How to keep your home tidy without spending all day cleaning


Cleaning your home, and keeping your home cleaned is always a challenge. But what if I could tell you that it is achievable and not as hard as you think, by just following some helpful tips from me and my online community? Read on and get some tips below from The Organised Housewife and some very organised community members.

As you know I love hearing from you and also sharing your tips with The Organised Housewife community.  I asked on Facebook recently for some of the community’s tips on how to keep your home tidy without spending all day cleaning, as we all know this can be a constant struggle with or without children. There is always dirty laundry, dust, clutter to deal with, no matter how on top of things you are. Below are a few strategies some readers shared on how they keep their homes tidy. Please let me know some of your tips in the comments below!

Ideas on how to keep your home tidy without spending all day cleaning as we all know this can be a constant struggle with or without children there is always dirty laundry, dust, clutter and more.

Helpful Tips from my Online Community

  • When I walk through the house, I pick up things which belong in the direction I am walking and I deposit them there. It’s a pain-free way of decluttering or tidying up, that hardly takes any extra time – Kateryna
  • No matter how tired I am, after I have gotten hubby and the kids to bed, I will tidy a room – Marie
  • Keep bathroom countertops clear of clutter so at night it’s easy to wipe over the bench and sink – Tania
  • Each night I will do the dishes, wipe the countertops down, tidy up the living and dining room and give the floors a quick sweep. Well, I say quick, but the whole process can take anything from 1 to 3 hours, depending on the day we’ve had. It might seem an impossible task for an overworked, exhausted mother, but I honestly sleep better not having to lie in bed worrying about the mess I would have to rush to clean tomorrow morning. The best part, is in the morning, when I come downstairs and walk into a clean area, it just lifts my mood, like I can face anything today – Marike
  • Rehang items that can be re-worn as soon as you take them off, rather than laying them on the floor or bed – Julia
  • I know Kat mentions this all the time, and at first, I didn’t think that such a simple thing would make a difference, but it truly works. I make my bed after my morning shower and it instantly makes the room look tidy and me a little bit chirpier – Sal
  • Making sure I have put on a load of washing every night has helped me to keep on top of the never-ending mountain of dirty clothes. – Louise
  • This is another one of Kat’s tips that has truly changed my mornings. I empty my dishwasher and pack the breakfast dishes back into it when I am waiting for my kettle to boil for my morning cuppa.  – Justine
  • Clean as you cook – Maddy

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What is your top tip to keep your home tidy?

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Caro August 22, 2017 - 6:34 AM

I read an amazing tip a few years ago that I now swear by as an OCD full time working mum and partner of the messiest man alive. I do a lap of the downstairs holding my empty washing basket. Put anything in it that is in the wrong place. Then do another lap taking things out and putting them in the right place. Then do the same upstairs. It takes no time and everything looks much tidier straight away ??

Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 22, 2017 - 8:55 AM

Love this idea doing laps in the house! But the washing basket is fabulous idea cause you do need to empty it to put the washing out!

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Hi Katrina
I can see the link about to do your 20 days to organise and clean your house, but the link isn’t working? I would really like to purchase this ecourse. Can you please advise.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife April 28, 2020 - 8:44 AM

Hi Candice, that e-course is not currently available, but this one here is very similar (and I think you’ll love it!): Hope this helps 🙂 Kat

Melanie August 22, 2017 - 12:14 PM

I prefer to clean in the morning. So before I go to bed I will grab a box I have and go room to room putting all the stuff left lying around in it. Then the next morning i’ll put it all away.
Also emptying the dishwasher in the morning so I can fill it up as the day goes on. I’ll also fill up the sink with boiling water in the morning and soak the pots and pans from the night before. Once I’m ready for the day its cooled down enough for me to quickly clean them!
I’m pretty good at washing and drying the washing but putting it away is another story! If I’m too busy (or lets be honest, lazy) I have a hamper for clean washing that I fill and put into a cupboard so I don’t have to look at it. When I have spare time during the week I’ll just put it all away at once.
I hate feeling like I’m cleaning all the time & every day. So getting it all done in the morning makes me feel free to spend the rest of the day how I want.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 22, 2017 - 2:26 PM

That’s fantastic Melanie. Sounds like you have a great routine in place!

Leah August 22, 2017 - 4:28 PM

One of my favourite tips of yours is to schedule washing for each day. I do:
Mon – kids, Tues, towels & mats, Wed – darks, Thurs – colours, Fri – whites, Sat – sheets, Sun, extra as needed (blankets, chair covers, Fiona covers etc). Each following night I fold and put away just that previous days washing. Having that real structure not only keeps it organised but gives me the grace to not feel it all has to be done in one go and get overwhelmed. I quite regularly now have extra time where I don’t even need to wash and so catch up on other washing to prepare for those weeks where it all just gets crazy! Lol

Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 24, 2017 - 11:31 AM

That’s a great routine you have going Leah. Glad you have found something that works for you and thanks for sharing your tip with the community

Kylie-May August 22, 2017 - 8:09 PM

We have 4 children & 3 bathrooms so, each & everytime the shower is used I squeegee down the screen, wall tiles & ledge. Finally I dry it over with a microfiber cloth. I’ve found that this eliminates mould & I never need to scrub my showers.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 24, 2017 - 11:33 AM

That seems like a lot to do every morning but if it eliminates mould and the need to scrub them then that’s a huge bonus!

Rebecca August 22, 2017 - 9:51 PM

Before I start cooking dinner I fill the sink with quite HOT soapy Water.(I try to have all previous dishes cleaned , or quickly do them first) As I cut up dinner/ use utensils etc. I will either throw the dishes in there to soak & wash together in between cooking tasks or quickly wash them. Done. Even after dinner we do the same thing. The plates get stacked & cutlery also goes straight into the water. I find washing them straight away avoids my procrastination. It also makes the whole horid dishes thing not turn into a mountain of more work at the end of a tiring day. I too feel in a better mood the next morning waking to a clean kitchen. I can’t stand trying to get everyone breakfast around a mesy bench as they Sook they’re hungry- cause I’m hungry too& also cranky at a mess that will take me half the day to catch up 😉 🙂 Thanks Katrina for such a helpful subject for today’s blog!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 24, 2017 - 11:34 AM

That’s a great tip Rebecca! I like that ??

Luci August 24, 2017 - 12:10 AM

totally agree with all the comments above. I have taught my kids, that if they can take something out, they have the capacity to put it away, so do it. i also walk the house taking things that don’t belong with me as i go. it really works.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 24, 2017 - 11:35 AM

The younger you can teach them those habits the better. Love it!

Amber August 24, 2017 - 3:11 PM

I have a morning and night routine. Morning I wake up, get dressed and before I leave the room I make the bed grab any washing from the bedroom/bathroom then sort it into hampers in the laundry on my way to the kitchen (takes no time at all). Once in the kitchen I pack away dishes from the night before (we don’t have a dishwasher) and then its onto breakfast/ lunches then I quickly do the dishes and its out the door.

Night: we prep dinner then while its cooking we do the dishes from lunches/dinner prep/ wipe down benches, then as soon as dinner if dished up the pots and pans are in to soak ready to wash after dinner. We then do a quick tidy of the house and a load of washing and we’re done for the night. it sounds like a lot but it really doesn’t take long.

Naomi August 26, 2017 - 7:45 PM

Some great ideas! I load the washing machine each night so that I only need to switch it on in the morning. It’s a bonus though if you have a machine with a timer so that you can organise it to start an hour before you wake up! Also my toddler is now pretty safe in the bath so while we chat and she plays in there I will clean one area of the bathroom each night- the mirror, shower, sink, skirting boards etc.

yasso December 6, 2017 - 3:56 AM

it’s realy great article and detailed,it’smake me angry when i spend all day cleaning ,so thank you.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife December 11, 2017 - 10:34 AM

It really makes such a difference when you can do little bits here and there to take the pressure off. All the best

Farah Dyer-Steel March 23, 2018 - 10:21 PM

my dad always does a “pre wash up” so that when it comes time to do the dishes after dinner, you’re only washing up the stuff that was on the stove or kitchen table, everything else has already been taken care of (prep dishes and implements etc)


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