- Make your bed, hang up your clothes, shut closet door, drawers, straighten rug
- If you take it out, put it away – where it belongs!
- If you make a mess – clean it up.
- When you get out of the car – take all your stuff and rubbish with you.
- Deal with paper that comes into your house daily – mostly rubbish usually – which means deep six it immediately – no piling.
- Wash the dishes, let dry, put them away along with the drain rack. Clean and shine sink/faucet/handles.
- Clear and wipe counters, sinks, back splash, faucets every day. Just takes a moment – just do it.
- Keep laundry current – when hamper is full – wash the clothes, dry or hang them to dry. Fold them and put away. Consider washing a load everyday.
- Throw away things that don’t work, give away or sell things you don’t use.
- Some tasks simply take time and need doing at least once a week. Cleaning showers, bathtubs, toilets, vacuuming or washing floors, dusting ceilings, washing walls, windows, sills. Some prefer scheduling the same time each week to do all or choose one or more to do each day until it’s all done.
- Consider carefully whether or not you need more storage units or shelves vs just getting rid of extra stuff. Less stuff; less to clean.
- Company can drop in and you won’t be embarrassed or feel the need to apologise for filth.
- Having to unload papers and junk from a chair to allow a guest to be seated or clearing papers from the dining table or washing it off before serving puts your guests at odds with feeling welcome – already they feel guilty for causing you extra work on their behalf.
- Clean and organised eliminates the stress caused by a chaotic environment.
- Putting things away saves time in looking for ‘lost’ items. “A place for everything and everything in its place.”
- Cleaning and keeping things clean often increases its useful life in addition to it looking nice during its life in your home or property.
- Being clutter free and organised saves time/money/health.
What are your tips for keeping your house, job, and life neat and tidy? What are your challenges?