7 Habits of a Tidy Homeowner

7 Habits of a Tidy Homeowner

photo of messy drawer along side neat drawer

Marie Kondo tyding up method concept - before and after kids clothes drawer, copy space

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photo of messy drawer along side neat drawer

Marie Kondo tyding up method concept – before and after kids clothes drawer, copy space

7 Habits of a tidy homeowner posted by somebody who always needs to tidy up!

Yes, we all have a few friends whose homes are always spotless, organized and ready for primetime any time of day.  After much research, I’m convinced that all of us can have a tidy organized home if everybody follows some simple guidelines:

# 1 Make Your bed

“Make Your Bed” a best seller by Admiral William H McRaven makes a statement about starting off right.  Make your bed.  What better way to start the day than by tidying up your sleeping space?  It’s a good habit to start with kids.

# 2 Everything Has Its Place

We all have the bottomless junk drawer!

Organizing is another step to a tidy home. Make sure every item in your house has its own place.  Labeling locations for often-used items helps everybody to keep organized. If everything has a landing spot, the junk drawer can be used for something more useful.   Also when things aren’t left all over the place simple cleaning isn’t as much of a chore.

# 3 Declutter

Chances are if you have a junk drawer, junk closet and stuff stored in garage or basement it’s time to declutter.

Even if you aren’t planning on moving start forming the habit of asking yourself- do I really need this?   The latest rage following Marie Kondo’s advice to get rid of anything that doesn’t bring you joy.  And most people aren’t joyous about clutter.

# 4 Make A List (and use it)

Write down a list of everything in your home that needs to be cleaned.  The list can be 2 columns.  Left-hand side for routine daily weekly and monthly cleaning.  The right-hand column is for major items like painting, restoration-think big-ticket items.

Now that you have a list start crossing off completed items.  Most likely after a few months of checking the left-hand column items, the work routine won’t require daily updates.  The right-hand column’s big-ticket items need to stay in front of you until completion.  Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

# 5 Tidy Daily 

Don’t let a day go by without attacking household clutter.  Allowing”stuff” to accumulate is the easiest way to get back into a rut.

Until you’re trained a daily cleaning schedule can help you keep up with clutter.  Kids and adults should have their own lists to help you gain control over your living space.

# 6 Pick A System

However, you decide to control the clutter and tidy up living space -use it.  Baskets, bins, shelves, containers are all ways to store and hide clutter.  However, too many of any storage units and lack of use is a vicious circle back to a mess.  Looking for ideas?  Check out Pinterest.  Visit Ikea and the Container Store.  Ask friends what works for them and why?  You need a system that works for your household.

# 7 Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff 

Pick your battles!  A great concept when raising kids but also when trying to keep your house tidy.  Little kids can be motivated to put toys away.  Expecting them to alway return toys to a designated slot is doomed for failure.

Let’s be real there’s always somebody in the house who wouldn’t see a dead elephant in the middle of a room.  Making a plan and schedule suited to your lifestyle and the people you live with will have better results.

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