Friday, October 7, 2011

Keep your house tidy easily with 3 simple rules

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Having a tidy house keeps me happy and calm.

When my space is organised and clear, I don't panic when people drop by unannounced, I'm not wasting time searching for lost items, I arrive on time or early when I go somewhere (which is something I never did before!), and I have more time to have fun with my family.

When I help people organise their spaces, I usually get asked what sort of tools they should buy - containers, planners, file folders, desks, cupboards, etc. I say the same thing every time.

Fancy tools, boxes and organising products are fun, pretty and useful and I LOVE them. But they aren't necessary, they're just nice to have.

So before you go out and spend lots of $ on organising products, get the basics covered first, so you're not wasting your money.

To start with, you only need to focus on 3 things to keep your house clear and clutter free.

Three things. That's it!

And you don't need to spend and money on them if you don't want to.

Here's what you REALLY need to do to keep a tidy house:
  1. Get Motivated: Something has to get you going, get you interested in tidying your house regularly. For some, it's writing a To Do list and crossing chores off as you go. For others, it's rewarding themselves after the job is complete. You may like to play your favourite music while you work, put up a motivational poster or keep a few inspiration photos handy - pictures of your house when it's tidy so you know how good it looks when it's organised. Whatever you choose, it has to be something that appeals to YOU so you're more likely to do it. Personally, I get motivated to tidy when I'm stressed, because a tidy room makes my head feel clearer and I look forward to feeling relaxed..
  2. Assign a home for everything: Yep, even the little things. Where do you keep your keys, spare change, any business cards you collect, caps, phone charger, sunglasses, medicines, safety pins? If you give everything a proper place to live, it's easy to put it away, rather than just put it down anywhere, creating clutter. Make it easy for your family to put things away too by labelling boxes, shelves, etc so they know exactly where things belong. 
  3. Consistency: This is so important. Your house will only stay tidy if you look after it on a regular basis. The easiest way to do this is to get in the habit of doing a quick tidy up every day. The key is to make it part of your daily routine. Even if it's only a 15 or 30 minute activity, it will help reduce the mess so much and you won't have to spend your whole weekend catching up on housework! I usually set my iPhone timer for 15 minutes and go around the house, room by room, as fast as I can - making sure I put things away in the place they belong!
The important thing to remember here is that keeping your house tidy is an ongoing process - it's going to need work every day. But with these 3 ideas, the work won't be difficult or time consuming, you can just cruise through on auto pilot and then relax and enjoy your beautiful home :)

Now, time to share your tips! How do YOU stay on top of your housework?

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  1. With four kids - it fluctuates. If I lose a child and find them buried under a pile of toys or the washing - it's time to get sorted again!

    I have a washing basket that I toss things into if they haven't been put away. We also have a round up time 15 - 20 minutes sometime before bed - we put on some music and we just get stuck into it. we also use this time to get ready for the following day - matching socks, uniforms and bags packed. (I often discover homework too!)

  2. Love this! Every night when my house is quiet and everyone is asleep I tidy up, pack the next days lunches, pack the nappy bag etc so I can go to bed knowing that the next morning the house will be tidy and I'm all ready to just get up and go somewhere. I get stressed if I go to bed and the house isn't tidied and organized because I know I'll just have to get up in the morning and clean up. So my uninterrupted night time routine has become a habit and it works. Having said that, I am flexible enough to know that if it doesn't get done for one reason or another I.e. Kids not sleeping, people call or drop by, then it's not the end of the world;) as long as it doesn't haooen every day! Lol

  3. My favorite piece of advice given to me was - never leave a room empty handed

  4. Am loving this new blog Marissa :) I like to think of myself as a professional organiser in training :) Looking forward to reading more about what you come up with. PS - I love storage solutions - fabulous things.

  5. I've been working hard at this, it's so stressful with a newborn! Thanks for the tips :)

  6. Straight up, i see keeping the house clean, tidy, well stocked & organised as my job, i'm a full time housewife with 4 children who are in school 6-7 hours a day, i love what i do & do it well. Clutter messes with my head. Love Posie

  7. I have my work cut out for me! But i am ready!!!
    Happy to have found your blog, thanks for the inspiration x

  8. I try I really do but clutter seems to follow me...thanks for the easy tips - I like the round up time suggested by Kids Bizz Development too! Popping over from the DP blog carnival x

  9. What a great post - so true! I struggle with finding a home for everything. We have limited storage and I've had to get creative with plastic crates under the spare bed and stacking them in the spare wardrobe.

    My 'hubby' has the dreadful habit of never putting things away. Between him and my 4yo daughter, I spend most of my cleaning time packing up! I whip around every morning and that does keep it relatively under control (so long as you avert your eyes from my dining room which has turned into the HQ for all clutter - a shame I can't close a door on it when visitors come around...)

  10. thanks Marissa, i am a mother of five some of them are teens and its hard sometimes to keep the house tidy but with your tips it seems easy. will am going to try that now and will let you know how it goes, better get going thanks again.

  11. I'm a new mother and now I understand why my mother was saying to me to declutter up as a kid-very good blog!

  12. This post is very much interesting and it can give us a helpful tips. A lot of us wants to have a beautiful and organized home and we can use those tips. I am very much glad to found this post. Thank you.

  13. Thanks Marissa very helpful. I went out and bought 3 slimline laundry hampers which I place 1 for normal wash 1 for blacks 1 for gentle wash which has helped me so much.I don't have to sort out washing from one hamper and when I see that one is full off I go and do a wash.

    1. Love that idea Robyn! I find it amazing that it's the simple changes save the most time in the long run xx

  14. Cleaning our house can be so tough frustrating and tiresome, this post is very much motivating while reading some of your tips. Its cool!

  15. Cleaning is an very hard task for me and i do not like cleaning daily. But it is very important to clean home and we do not leave it as such, it is an very nice tips shared by you and they help me in making my cleaning process much more easy. Loved this post!

  16. Good tips!
    In order to quickly tidy my house, I like to use the box and bag method:
    1. Trash goes in the bag.
    2. Whatever doesn't belong in the room goes in the box
    3. Put everything else back in its place.

    There ya go, I tidied up! What do you think?

  17. Glad I found this post just to remind myself that I am not the only one finding it hard to keep a clean and tidy home! Am a mother of 3 kids under the age of 5 and seriously struggling to keep order! think it's the lack of sleep :-(

    1. You're definitely not the only one!

      We all struggle from time to time and with 3 kids under 5 it can feel like as soon as the house is clean they whirl through and mess it up again! Lucky they're cute ;)

      You're doing a great job xx