cleaning your home a regular habit, such as daily quick sweeping and taking out the trash. Make vacuuming and mopping a weekly task. Choose specific rooms to focus on each day. This process of elimination can make cleaning your home more manageable. It will be important to give particular attention to areas that are easily overlooked. Get in those hard-to-reach nooks and crannies, including behind appliances, and clean baseboards and the inside of cabinets. If you have a large family, do laundry daily, or a couple of days a week if you live alone. This might sound intensive, but it can keep your dirty clothes pile from accumulating and give you a healthy supply of clean clothes. Not seeing clothing piles or dust and debris everywhere can go a long way to helping you relax.

 

Tidy As You Go

Little things accumulate: dishes to be washed, garments piled high, toys to be put away. It adds up and can make cleaning feel onerous. One way to reduce the list of stuff to do is by addressing issues in the moment. Tidy your bed after you get up, load the dishwasher after you have eaten, and put clothes in a basket when you get home. If you are wearing a coat, put it in the closet. Ensure that spills are immediately dealt with, and wipe down surfaces with an antibacterial wipe after using sinks or counters. Even filing important documents once they have been read can go a long way to keeping a house tidy. It’s a simple approach that can quickly become instinctual. The less you have to deal with, the more you will be able to relax and not have to worry about growing cleaning duties.

 

Utilize Specific Storage

If tidying as you go is to be fully effective, you will need ample storage. Fortunately, anything can act as storage, be it cupboards, hangers, baskets, and even mason jars. Storage is the perfect way to declutter and keep your home organized and less oppressive. Designate areas for specific groups, such as mason jars for pens and pencils, baskets for laundry, and a drawer for miscellaneous items or things that are candidates to be discarded or given away. Make it a habit to use specified storage daily by taking ten minutes or so to look for out-of-place items. This approach will ensure items do not accumulate, leaving your home feeling more spacious and clean, as well as making the process of decluttering smoother and less stressful.

 

Organize Chores

One of the best ways to keep on top of chores is a schedule. Fill it in with tasks you would like to see done, perhaps in specific areas. This easy habit can help cleaning appear less daunting and give incentive to get things done. You could use a schedule to aid in the delegation of chores to family members. Convincing children to get involved might sound like a thankless task, but it can have rewards. Start off small, such as reminding your kids to put their toys and plates away after they are finished with them. A schedule can really help your little habits add up, minimize the stress of cleaning, and keep your home ticking smoothly.

 

A clean home is a great place to be after a long day. Use storage effectively, tidy as you go, and organize the process of cleaning so that it doesn’t become overwhelming or stressful. With these simple tidiness habits, you can ensure your home is a place where you can relax without chores hanging over your head.

 

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Super Tip Friday- Breaking Up Chores Into Pieces!

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I got this idea while recovering from Bells Palsy and some days I would have energy and other days I wouldn’t. AND I still wanted to get things done around the house.

Here is a tip:

On a normal day you might be able to do 4 or 5 things you do. If you don’t have the energy, break it down to 1 or 2 things on a day. Make one day for dusting and wiping counters. Make another day a vacuum day. And so on. Make Mondays the bill paying day. 

Your health comes first and I also know that many of us don’t want our homes to get out of control. AND you want to feel useful. Sometimes doing chores can lift your spirits too.

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2018 in Health, Organizing

 

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Quick Tip Tuesday- Teaching School Age and Teenage Kids An Organizing Trick

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Here is one way to get your kids to “help” in the laundry department (and it helps with their “messy” rooms):
Get a two-compartment laundry hamper OR get two cardboard boxes. Mark one Light (or WHITE) and the other DARK (or COLORS). Or mark one SHIRTS and one PANTS. Or mark one SCHOOL CLOTHES and the other PLAY CLOTHES or PAJAMAS. You get the idea!

It teaches them responsibility and an organizing skill! If you want to have them DO their own laundry, that’s another story…

 
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Posted by on July 7, 2015 in Organizing

 

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Chores For Kids

I believe that my upbringing of having to do chores around the house and in the yard helped shape my perspective of hard work and contribution. I learned responsibility and consequences. I ran across a kids chores list that I wanted to share with all the parents out there.

 

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Posted by on July 26, 2014 in Organizing

 

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