Tips to Keep Your Home Clean and Organized
When I have a solid plan in place, I am able to keep my home so much more organized! These few simple steps help me clean and organize my home and keep it that way.
I love this time of year. After a couple months of laid-back summer days with more of a carefree schedule, I am always eager to get back to a more organized routine. As the fall months get closer and back-to-school items start taking over all of the stores, it always seems like the perfect opportunity to start fresh, re-prioritize, and get organized!
Today I thought I’d talk about how I organize and clean our home, and share my tried and true system for keeping it that way without constantly feeling overwhelmed.
Because if there’s one thing I’ve learned, the key to maintaining a clean and tidy house is having a system in place.
Trust me, our house is not 100% spotless 24/7. It is a work in progress, and that’s okay. We’re not working toward perfection here – just better habits.
If you’re needing some direction on how to keep your house clean & free of clutter as we head into a busier season, I’ve outlined my exact system below. (And I have a HUGE bundle of resources at the bottom of this post that will literally organize your entire life!)
A Simple System for How to Keep Your House Clean & Clutter Free
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Make a plan
Create a plan with small steps that lead to the big change you want to see happen. By coming up with a few simple, intentional organizational systems – you can easily stay on track and keep your home clean and free of clutter.
Since our summer schedules/routines are pretty laid back, I like to reevaluate my organizational plan each year to set our home up for success. (I usually reassess again in January after the hustle and bustle of the holidays is over, as well.)
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Here’s how I go about creating a system that works:
I like to put pen to paper and physically write out all of my goals and tasks to keep our home clean & tidy using pretty organizational printables.
I am sure some of you are thinking, but my phone does this in the Notes app! While I DO frequently save notes on my phone, I use that more for daily to do lists and reminders. When it comes to forming a system for our home (and sticking to it), I’ve found that using a physical planner works best.
Feel free to use what works best for you, but I think it’s worth noting that we are 40% more likely to stick to a plan when we take the time to write down our goals. Just a little food for thought. 😉
When coming up with a system to keep the home clean and free of clutter, there’s 3 main things I like to focus on:
- Purge often – It makes sense: the less we own, the less we have to keep organized, right?
- Make organizing easy – Giving everything a designated home makes our house feel much less cluttered, AND I always know where to find things when I need them. Win-win!
- Create a cleaning schedule – Having a cleaning schedule will help breakdown large cleaning tasks and provide great motivation to get it done.
- Related tip: I recommend the cleaning plan included in this printables bundle that breaks tasks down by occurrence. You simply fill in the tasks you want to accomplish each week at the top, and then list your daily, monthly, and yearly cleaning items at the bottom to make sure nothing gets missed.
Now that we have our 3 big tasks to focus on, next we need to break them down into smaller tasks and assign them to a schedule or routine. (This is where the organizational printables can really come in handy!)
I’ve broken down the tasks into monthly, weekly and daily schedules and have included some examples of each below:
- Have a box or bin for donation items located somewhere in your home that is easy to get to. Set a timer for ten minutes or so every day to declutter a small area and then be done with it until the next day.
- Put items back in their designated “homes”
- Tip for the mamas: Allocate bins and shelves for toys to teach little ones where it all goes so they know how to pitch in.
- Finish one task before moving onto the next
- Have a system for paper clutter (I recommend going paperless)
- Create to do list for the following day
- Make beds
- Start (and finish!) 1 load of laundry
- Empty/Load dishwasher
- Sweep floors
- Wipe counters
- Pick one room/area of your home each week to go through and declutter. Read Ditching the Clutter for Good as a guide to come up with what items you should be purging regularly.
- Add new items to Facebook Buy/Sell/Trade groups as well as Craigslist to earn a few extra bucks from items that could be useful to someone else. Read this post for some great tips for selling used items online.
- Create an organizing system for the area you spent decluttering. Read 15 Best Budget Friendly Organizing Items to get some ideas for how to organize each space.
- Clean floors, surfaces, and furniture in each room of the house. Consider assigning each room to a different day of the week, or choose to do the majority of cleaning on one day of the week.
- Take donation bin to your local Goodwill or thrift store
- Use this downloadable checklist and make a plan to decide which areas you’re going to focus on decluttering this month
- Fill out your monthly planner and create a plan of attack for organizing areas around your home.
- Flip & clean mattresses
- Clean rugs & mats
- Launder throw blankets & throw pillow covers
- Launder curtains and dust blinds
- Clean fridge, microwave, & small appliances
- Wipe down walls, baseboards, and windows
Pin the image below for quick reference!
Here are some things you may want to check out if you’re trying to create your own system for how to keep your house clean and clutter-free.
- Eliminate your paper clutter. Buy a scanner and go paperless – this is what we do! We used the method in this eBook to come up with a simple, organized paperless system.
- Check Pinterest for solutions to specific or uncommon organizing/cleaning problem areas. Pinterest is full of helpful resources.
- Grab this downloadable planner and print it off at home to help you waste less time and accomplish more.
- If you appreciate physical books with real pages to flip through, I highly recommend The Complete Book of Organization. I bought this book for myself and loved it so much I bought a second one for my mom as a gift! Not only does it have some amazing tips & hacks, but it’s pretty too and would make a great coffee table book.
- If you have trouble letting go of “stuff”, read this post where I help breakdown the decluttering process and teach you how to ditch the clutter for good!
- Make the most of your closet space. I recommend Easy Closets for creating customizable storage solutions. You can create your own custom design online (with the help of one of their designers) and they ship everything straight to your door and you install it yourself! Plus, right now when you shop through my link, you can get free shipping and save 5% by entering the code: CLOSETS165.
- Looking for cheap bins and containers? Checkout Save Dollar Stores. Save Dollar Stores is an online dollar store I’ve been using for a few months now. It saves me a trip to town, and they always have free shipping! Sign up for their newsletters using my link and get $5 off your first purchase!
If you plan ahead, you can really set yourself up for amazing success once the busy months hit. No matter if you work from home, have small children home all day, or if you only have a few precious hours after work and on the weekends, scheduling time to clean your home and get organized is important!
Otherwise, our homes can get real crazy, real quick! So instead let’s get crazy about getting organized!
To go a little deeper on this organizing crazy train, I’m so excited to share an organizational remedy that works! And I figured if you’re craving routines and structure like I am, it might help you too. 🙂
It’s called Simplify: 35+ Printables to Help You Organize Your Life. (I never send along these kinds of things unless I know it’s worth it, so you know this is gonna be good!)
Simplify is a collection of more than 35 types of printables to help you get organized, totaling over 100 printable pages! It focuses on the areas of life that seem the craziest and works to organize them and make them more manageable. Every printable comes in both standard size (8.5″ x 11″) and junior size (5.5″ x 8.5″), so whether you like to plan on a large, sprawling page or tuck your binder neatly into your purse, Simplify will work for you. #winning!
But the best part is that you can get all 100 printable pages for only $14! Woo to the hoo!
You can see all the details about what’s included in the bundle here and snag the instant download for yourself if you want.
I hope this post has given you lots of ideas on how to keep your house clean by coming up with a system that works for you.
It all comes back to having a plan in place. That’s it.
And as important as I think it is to have a system to keep us on track, I think it’s just as important to give ourselves grace. So don’t get discouraged if you get behind on your tidy home goals, just start fresh and get yourself back on track!
Do you have any tried and true systems that help keep your home clean and clutter free? I’d love to hear all about them in the comments!
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