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Tips for a Tidy Home



 

Quick and easy tips to conquer chaos, pull it all together and keep a tidy home.  It’s easier than you think!

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It’s no secret……I like a Tidy Home!

Hence the name, TidyMom.

Ever wonder HOW I got that title?

My oldest daughter assigned me that title years ago when we first got online. Does that girl know her mom or what? LOL

I’m not neurotic or one of THOSE moms. I don’t really LIKE to clean, I just LOVE the end result. I like to look around the house and see clean. I don’t like the stress of seeing a mess.

Trust me, I have piles of junk like everyone else, some are just hidden in closest (remember my Monica Closet?).

How do I keep my house looking tidy?

I’m going to share a few of my tips oh how I keep my house tidy

Don’t let it sit for later (Clean ASAP) – a mess is much easier to clean up when it happens. Once food or dirt is allowed to dry or soak in, it’s going to take a lot more time and elbow grease to clean it later.

Don’t Put it off – this is probably my BIGGEST household tip! Clean as you go. You’ll be amazed that many things only take a few minutes to do if you clean as you go, rather than hours of cleaning if you put it all off to do at once. If you stay on top of these things daily your house will look nice and you will be more organized and relaxed. Some of the things I do daily are:

  • make my bed
  • wipe down the bathroom after I have gotten ready – I keep Clorox wipes and a cloth diaper under the bathroom sink – and I give the bathroom a quick wipe down daily.
  • clear the dinner table AND do dishes as soon as we finish eating.
  • load the dishwasher any time there’s a dirty dish – it really only take a few seconds, instead of having a sink or counter piled with dirty dishes.
  • wipe off the counters and table.
  • sort mail, throw out junk.
  • do at least one load of laundry
  • fold and put away laundry as it comes out of the dryer
By doing these things daily you can reduce stress and have a visually cleaner home.


Set a Timer for Quick Clean Ups-
Many days I will give myself 15 minutes and run thru a few rooms and just pick up stray times, fluff and straighten the room. You’ll be surprised how often this will motivate you to keep going. Get the kids to help – make it a game!

Dust While on the Phone – often if I’m on the phone with my mom or daughter, instead of sitting on the couch, I will get up and dust a room while we chat! Multi tasking is my friend

Don’t walk to another room empty handed -
there’s almost ALWAYS something in a room that belongs some where else – don’t pass it up, grab it on your way – even if you just open a door and toss it in!

Clean up as you cook - I have a small kitchen, so I really get stressed if I have no room to cook or bake. Like wise, if you’re waiting on dinner in the oven, clean up the mess while it cooks.

I LOVE to come home to a Clean House- I try and pad my “to go time” by 15-30 minutes and do a quick run thru before I leave, put dirty dishes in the dish washer, wipe off counters, pick up stray items, even vacuum if I have time. I especially did this when I worked, that way I could walk in to a clean house and start dinner with out the stress of a messy house to pick up as well.

These are just some tips that keep me sane, more relaxed and a happy mom.

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Do you have any quick cleaning tips?

 

 

   
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Cheryl Sousan

A self-proclaimed neat freak, Cheryl chronicles her journey through homemaking on her blog, TidyMom.net, where she shares recipes, tutorials, crafting and her ever-growing love for photography. This St. Louis mom juggles her passion for life, her daughters and her tiger-loving husband, all while her obsession with tidiness cleans up the trail blazed behind her. Google+

75 Responses to “Tips for a Tidy Home”

  1. Gina Trexler posted on October 8, 2009 at 5:15 pm (#
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    The 15 minute timer is an excellent idea!! Some days I'll take it in my closet and just spend that much time sorting and going through clothes. It doesn't seem so overwhelming when you know it's only going to be 15 minutes, and amazing what you can get done in very little time. :)

    Great tips, Cheryl.

  2. Gina Trexler posted on October 8, 2009 at 5:15 pm (#
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    The 15 minute timer is an excellent idea!! Some days I'll take it in my closet and just spend that much time sorting and going through clothes. It doesn't seem so overwhelming when you know it's only going to be 15 minutes, and amazing what you can get done in very little time. :)

    Great tips, Cheryl.

  3. candy posted on October 8, 2009 at 5:19 pm (#
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    these are great tips! i know what you mean about walking into another room with stuff to put away. We keep a "stairs basket" that sits on our steps nicely so when we are going up for the night we can take things back to respective rooms – usually clothes or toys that were brought downstairs by the kids! I also make sure to start each day out with a new dishtowel and kitchen towel each day by putting the current day's one in the laundry room at night and the new ones out in the kitchen so they're all ready for me in the morning! :)

    ~Candy @ http://www.mommypalooza.com

  4. candy posted on October 8, 2009 at 5:19 pm (#
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    these are great tips! i know what you mean about walking into another room with stuff to put away. We keep a "stairs basket" that sits on our steps nicely so when we are going up for the night we can take things back to respective rooms – usually clothes or toys that were brought downstairs by the kids! I also make sure to start each day out with a new dishtowel and kitchen towel each day by putting the current day's one in the laundry room at night and the new ones out in the kitchen so they're all ready for me in the morning! :)

    ~Candy @ http://www.mommypalooza.com

  5. Emily@remodeling this life posted on October 8, 2009 at 5:35 pm (#
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    I love these tips! I also swear my my timer. And I try to do things in the little spurts of time I have. While tea water boils? wipe down the sink. Waiting for a kid to potty so I can wipe them? empty the bathroom trash and clean the sink. By taking advantage of the teensy moments, it all gets done. And it's amazing how much you can get done in 10 minutes. I used to be a once a week cleaner but it was anxiety-inducing and stressful. So much easier to do what you say is the clean as you go method. It really does work. So much more time to do the things that matter. Like comment on blogs.

  6. Emily@remodeling this life posted on October 8, 2009 at 5:35 pm (#
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    I love these tips! I also swear my my timer. And I try to do things in the little spurts of time I have. While tea water boils? wipe down the sink. Waiting for a kid to potty so I can wipe them? empty the bathroom trash and clean the sink. By taking advantage of the teensy moments, it all gets done. And it's amazing how much you can get done in 10 minutes. I used to be a once a week cleaner but it was anxiety-inducing and stressful. So much easier to do what you say is the clean as you go method. It really does work. So much more time to do the things that matter. Like comment on blogs.

  7. Porch Days posted on October 8, 2009 at 10:20 pm (#
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    Thanks for the tips. I agree that it takes less time to keep things clean than to clean up after you let it get really bad.

  8. Porch Days posted on October 8, 2009 at 10:20 pm (#
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    Thanks for the tips. I agree that it takes less time to keep things clean than to clean up after you let it get really bad.

  9. bridget {bake at 350} posted on October 8, 2009 at 11:05 pm (#
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    Oh, I need you as my personal assistant!!! As I'm typing, there's a stack of mail to my right 5 inches tall…bowls of icing next to the sink that I left there to check blogs "just for a few minutes"…and well, I DID manage to make the bed today, so that's one thing I did right! :)

  10. bridget {bake at 350} posted on October 8, 2009 at 11:05 pm (#
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    Oh, I need you as my personal assistant!!! As I'm typing, there's a stack of mail to my right 5 inches tall…bowls of icing next to the sink that I left there to check blogs "just for a few minutes"…and well, I DID manage to make the bed today, so that's one thing I did right! :)

  11. Saucy posted on October 9, 2009 at 1:40 am (#
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    I remember hearing that tip about never leaving a room empty handed when I was just a young mom, and it has helped me control chaos all these twenty years.

    Also, I get up a mere ten minutes before the rest of my crew: sounds silly, but ten short minutes can make the world of difference if it is uninterrupted busy time at the start of the day! Before anyone else even hits the floor, I have a load of laundry in, the dishwasher is emptied from the nighttime cycle, and the dog food is ready. It's a finely honed system, not to be messed with.

  12. Saucy posted on October 9, 2009 at 1:40 am (#
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    I remember hearing that tip about never leaving a room empty handed when I was just a young mom, and it has helped me control chaos all these twenty years.

    Also, I get up a mere ten minutes before the rest of my crew: sounds silly, but ten short minutes can make the world of difference if it is uninterrupted busy time at the start of the day! Before anyone else even hits the floor, I have a load of laundry in, the dishwasher is emptied from the nighttime cycle, and the dog food is ready. It's a finely honed system, not to be messed with.

  13. Jane posted on October 9, 2009 at 7:55 am (#
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    My helpful tip? Get someone else to do it! OK, so she doesn't come every day, but I love, love Wednesdays, when everything is clean and tidy.

  14. Jane posted on October 9, 2009 at 7:55 am (#
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    My helpful tip? Get someone else to do it! OK, so she doesn't come every day, but I love, love Wednesdays, when everything is clean and tidy.

  15. Robin posted on October 9, 2009 at 8:36 am (#
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    Putting things away as I go…There are only 2 of us at home now, if you don't count the 4 pups…anyhoo, I'm terrible at just leaving things here and there and within two days … AHHHHH!

    I'm learning to ask myself…'Self, where does this go?' And then put it there :)
    Cleaning as I go helps bunches…if it's clean, I find I keep it clean…if it starts to look cluttered … heaven help me.
    xoxoxo
    Robin

  16. Robin posted on October 9, 2009 at 8:36 am (#
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    Putting things away as I go…There are only 2 of us at home now, if you don't count the 4 pups…anyhoo, I'm terrible at just leaving things here and there and within two days … AHHHHH!

    I'm learning to ask myself…'Self, where does this go?' And then put it there :)
    Cleaning as I go helps bunches…if it's clean, I find I keep it clean…if it starts to look cluttered … heaven help me.
    xoxoxo
    Robin

  17. { L } posted on October 9, 2009 at 1:11 pm (#
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    Ok, I'm thinking that your blog is one of my new favorites! :) These tips are awesome, I especially love the last tip! What a good idea.

    I stopped on this morning to check on the status of the appliance winner…

  18. { L } posted on October 9, 2009 at 1:11 pm (#
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    Ok, I'm thinking that your blog is one of my new favorites! :) These tips are awesome, I especially love the last tip! What a good idea.

    I stopped on this morning to check on the status of the appliance winner…

  19. bridget {bake at 350} posted on October 9, 2009 at 2:58 pm (#
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    My house is so much tidier today! ;)

    I was telling my husband about your post this morning (while I was packaging up cookies) and a minute later I heard water running in the kitchen. He shouted out, "I'm cleaning in honor of TidyMom." :)

  20. bridget {bake at 350} posted on October 9, 2009 at 2:58 pm (#
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    My house is so much tidier today! ;)

    I was telling my husband about your post this morning (while I was packaging up cookies) and a minute later I heard water running in the kitchen. He shouted out, "I'm cleaning in honor of TidyMom." :)

  21. Struggler posted on October 9, 2009 at 3:23 pm (#
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    Lovely tips; subconsciously, I almost never go up or downstairs empty handed, and I'm lucky that with 2 adults, things find their way into the dishwasher pretty fast.
    I love my parents loads, but one thing that irritates me when staying with them is they always leave the previous evening's dishes until next morning. We get up, have breakfast, and then have to deal with such a horrible mess!

  22. Struggler posted on October 9, 2009 at 3:23 pm (#
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    Lovely tips; subconsciously, I almost never go up or downstairs empty handed, and I'm lucky that with 2 adults, things find their way into the dishwasher pretty fast.
    I love my parents loads, but one thing that irritates me when staying with them is they always leave the previous evening's dishes until next morning. We get up, have breakfast, and then have to deal with such a horrible mess!

  23. Designs by Jessie posted on October 9, 2009 at 4:40 pm (#
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    My sister is comming in November, maybe your available for a quick tidy up? Seriously I hate to clean more than anything else, I do it under duress:(

  24. Designs by Jessie posted on October 9, 2009 at 4:40 pm (#
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    My sister is comming in November, maybe your available for a quick tidy up? Seriously I hate to clean more than anything else, I do it under duress:(

  25. Amanda @ Serenity Now posted on October 9, 2009 at 10:10 pm (#
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    Stopping by from Julia's party. :) I LOVED this post…these tips are all completely doable. The laundry would be the hardest thing for me to work on every day…but I NEED to b/c it is piling up. Thanks so much for sharing!!

  26. Amanda @ Serenity Now posted on October 9, 2009 at 10:10 pm (#
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    Stopping by from Julia's party. :) I LOVED this post…these tips are all completely doable. The laundry would be the hardest thing for me to work on every day…but I NEED to b/c it is piling up. Thanks so much for sharing!!

  27. niartist posted on October 10, 2009 at 12:10 pm (#
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    I can always use great tips like these! THANK YOU! I'm hosting a giveaway at my blog of genuine Cross Bottles valued at $175. It ends Monday, so hurry over. I think you'll love them!

  28. niartist posted on October 10, 2009 at 12:10 pm (#
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    I can always use great tips like these! THANK YOU! I'm hosting a giveaway at my blog of genuine Cross Bottles valued at $175. It ends Monday, so hurry over. I think you'll love them!

  29. Sam posted on October 10, 2009 at 10:52 pm (#
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    Love these tips! Now if you could just give some tips on how to get your husband and kids to do the same! LOL

    Come take a peek at my new blog. I would love the visitors!

  30. Sam posted on October 10, 2009 at 10:52 pm (#
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    Love these tips! Now if you could just give some tips on how to get your husband and kids to do the same! LOL

    Come take a peek at my new blog. I would love the visitors!

  31. Laurel @ Ducks in a Row posted on October 12, 2009 at 11:30 am (#
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    I love your tips – especially not going to another room empty handed!

  32. Laurel @ Ducks in a Row posted on October 12, 2009 at 11:30 am (#
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    I love your tips – especially not going to another room empty handed!

  33. Janelle posted on October 13, 2009 at 9:27 pm (#
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    Great tips! My question is whether or not you have any tips on how to do this with young kids. I'm constantly finding myself short on time for everything and cleaning up with a babe in arms takes twice the time…LOL

  34. Janelle posted on October 13, 2009 at 9:27 pm (#
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    Great tips! My question is whether or not you have any tips on how to do this with young kids. I'm constantly finding myself short on time for everything and cleaning up with a babe in arms takes twice the time…LOL

  35. After The Alter posted on October 15, 2009 at 11:47 pm (#
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    Those are wonderful tips! I really WANT to have a clean house I just am not good at it! with in the last few years I have been pro making the bed every day…it's been wonderful! Now I have a chore chart that seems to be working..I hope I can keep it up!

  36. After The Alter posted on October 15, 2009 at 11:47 pm (#
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    Those are wonderful tips! I really WANT to have a clean house I just am not good at it! with in the last few years I have been pro making the bed every day…it's been wonderful! Now I have a chore chart that seems to be working..I hope I can keep it up!

  37. heidi @ wonder woman wannabe posted on March 13, 2010 at 10:04 am (#
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    Great tips! I learned the value of 'never leave a room empty handed' while waiting tables many years ago! It's carried over into home life for sure…very true – there's ALWAYS something out of place!

    Stopping by from Remodeling This Life, I'm sure I'll be back!! (I tried several of your recipes from 'Living Locurto' menu monday btw too!) ;)

  38. heidi @ wonder woman wannabe posted on March 13, 2010 at 10:04 am (#
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    Great tips! I learned the value of 'never leave a room empty handed' while waiting tables many years ago! It's carried over into home life for sure…very true – there's ALWAYS something out of place!

    Stopping by from Remodeling This Life, I'm sure I'll be back!! (I tried several of your recipes from 'Living Locurto' menu monday btw too!) ;)

  39. Missy K posted on March 13, 2010 at 10:45 am (#
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    I'm also stopping by from Remodeling This Life, and so glad I did. This is a great post– and a good reminder. These tips are what guarantees a basically tidy home most of the time. And they are simple actions that, once they become a habit, they're addictive because they're so easy and bring such big results. I'll be back!

  40. Missy K posted on March 13, 2010 at 10:45 am (#
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    I'm also stopping by from Remodeling This Life, and so glad I did. This is a great post– and a good reminder. These tips are what guarantees a basically tidy home most of the time. And they are simple actions that, once they become a habit, they're addictive because they're so easy and bring such big results. I'll be back!

  41. Faith posted on April 2, 2010 at 10:44 pm (#
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    I realize this is a very old post, but I just found your blog. I love it! Thanks for sharing. I am just like you, down to the padding my leave time so we can do one more quick once-over before we leave. I LOVE to come home to a neat home.
    We don't do 15 minute cleanups – we do 10. My kids call it the "10 minute scramble." Definitely helps to involve the kids! (I have 4 under 7)

  42. Faith posted on April 2, 2010 at 10:44 pm (#
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    I realize this is a very old post, but I just found your blog. I love it! Thanks for sharing. I am just like you, down to the padding my leave time so we can do one more quick once-over before we leave. I LOVE to come home to a neat home.
    We don't do 15 minute cleanups – we do 10. My kids call it the "10 minute scramble." Definitely helps to involve the kids! (I have 4 under 7)

  43. michelle b @ every little thing posted on April 25, 2010 at 2:48 am (#
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    thanks! i needed to read that!! whewph! off to clean my house, one step at a time!

  44. michelle b @ every little thing posted on April 25, 2010 at 2:48 am (#
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    thanks! i needed to read that!! whewph! off to clean my house, one step at a time!

  45. Housewife Bliss posted on April 27, 2010 at 4:13 pm (#
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    Ship shape and bristol fashion indeed, from one tidy mom to the next wishing you a fab week. Great tips.

  46. Housewife Bliss posted on April 27, 2010 at 4:13 pm (#
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    Ship shape and bristol fashion indeed, from one tidy mom to the next wishing you a fab week. Great tips.

  47. Amanda posted on July 2, 2010 at 2:30 am (#
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    Just found your blog and I love it!! Thanks for the tips!

  48. Amanda posted on July 2, 2010 at 2:30 am (#
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    Just found your blog and I love it!! Thanks for the tips!

  49. Becky@OrganizingMadeFun posted on July 2, 2010 at 6:52 pm (#
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    Oh, love your blog! Very cute – I haven't seen many blogs on organizing or housecleaning or just being tidy! I look forward to seeing all your tips from a mom who's had older kiddos, too! Mine are still young, but it's truly possible to have a clean house even if you have little ones! Thanks!

  50. Becky@OrganizingMadeFun posted on July 2, 2010 at 6:52 pm (#
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    Oh, love your blog! Very cute – I haven't seen many blogs on organizing or housecleaning or just being tidy! I look forward to seeing all your tips from a mom who's had older kiddos, too! Mine are still young, but it's truly possible to have a clean house even if you have little ones! Thanks!

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