31 days of Loving Where You Live: Day 11, Tidy It Up

Your home looks better and more welcoming when it’s tidy. I think most of us feel more comfortable and relaxed in a clean and tidy place. I know I do. When my house is in disarray so is my mind, so cleaning it up and staying on top of it has to be a priority for me.

Here are things that need to be done Everyday:

Make Your Bed – It’s such a little thing but really does make a big difference. If your bed is made it makes your room look instantly better. When my bed is made I also feel I get more accomplished in my day (maybe because I’m not constantly thinking about making my bed).

Clean Up As You Go – Whether you’re working on a craft project, playing games with the kids or making dinner, cleaning up as you go is the key to keeping things under control. It’s true that it only takes a few minutes to put something away instantly, but hours to tidy up the whole house. I don’t think the kids are actually cleaning up, I think they’re licking the pan.

No Dishes in the Sink – My kitchen can be seen from the living room so it’s important to me that I get the dishes out of the sink as soon as possible. Even if your kitchen can’t be seen from other living spaces, don’t you feel better with an empty sink?

Have a Place for Everything – If everything has a home and everyone in the family knows where that place is then it makes it easier for the whole family to help keep things tidy. If your family members have a hard time remembering where things go, labeling might be a good idea.

Pick Up Every Night Before Bed – Take 10 minutes every night before everyone goes to bed and do a quick clean up of the main living spaces. You can make a contest out of it and then all of the sudden it’s fun. My kids like to race me. Take around a basket and place everything in it that doesn’t belong in that room, then go around to the rooms and put it all away.

Do you have some tidy up ideas you do every day?

See you tomorrow for the next post in the series 31 days of Loving Where You Live: Bring the Outdoors In

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  • christa October 11, 2012, 6:06 am

    Sounds so simple and yet will make a great impact on the cleanliness of your house. I struggle with the clean up before bed. I am drained by then and want to relax rather than clean. I need to work on getting the kids to help out more too. Thanks for the reminders.

  • Kristen October 11, 2012, 6:32 pm

    The little things really do make a big difference! The bed gets made, but my dishes occasionally last overnight. I feel better when my counters are clear, so I need to work on the tidying up more.

  • Jerimi October 14, 2012, 8:11 am

    I love that you’ve turned it into a game, and that your kids race you. That’s awesome!

  • Dara October 14, 2012, 8:29 pm

    do you have any suggestions for dishes that are drying and dish drying racks after you empty them?

  • Maureen October 19, 2012, 5:52 am

    Loving this whole series – but this post in particular! These are 5 easy things and it’s so true they can make a huge difference! I picked this as one of My Friday Favorites this week

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