Here are 15 tips for helping to keep your home tidy so you can avoid the need for a big cleaning.
1) REMOVE THE EXCESS
1) REMOVE THE EXCESS
Get rid of anything you don’t use. Many of us save things because we might use them someday.
2) ASSIGN A PLACE FOR EVERYTHING
With the excess things gone, everything else needs a specific place to make them easy to locate.
3) PLAN FOR & WITH CHILDREN
Help them be organized by providing labeled baskets for their things to involve them in staying tidy.
4) WORK AS YOU GO
If you notice something that needs to be done or put away, do it now. Five minutes at a time is more time-effective than waiting until everything is a mess.
5) SHARE THE FAMILY 10-MINUTE PICK UP
If everyone is involved, all family members should be able to take care of clutter in 10 minutes every evening.
6) AVOID PAPER
Bank statements, receipts, magazines, etc. all add to clutter. Go paperless, where possible. Assign a magazine rack or a basket for other paper items.
7) MAKE THE BED
This should take less than five minutes every morning, and all but the very young should be able to do this. Bedrooms look tidy with the beds made. Help children by planning a simple coverlet or quilt that is easy to throw on the bed with a pillow or two.
8) DEVELOP ROUTINES THAT WORK
Create routines based on your priorities. Decide what matters, such as taking out trash or sorting laundry. When and how often do chores need to be done before they are a huge project?
9) PUT AWAY CLOTHES EVERY NIGHT
To keep things neater, hang clean clothes and put dirty ones in the wash basket or hamper each night.
10) WASH DISHES RIGHT AWAY
Before a few plates become a dozen that need soaking, wash them or load the dishwasher. It’s faster to do this after every at-home meal, and a tidy kitchen is much more inviting!
11) TRY THE POMODORO TECHNIQUE
This means that for every 25 minutes you don’t work, you work for five minutes. If you’re reading a book or enjoying some online shopping or Facebook, set a timer and straighten up a room for five minutes every half an hour. It won’t seem as much like work.
12) DO A LOAD OF LAUNDRY EVERY DAY
In the morning or after work, do a load of laundry. This habit will mean that you never have to spend a whole day on this chore.
13) WIPE AS YOU GO
Each time you cook or splash at the sink, wipe the stove and counter, and your kitchen will always be clean.
14) DESIGNATE A SPACE FOR MESS
If you’re not fortunate enough to have a whole room for this, then assign a corner where it’s all right to leave a little mess. Kids might have a corner of their rooms for this. Just be sure to assign a time when the mess must be cleaned up or it will grow!
15) STAY TIDY TOGETHER
Cleaning and tidying up should not be one person’s job unless that person lives alone. Work as a team to keep things neat. This will make all family members accountable for their own messes and motivated to participate in everyday housekeeping.