Monday, February 8, 2016

Keeping a Tidy Home

We all have friends like this: Their houses are perfect!  No clutter, no dust on the tables, everything is in its place!  Turns out, they don’t clean round the clock, they just follow these tips from the Huffington Post:

      1. They know the difference between tidy and clean.

A house can be clean without being tidy.  The floors are free of dirt, the tables are all dusted, but there are toys and other piles of stuff all over the place.  You can also have a dirty, but tidy home.  Most people can deal with a house that is tidy, but a little dirty.  A house with everything put away, will always appear more attractive than one that has a mess all over the place!

2. They make tidiness a daily habit.

They don’t wait until the mess it too much to bear.  They have routines to keep each room looking tidy.  Having the kids clean up their toys before bed each night, hanging up clothes at the end of the day, folding laundry when it comes out of the dryer.

      3They clean as they go.

These people don’t wait until tomorrow to clean up today’s dinner.  It’s much easier to do it a day at a time, then to clean up a week’s worth of mess.

4. They collect less stuff.

When you have too much stuff, it’s almost impossible to stay tidy.  The more stuff you have, the longer it takes to organize, and then it goes back to the same mess as it was before.

5. They have a junk drawer.

Junk drawers can be used when you have that friend stopping by at the last minute.  Just sweep everything on the counter into the drawer.  Voila…a clean and tidy house!

Now, I admit, I think I only follow #5 on a regular basis (I'll blame my kids!), but the other four give me something to strive towards!  With today’s busy schedules, it is harder and harder to concentrate on your home!  Do you have any tips that you follow to keep your house under control and the chores looking less daunting?


  1. Makes a lot of sense to me, Chrissy. When I was poor & had fewer things around, my House was spotless. Now, well we just have too much junk !

  2. An interesting way to look at this "issue" is to try to hold yourself from buying stuff from the store. In this way you won't have to deal with too much stuff at home. As to the feeling that your neighbours have cleaner and more tidy homes, you should remind yourself one thing - that they are thinking the same way.