Post # 1
I’m looking for some tips/advice on keeping a tidy/organized house! I definitely want my house to be clean & tidy, but I don’t know where to start! I keep a list of things that need to be done & cross them off as I go, but it seems like we have lots of clutter no matter what we do. There’s a lot of stuff we have to keep, but don’t really *need*, so finding a way to keep it all organized is tough!!
How do you do it bees?
Post # 3
@roweboat: I have a bit of OCD. I tend to clean up every room every day. When we use something it gets put away right when we are done. Dishes are done right after dinner, laundry is washed, dried and put away right away, etc.
Post # 4
@RoyalLime: That’s not a bad way to be! I’m pretty good with the laundry thing, sometimes dishes pile up a little bit but not too much.
Post # 5
I’m pretty obsessive about keeping our home neat and clean all the time. And I utterly despise clutter. But I love to shop, so I have a rule for myself that for every item of clothing, pair of shoes, new handbag, etc., that I buy, something has to go out, either given to a friend who wants it or donated to Goodwill, etc.
Another thing I do is tidy up/pick up on a daily basis. It’s easy to make the bed quickly in the morning (my husband does ours), fluff up the sofa pillows, fold a throw, put things back where they belong. I have a lot of storage items such as baskets, organizers, shelves, etc., and everything in my house has it’s own “place.” I make sure to put things back right after I use them. My husband is pretty good about it, too, he’s equally in favor of a nice environment as I am.
I keep my countertops clean and mostly empty, I never leave dishes in the sink (hate that), they go straight into the dishwasher after meals. Try to do little chores that only take a few minutes and it doesn’t seem like work, it just gets to be a habit. I save the heavier cleaning and laundry for weekends but it takes much less time because the house never really gets too dirty in between cleanings. I’d rather take a few minutes a day to clean rather than have to spend several hours because I let it go too long.
I’ve been like this all my life, though. I was the neat one and my sister is a complete slob, lol, so maybe it’s partly something you’re born with.
Post # 6
I am replying to this thread so I can follow it, lol. I am so messy and it drives my FI crazy. Obviously I need some tips so he doesn’t have to do all the cleaning 😛
Post # 7
@roweboat: My DH cooks and I clean up every single day. I also wipe down the counters and stove every night too. We have a dishwasher so even a glass or whatever is used daily goes in it as soon as we are done with it. I don’t put any pans and stuff in there though, I hand wash all of that.
Post # 8
I tidy up every day. By that I mean put dirty dishes away or wash them (don’t leave them in the sink!!), clean up any clutter/put things away, and wipe down the counters after making food.
After that I just pick a day (usually Saturday or Sunday AM) and start cleaning. I will always sweep, mop, vacuum, wipe down counters, clean all of the bathroom. Usually I have the laundry going while I do this.
Every other week I’ll do some extras like dust or clean anything else that takes awhile to get dirty (microwave). Anything else that I see on that day that needs to be done I’ll do it.
I don’t have a checklist or set schedule though.
If you have a lot of clutter I think you need to get organized first (have a place for everything) and then just tidy up every day. Might have to buy baskets or other storage items. It shouldn’t take more than 5-20 min to put things back where they belong depending on your family.
Post # 9
I am not OCD, and neither DH or I like to clean. For us, the solution has been a combination of purging and donating items we don’t need, and making sure the items we do keep have a place to live.
Apartment therapy has some good advice and I really like their “home cure” process (which is available online, or in a great book they had at my local library).
Now that we have found a place for everything in the living room, it is easy to keep it clean (er). Now we just have to get a handle on the bedroom closets, the kitchen and the office.
Post # 10
@BoxerLady: +1 I need tips too!!
Post # 11
I’ve got the day to day part down. I mean, as down as I am going to get it. It’s things like cleaning baseboards and window sills that evade me until some unfortunate and embarassing moment like when a friend is over to do some handy work. Do you organized and clean bees keep a list and do them every so often??
Post # 12
@roweboat: If it takes you less than 5 minutes, just do it instead of putting it off. I also try and do a 10-15 minutes straighten-up before bed each night. Just run through the house and do that last dish, fold that blanket, and find a place for everything that’s just laying on the counter or kitchen table.
I also never do the marathon cleaning sessions. I do one little chore each day of the week so that I never have to spend 3 hours cleaning my whole house. I also put a load of laundry in the washer before work, then flip it into the dryer when I get home. That way you do one load each day (not time consuming) and it never piles up!
Post # 13
@mamadingdong: Oh gawd, baseboards and window sills. This just makes me cringe. Oh, cleaning, how I loathe thee!
How about this? Can we hire maids so that we can spend our free time having fun with our families? 😀 That’s my vote!
Post # 14
@MrsCarnival: That’s a good idea to break it down. The thought of spending an entire weekend afternoon cleaning makes me say, forget it, better things to do! Small, manageable tasks sound (slightly/barely) better 🙂
Post # 15
I tidy every single day. I come home from work and the first thing I do is change out of my work clothes so while I’m upstairs I make the bed and clean up the bathroom. Then I go downstairs and clean/tidy the kitchen and living room and downstairs bathroom if it needs it. Then I do a quick dust where it’s needed. Usually this doesn’t take me more than half an hour and I don’t let myself relax until it’s done. I put away anything that shouldn’t be out so when I do my “big clean” (twice a week or so), it’s less work because I don’t have to waste time tidying up.
Post # 16
Constantly be on the lookout for things to declutter (throw out or donate) and just get into the habit of cleaning a little at a time, all the time (well, not really “all” the time, but I mean don’t save up all the cleaning for one big monumental cleaning run, just do a little at a time when you have the time for it, and don’t worry that there’s still more to do… you’ll get to it next time, or the time after that.)
Sometimes chores pile up anyway and we have to do a “half-marathon” 🙂 but mostly, by doing a bunch of little “sprints” like this, things stay ok.