5 Steps to a Neat[er] House

I love a clean and neat house, BUT I do not like to spend all my time cleaning.  There are just too many other things to do in the day!  Here are 5 steps that I do try to do daily to keep a neat[er] house…

5 steps to a neater house

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1. Do one load of laundry every day.

I keep laundry baskets in each bedroom and one in the laundry room for dirty towels.  I do a load of laundry every morning when I wake up before I get breakfast for the kids.  By the time we are ready for school, the laundry is ready for the dryer.  Laundry is one of those never ending tasks!  But this really helps keep it under control and it keeps me from feeling like I should always be doing laundry.

2. Load dirty dishes right away.

The dishes are my least favorite chore.  Ugh! So to keep it as easy as possible, I have my boys do it.  lol  I run the dishwasher at night so after I put in the laundry, it is ready to unload.  That way we can all load our dirty dishes during the day.  We purpose to eat dinner together every evening and the boys take turns on cleaning up.  The dishwasher is usually pretty full at that point and ready to run.

3. Wipe down daily [toilet, sinks, countertops]

I keep cleaning supplies in each bathroom and in the kitchen so it is easily available to use.  The kitchen gets wiped down usually after each meal time.  Just a quick spray from my favorite organic all purpose cleaner and wipe it down.  In the bathrooms I keep a spray bottle of disinfectant.  That way when I am in there, I can spray and wipe the toilet and sink super quick to cut down on heavy cleaning.  I just use toilet paper to wipe and flush away.  I am still training the kids to do this too and that is a big help.

4. Give each family member a basket.

I got baskets for each of the boys that fit on the stairs going up to their bedrooms and throughout the day I put their things in there as I find them around the house.  I love it!  I try to have them empty it each day and it really cuts down on the clutter.  Also, I gave my hubby and me a basket to collect mail, papers, little things and it works great, too.

5. Have a daily 15 minute family pick up.

Before dinner we usually have a quick pick up time that everyone helps with.  With 5 of us, it is amazing what you can get done!  Each person is responsible for their own clutter plus I give the kids a ‘zone’ or room of the house to be in charge of tidying up too.  We all live here and we all take care of it! … at least that’s what I keep repeating to the kids when they grumble.  lol

And then I have more time for this….

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Do you have any tips that work for you? 

claire

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3 thoughts on “5 Steps to a Neat[er] House

  1. Great tips Claire! Now if only I would actually do all of them, my house would be so much cleaner;) But really, it would be nice for the house to always be “guest” ready.

  2. Great tips that I really need with 2 small kids if you’ve seen my house! Wonderful to connect at Blissdom!

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