10 Things I Do Every Day to Keep a Clean & Organized Home


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Some days I am super productive, and then other most days I’m not! As a wife, mom, and home maker I have many tasks and responsibilities that I am accountable for, and it is amazing how easy it is for the house to quickly look like two little (adorable I might add) tornadoes have blown through. You know what I mean… toys everywhere, book baskets spilled, cheerios all over the floor, sippy cups leaking water, random articles of clothing laying around (Moms please tell me that your house either currently or has looked like this is the past!)

So to  keep the house clean looking and to help me keep a little bit of my sanity, there are a few things that I try and do everyday to really help keep the house in order.

1. Make the bed

I don’t know about you, but I feel that when my bed is made I can at least make it through the day. I try to make my bed as soon as I get up. Even if I get nothing else done during the day, making the bed is a simple way to help keep the room tidy. Plus a made bed is much more inviting to get into at the end of the day, at least I think so anyway!

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2. Wipe down the bathroom

As soon as I have taken my shower and got dressed, I do a very quick bathroom wipe down. I clean off the counter top by putting away all of my personal products. I wipe around the sink to remove any water rings, makeup, or loose hair. I quickly spray the shower down with a daily shower cleaner and use a squeegee to remove excess water. I also do a quick wipe of the floor too. This takes me no more than a few minutes to do this, but it really helps keep the bathroom clean until I get around to doing my weekly cleaning of the bathrooms.

3. One load of laundry washed, folded, and put away

Laundry seems to multiply around here and if I let a day go by without doing at least one load of laundry, the clothing piles can quickly add up and seem unmanageable. Most days I do two loads, but my main rule is that I always do at least one load. I also take the time to fold and put away the laundry too, because I hate having piles of clean clothes lying around the house.

4. Load, run and empty the dishwasher

As soon as breakfast, lunch, and dinner are over, I immediately clean the dishes and load the dishwasher. Most days I run the dishwasher after dinner, but there are some days when the dishwasher needs to be run and unloaded before dinner. I don’t like to let the dishes sit in the sink for very long. I also try to unload the dishwasher before bed because I hate to have to wake up and unload the dishwasher during the breakfast rush.

5. Keep the kitchen counters clean

As I mentioned above, dishes either get washed or placed in the dishwasher as soon as possible. I also try to keep the counters clear of unneccesary clutter throughout the day. I clean as I go while cooking so I don’t have a huge mess waiting after meal time. Plus who wants to clean the counters just to make dinner.

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6. Tidy up bedrooms in the morning and in the evening

In the morning after I make the bed, I also put away my PJs, and take the dirty clothes to the hamper. I clean off the night stand of water glasses or books. I’m also teaching my son to pick up his room too. He loves to “throw” his clothers in the hamper and shake the empty trash sack for the diaper pail.

7. Arrange the couch pillows

Our living room is the main play zone in our house and it quickly can get cluttered. We also have a few throw pillows on the couch that can really look messy if left strewn about. While I usually tend to wait towards the end of the day to pick up toys and books, I try to keep the couch pillows organized and neat so that way it at least gives the illusion of a neat living room.

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8. House clutter sweep through

Once the kids are in bed, before I relax for the evening, I do a quick house sweep through. Any remaining toys that need to be picked up, I put away. Any clothing that needs to be folded or put away, I quickly do that. I wash bottles and clean the kitchen counter of anything left out. This takes about 15 minutes, but it is so worth it. It is so nice to be able to relax at the end of the day knowing that everything is picked up and put away.

9. Plan for tomorrow

I take a few minutes and look at my calendar and fill out my daily docket for tomorrow. I make any notes of things I need to do, or remember. I make my lists and write out a basic plan for the day. I also do a brain dump, where I write down anything else that I want to do or need to remember not necessarily for the next day, but for the future. This way I can relax knowing that I have thought through my day and my to-do list.

10. Lay out breakfast dishes

I like to lay out the breakfast dishes on the kitchen counter the night before because I have some early risers! It just helps me prepare for the early morning if I have the main dishes out and ready to go. I don’t lay out any food, just the dishes, toaster, blender, or whatever appliance I need to prepare breakfast.

OK I had to add one more task in, and while it’s not necessary to keep a clean and orderly home, it’s definitely necessary to keep me sane!

11. Read

I am very intentional in spending the last 30 minutes to an hour of my day by reading. Reading is one of my favorite things to do  and it’s just nice to spend some time at the end of the day to do something for myself. Reading helps relax me too, and unless I’m reading a page turner, it helps to to fall asleep.

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My current reads and my Kindle

I may not get around to doing any real deep cleaning, but I find that if I do these things it helps keep my home organized, tidy, and clutter free. Plus if I get nothing else done through the day, if I accomplish all 11 of these basic house keeping tasks, I feel like I did accomplish something.

How about you, what do you try to accomplish everyday to keep your home clean and organized?

 

 

Comments

  1. says

    Great post. When you spell it out like this it doesn’t seem overwhelming. Like you most days I’m pretty productive, but if my morning gets away from me the house can quickly go down the tubes!
    Thanks for sharing
    Sarah
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  2. says

    I love your list! I try to do a lot of the things on this list too, like wipe down the bathrooms and kitchen counters, and I feel so much more organized and clean because of it. One thing that you mention that I don’t do but want to start is reading at the end of the day. I love to read too, but never prioritize it. It only makes sense to sit down with a book and enjoy your clean home at the end of the day. :)
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  3. says

    I’m like you and like to keep up all the time. If I let it go, then it can be just too much and I don’t have little ones in my home anymore. Well, unless you can call hubby and the dog little ones. hehehe

    I guess the thing I hate the most and put off is vacuuming. ugh I have one of those rainbows and they are heavy to pull behind you!

    • says

      I can’t believe that I forgot to add exercise! If I don’t get around to my full exercise routine, then I will at least take the kids for a walk around the block. It definitely helps me feel so much more productive! Thanks for the reminder :)

  4. says

    I just wonder how. How do you manage to shower daily? I struggle with this so much, and I only have one child. I know our situation is different — my husband works nights, so I am up at 5:15 with our 15mo son solo until about 8. By then most days I have struggled to get breakfast made, let alone anything clean. LO goes to bed around 7, and after that I work on blog stuff. I crash around 10:30.

    Do you get up before your kids or have a special place for them to be while you shower? Thanks!
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    • says

      Some days I am able to get a shower in before they wake up. On days where I am not able to shower before they wake up I either wait until their afternoon nap time (which I hate doing, and try to avoid), or what I do most often is I shut my bedroom door and bring in several toys for them to play with and keep the bathroom door open so I can see and hear them. I have learned to take quick showers this way so that way they don’t have time to really get into anything they are not supposed to. I personally am a “take a shower everyday girl” becuase I feel like it helps me to wake up and refreshen so I make it a priority to take a shower, which isn’t always easy with little ones!

      Blessings to you as it sounds like you are busy with your son all day! :)

  5. says

    Such a great list! I’m horrible at following through and doing these all these things – my hubby on the other hand is great at it! I never really understood why he insisted on straightening the pillows and blankets out – I’ll have to keep an eye out for that more. The Before and After pictures where very helpful too!
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  6. Becca says

    #11 is my favorite of your 10 things list! I completely agree actually, when I am nourished and filled up with the things that I enjoy – reading, writing, devotions – my house and family fair much better :) Other than that, clean kitchen counters and an empty sink are my top priority because it the hub and makes everything feel less stressful.

  7. says

    These are some great tips! And yes, my house gets like that too. When you were describing all the chaos and cheerios on the floor, I was like “Yes! Yes!”

    I don’t have any tips to share. My 2nd child is 6 months old and I have yet to find a real cleaning/cooking pattern that I can manage without one of my LO’s crying for me. This was really helpful!

    Found you thru the #LOBS blog hop :)
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  8. says

    I need to be more intentional, I feel like if I do it everyday I don’t get the before and after feeling. We don’t spend much time home during the day, but by Thursday, little things do add up. And by Friday, it’s so monumental, besides I never know how bad my house looks any given day, so it’s hard to simply invite someone last minute.
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  9. says

    I like to clean as I go during during dinner preparation too. We also load our dishes directly into the dishwasher throughout the day, although occasionally I will find dishes in the sink because no one bothered to check to see if the dishwasher was clean or dirty, lol!

    I like to pick up the house throughout the day and do a final “clean up” at night. When the kids were little we had a 7 pm cleanup. We’d all run around the put things away for 15 minutes.

    I had three toy pick-ups scheduled throughout the day: before lunch, before dinner, and before bed. So they picked up the toys and put them away during the 7 pm pick-up time. It was always so nice waking up to a clean house!

  10. Tiffany says

    This is a great plan of attack especially when you have different things that may get in the way throughout any give day. I try to have basic things I do every day without fail as well.. making all beds is one of them. I always tell my Kiddies that we never ever leave a bed unmade. To me it just seems as if you never planned to do anything that day…plus who doesn’t love pulling back the covers at night to go to sleep? I know I do :D
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  11. says

    I really appreciate this post. I find myself overwhelmed with everything going on in my life, and I feel like I just needed someone to tell me “here is a quick checklist of things you can do each day to make your life easier!” I pinned it! And congratulations on being featured on Pin It! Tuesday! Hope you’ll be back this week!
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  12. says

    Your list is very different than mine will be, but I have been thinking I need a short list of things like that gets me going in a positive way every morning. I already have a couple of things that I do for the office every morning while having my coffee, but I am thinking how much better it would be if I had a few things on a list that were specifically for me, to get a good start on things I want done or make my day at least start moving in a positive direction.
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  13. says

    Hi,

    This is so true. I try to do these kind of tasks at least a couple of times a week.
    But I can’t manage to do it every day. For now I only have a husband and two cats but they can make
    a messy house with the three of them.
    I don’t mind when the house isn’t crispy clean but I do mind the clutter!

    x Mandy

  14. DesignedByBH says

    I’m really not an underachiever…but my goal everyday is just to get out of bed and get to work without being more than half an hour late! Second on the list would be taking a shower…and third would be eating. Oh, and I make sure the cats are fed and there are cold cans of coke in the fridge. Other than that… :)
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  15. says

    Oh I so needed to read this.
    I am going crazy! :)
    My house looks like your before pictures and I can’t seem to get a break!!
    I think naturally I’m a cluttered person so therefore my house is always cluttered. Any tips for a “cluttered” person? :)

  16. says

    Every home owner should follow these excellent tips to keep their home clean and well organized. A good home cleaning can help to keep home clean and cut down on the potential health problems caused by the presence of dust mites.
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  17. says

    I like this post a lot, because there are some things I actually could implement without having the feeling I’m constantly doing housework. Thanks for sharing!
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