Finally got a tidy house so how do I keep it tidy...?(8 Posts)
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I'm in the same position, I am gradually MKing my home, so some parts are really tidy and other parts are a work in progress.
However, I have kept my kitchen, hall, utility room, dining room, lounge, bathroom and airing cupboard tidy for about 3 weeks now. This is not a boast, more of an amazed share
What has helped me is not leaving stuff around, having a place for everything, i.e. when doing the final kitchen clear up in the evening, washing up and putting everything away, cleaning hob, wiping surfaces and sinks and sweeping floor. I don't have a timetable, it's more 'a little bit as I go'.
It really does not take much time. I try to multi task too. I have long telephone chats to Dsis and DD, so I have a damp e-cloth in my hand and I wipe down paint work, door handles and light switches fittings which always seem to get grubby.
Good luck - I'm watching this thread with interest too
Don't allow new stuff in the house unless the bringer of the new stuff (including you!) gets rid of an equivalent amount of old stuff.
Keep removing unused things for recycling/charity shop as and when you can.
Have a pacey ten/fifteen minutes every evening when you put some fast fun music on and the whole family rushes about seeing how much they can tidy and how nice they can make their home look before the timer goes off.
Develop habits of ensuring when you leave a room you have put right any mess you made in that room.
Don't allow piles of stuff to develop. Find them a suitable permanent home or bin!
Read Marie Kondo.
If I'm feeling organised, I try to follow all this
Otherwise, I just try to make sure the kitchen and living room are clean and tidy every evening.
Give other people living in the house involved too. Even kids if you have any.
Well done for getting it so clean and tidy. It's hard if it's not how you naturally are.
The easiest way is just to do little jobs as you go, so don't leave rubbish laying around, put it straight in the bin. Quick tidy of the lounge before bed as you turn the lights out. Wipe down the kitchen after dinner, putting the dishwasher on and washing up anything else.
It shouldn't take long to keep it nice, you just have to pay each room maybe 5 minutes attention a day.
Unfuck your Habitat has some good daily/weekly/monthly checklists that you might find helpful
We have a cleaning chore blackboard at home. The chores are separated in two categories.
There's the daily cleaning - stuff like cleaning the kitchen that always seem like a giant mess, picking up toys and sorting the laundry. Basically, we deal with all the small stuff before they pile up and turn to big chores.
We also have a rotation schedule - big stuff like the overall bathroom cleaning goes here. We clean the main floor once a week and do laundry twice a week...
You get the idea, good planning is essential. Then you only need to stick to the schedule, which is a no-brainer and do everything in small bites. That's it.
Well done, that's amazing! If it works for you, I'd suggest a daily, weekly and monthly list. I'd recommend setting reminders on your iPad or similar if you're on it as much as I am. Daily - do dishes, tidy away clutter, wipe surfaces etc etc. Weekly, clean bathroom, Hoover, dust etc.
not that I do stuff as regularly as I should so do as I say not as I do
With washing I use a small box that takes a load so it's really visible when there's enough to do, and put it in as soon as i have enough rather than when I need the clothes.
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