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Tips for the Tidy Home {Revisited}

 

 

Sarah of Thrifty Decor Chick is having a party!

 And not just ANY party….but


MY kind of PARTAY!

 

 A CLEANING PARTY!

 

{I thought this was the perfect time to revisit an older post of mine}

cleaning tips at TidyMom

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 this post).

How do I keep my house looking tidy?

I’m going to share a few of my tips (what works for me)

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!

Click over to read the rest of my Tips for a tidy home!

 

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

 

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+

44 Responses to “Tips for the Tidy Home {Revisited}”

  1. pk @ Room Remix posted on January 18, 2010 at 12:51 am (#
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    These are great tips! I've done the "set the timer and see how much I can get done" trick quite a few times and it really works for me. I also like the reminder not to let it sit to later too – it works well for me when I do it, but I don't always stick to that one. Have a good week.

  2. pk @ Room Remix posted on January 18, 2010 at 12:51 am (#
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    These are great tips! I've done the "set the timer and see how much I can get done" trick quite a few times and it really works for me. I also like the reminder not to let it sit to later too – it works well for me when I do it, but I don't always stick to that one. Have a good week.

  3. Amy Kinser posted on January 18, 2010 at 1:08 am (#
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    I love all of your ideas. I like the quick tidy thing as well. We used to call it a 10 minute tidy when my kids were younger. We all took a room and cleaned up for 10 minutes until the timer went off. I love to go to bed with a picked up house. Fresh house to start off my day.

    Blessings to you.

  4. Amy Kinser posted on January 18, 2010 at 1:08 am (#
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    I love all of your ideas. I like the quick tidy thing as well. We used to call it a 10 minute tidy when my kids were younger. We all took a room and cleaned up for 10 minutes until the timer went off. I love to go to bed with a picked up house. Fresh house to start off my day.

    Blessings to you.

  5. April posted on January 18, 2010 at 2:35 am (#
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    Thanks for some great tips!

    I have really been working hard to stay on top of my laundry. So far so good! It feels great to open the washer or dryer to start a new load and not find it filled with clothes!

  6. April posted on January 18, 2010 at 2:35 am (#
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    Thanks for some great tips!

    I have really been working hard to stay on top of my laundry. So far so good! It feels great to open the washer or dryer to start a new load and not find it filled with clothes!

  7. Michelle@Sweet Something posted on January 18, 2010 at 2:58 am (#
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    I like the timer idea! Think of the calories burned by running around too! ;)

  8. Michelle@Sweet Something posted on January 18, 2010 at 2:58 am (#
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    I like the timer idea! Think of the calories burned by running around too! ;)

  9. Lianna Knight posted on January 18, 2010 at 7:43 am (#
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    I am the exact same way…I hate to make more than one trip, so I ALWAYS have an arm full when I am walking around our house :)

    You can check out my ideas here…
    http://bethouaknight.blogspot.com/2010/01/so-fresh-so-clean.html

  10. Lianna Knight posted on January 18, 2010 at 7:43 am (#
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    I am the exact same way…I hate to make more than one trip, so I ALWAYS have an arm full when I am walking around our house :)

    You can check out my ideas here…
    http://bethouaknight.blogspot.com/2010/01/so-fresh-so-clean.html

  11. Robin posted on January 18, 2010 at 8:44 am (#
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    Great advice Cheryl. I so love the "Clean ASAP", if I put things off it doesn't take long for me to get stuck. I feel overwhelmed and unable to do anything! But keeping it clean as we go…well that's "stuck-prevention" for me!
    xoxo

  12. Robin posted on January 18, 2010 at 8:44 am (#
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    Great advice Cheryl. I so love the "Clean ASAP", if I put things off it doesn't take long for me to get stuck. I feel overwhelmed and unable to do anything! But keeping it clean as we go…well that's "stuck-prevention" for me!
    xoxo

  13. He & Me + 3 posted on January 18, 2010 at 9:20 am (#
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    Love this post. I too love to see the end result and cannot stand to see things sit…gotta clean it up right away.

  14. He & Me + 3 posted on January 18, 2010 at 9:20 am (#
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    Love this post. I too love to see the end result and cannot stand to see things sit…gotta clean it up right away.

  15. Amanda posted on January 18, 2010 at 10:15 am (#
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    Excellent tips my dear… if I could pick just one of them to do to my life would be easier!!!

    Blessings-
    Amanda

  16. Amanda posted on January 18, 2010 at 10:15 am (#
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    Excellent tips my dear… if I could pick just one of them to do to my life would be easier!!!

    Blessings-
    Amanda

  17. Bonnie @ House of Grace posted on January 18, 2010 at 10:56 am (#
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  18. Bonnie @ House of Grace posted on January 18, 2010 at 10:56 am (#
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  19. Bonnie @ House of Grace posted on January 18, 2010 at 11:05 am (#
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    I just saw that you already did, thanks!

  20. Bonnie @ House of Grace posted on January 18, 2010 at 11:05 am (#
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    I just saw that you already did, thanks!

  21. Julia from findingbeauty@home and BellePapier posted on January 18, 2010 at 1:57 pm (#
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    Thanks for the fabulous tips! Some of them I do but I love your planned time before you leave. I must do that!

  22. Julia from findingbeauty@home and BellePapier posted on January 18, 2010 at 1:57 pm (#
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    Thanks for the fabulous tips! Some of them I do but I love your planned time before you leave. I must do that!

  23. Amy posted on January 18, 2010 at 3:40 pm (#
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    Loving these tips and I so agree! It has been all about doing small things to keep up with everything rather than trying to do a great deal of cleaning at once. Thank you for those tips!

  24. Amy posted on January 18, 2010 at 3:40 pm (#
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    Loving these tips and I so agree! It has been all about doing small things to keep up with everything rather than trying to do a great deal of cleaning at once. Thank you for those tips!

  25. Beverly @ The Buzz posted on January 18, 2010 at 5:02 pm (#
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    Great tips! I do most of these things, too. Makes life a lot easier.

  26. Beverly @ The Buzz posted on January 18, 2010 at 5:02 pm (#
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    Great tips! I do most of these things, too. Makes life a lot easier.

  27. heidi @ wonder woman wannabe posted on January 18, 2010 at 5:32 pm (#
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    Hi! Popp'n over from Living Locurto (great menu BTW!)

    Great cleaning tips!

    You've got a darling and informative blog going here! I look forward to visitng you again soon!

    Cheers!

  28. heidi @ wonder woman wannabe posted on January 18, 2010 at 5:32 pm (#
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    Hi! Popp'n over from Living Locurto (great menu BTW!)

    Great cleaning tips!

    You've got a darling and informative blog going here! I look forward to visitng you again soon!

    Cheers!

  29. Anonymous posted on January 18, 2010 at 6:28 pm (#
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    I just love the 15 minute Tidy and the girls love it as well. It really is amazing how much can get done with three little munchkins running around and then the pride they show after a job well done :)

    I love the other tips and will work them into my little world, thanks for the inspiration.

  30. Anonymous posted on January 18, 2010 at 6:28 pm (#
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    I just love the 15 minute Tidy and the girls love it as well. It really is amazing how much can get done with three little munchkins running around and then the pride they show after a job well done :)

    I love the other tips and will work them into my little world, thanks for the inspiration.

  31. supreme posted on January 18, 2010 at 11:50 pm (#
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    Those are some tips I needed to hear today as I stare down a mountain of laundry and dusty shelves. Tomorrow will be a tidier day!

    Thanks!

  32. supreme posted on January 18, 2010 at 11:50 pm (#
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    Those are some tips I needed to hear today as I stare down a mountain of laundry and dusty shelves. Tomorrow will be a tidier day!

    Thanks!

  33. bridget {bake at 350} posted on January 19, 2010 at 11:52 am (#
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    I *so* need you to come visit! ;)

  34. bridget {bake at 350} posted on January 19, 2010 at 11:52 am (#
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    I *so* need you to come visit! ;)

  35. Kacey posted on January 22, 2010 at 8:08 pm (#
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    Great ideas! I need to implement some of them for my own chaotic household. Thanks!

  36. Kacey posted on January 22, 2010 at 8:08 pm (#
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    Great ideas! I need to implement some of them for my own chaotic household. Thanks!

  37. Andi's English Attic posted on January 23, 2010 at 4:51 am (#
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    I have a dryer for the first time. (English winters without a dryer – can you imagine?) I used to have damp clothes hanging on racks in the kitchen. We haven't had an electric bill in yet so I've no idea how much extra I'm paying for the use of the dryer but, boy, does it make a difference to the feel of the kitchen!!

  38. Andi's English Attic posted on January 23, 2010 at 4:51 am (#
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    I have a dryer for the first time. (English winters without a dryer – can you imagine?) I used to have damp clothes hanging on racks in the kitchen. We haven't had an electric bill in yet so I've no idea how much extra I'm paying for the use of the dryer but, boy, does it make a difference to the feel of the kitchen!!

  39. marineswife posted on January 28, 2010 at 12:17 am (#
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    Love all the tips!

  40. marineswife posted on January 28, 2010 at 12:17 am (#
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    Love all the tips!

  41. Su posted on January 29, 2010 at 1:03 pm (#
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    great motivation. . just found your blog from another blog's linky party. . I think :) I am going to link to your post.

    Thanks for the time you gave this post-
    Su

  42. Su posted on January 29, 2010 at 1:03 pm (#
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    great motivation. . just found your blog from another blog's linky party. . I think :) I am going to link to your post.

    Thanks for the time you gave this post-
    Su

  43. Anonymous posted on February 7, 2010 at 2:15 am (#
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    My kids are 10 and 12 and already on board with doing chores such as taking turns helping with dishes and feeding pets and livestock each night.

    Their bedrooms, however, kept getting out of hand until I simply added "ten minute tidying" principles to their daily schedule. They have always known that the minute they get home from school they need to do homework first. I've now added "clean room" second to the list. Before fun and games.

    It is already so much easier because it's a set time and inviolate. They know they don't wander off to do their own thing until the room is clean and any clean laundry I set in the room that day is put away. As they go I hope they learn that it's easier to "keep clean" than "get clean" and act accordingly.

    My 10 year old DD, in particular, seems to enjoy that fact that when she asks to have a sleepover I point out that since her room is "company ready" we'd love to.

  44. Anonymous posted on February 7, 2010 at 2:15 am (#
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    My kids are 10 and 12 and already on board with doing chores such as taking turns helping with dishes and feeding pets and livestock each night.

    Their bedrooms, however, kept getting out of hand until I simply added "ten minute tidying" principles to their daily schedule. They have always known that the minute they get home from school they need to do homework first. I've now added "clean room" second to the list. Before fun and games.

    It is already so much easier because it's a set time and inviolate. They know they don't wander off to do their own thing until the room is clean and any clean laundry I set in the room that day is put away. As they go I hope they learn that it's easier to "keep clean" than "get clean" and act accordingly.

    My 10 year old DD, in particular, seems to enjoy that fact that when she asks to have a sleepover I point out that since her room is "company ready" we'd love to.

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