Jan 162018
How To Tidy Your Home Daily

Working from home sounds like a dream come true for some, but it can also lead to a messy home. 

On most days, I try to tidy up while the boys are busy watching one of their favorite shows. However, this doesn’t always happen. There are times when I have to clean the first floor while they’re busy on the second, and vice versa. With little ones, you can’t predict which floor will remain tidy by the end of the day.

The truth is, my home isn’t always organized, but I try my best to tidy things up at least once or twice a week. Picking toys up from the floor has become a challenge. I stepped on a car the other day and slipped on the floor. Thankfully, my hand broke the fall and I was able to protect my belly.

After weeks of complaining about the number of toys we have throughout our home, I finally found a solution. One of my aunts suggested bagging a good chunk of the ones the boys don’t use often and putting them away. My goal is to give them away after a month of them not asking for them. So far, I’ve filled four trash bags of their toys and placed them in our closet. The toys our kids use often are organized in their playroom for easy access, with a small portion in their room.

Goodbye Mess, Goodbye Stress
Although our two-story home has three bedrooms, we spend the majority of our time in our master bedroom. The kids and pups sleep with us in the same room. The boys even use our bathroom to bathe. This also means they have a tendency to bring all their things to our bedroom.

After a week of having our master bedroom look like a toy bomb had exploded, I decided to take my aunt’s advice and bag up the toys. I used a broom to reach underneath our bed. There were Hot Wheels cars and LEGO pieces everywhere. Bending down to reach for them was a struggle, but the end result was worth it.

Below are 4 tips on how we’ve managed to maintain our home — most importantly our bedroom — tidy during the week:

1.  Bag it up.
I mentioned it before, but it definitely helps to put away items you no longer use and stack them up for when you have some time to head over to a local Goodwill and drop off the bags. I’ve always used the bag-it method with clothes we no longer use, but I’ve never thought to do it with toys. More so since my husband isn’t a fan of giving away our kids’ toys.

2. Find a place for it.
Finding the right place for something can really help make your home look a lot more organized. For instance, books on a bookshelf or shoes in the closet. We often end up with a pile of shoes next to the door by the end of the day. This can make your home look messy to those who enter your home — even for you!

3. Stage useful items.
I love making things accessible throughout my home, more so for when we have guests staying over. We always have towels out and other necessary items for our visitors to use. It helps those who come over feel welcomed.

4. Clean up as you go.
To help avoid large messes, clean up whatever you’re no longer using. This is something we’ve been practicing with our little ones. They’ve been extra helpful in the tub with scrubbing the tub and picking up their toys before coming out.

How do you tidy up your home throughout the day?

Fatima Torres

What's life like with three kids and two pups? It's entertaining, that's for sure! MTME breaks down family fun ideas and shares personal insights from a former B2B editor and digital marketer turned mom running a business and a household -- all under one roof. With her husband as her #1 fan, there isn't anything she can't accomplish. Read on to learn how she breathes in fire and exhales success.

Reader Comments

  1. I need to start doing these! I do try to always clean as I go, but sometimes I do get behind. I’m also working on decluttering.

  2. These are the great tips for keep our home tidy and well organized. Find the right place for every things is a best idea. This will make peoples also organized.

  3. Great tips! We donated lots of toys at the end of the year. As far as shoes, we have a basket for our girls’ shoes in the entryway. In our entryway closet, I have a shoe rack for my husband’s and my shoes we use for the season. The rest of our shoes are in our bedroom closet.

  4. Cleaning as you go is a great one. We try to do a 10 minute sweep before we go to bed each night so the house is clean when we wake up. It’s nice to wake up to a clean house.

  5. I have not heard of putting the toys in a bag and giving them away. I have heard of rotatingredients the unused toys back into play. My kids have a lot of toys and don’t play with all of them and wouldn’t ask for them but when I bring stuff out from the bottom of the toy box they play with it eagerly.

  6. I need to follow this advice and bag it up, there are toys everywhere and it’s driving me nuts so I guess I will have to do just that and get rid of the not so used ones anymore.

  7. Seems like keeping things tidy is a never ending battle. Your tips were very practical and simple to put to good use. Thanks for the reminder to bag up our unwanted items for donation!

  8. I love the idea of cleaning up as you go. The way I see it, the more you clean at a consistent rate, the easier it’ll be when you decide to go for those big clean-up days (like Spring cleaning).

  9. Clutter around the house is something we face a lot., especially with kids around. Bagging is something we do on a regular basis to ensure there is some semblance of order.

  10. I’ve always been a clean as you go kind of person. It keeps the house clean and organized. I tend to declutter areas at least twice a week, Its basically just keeping on top of it befoe it becomes overwelming, clean small not big LOL

  11. I scrubbed my house today and I’m exhausted. If I used your tips such as bagging stuff up and cleaning as I go, I wouldn’t be in this predicament. From now on, I’m going to embrace my home differently so I don’t have to do a major clean.

  12. Love the tips. I do something similar, but as for picking up every day. I have my kids help with that and it makes it super easy and takes away the stress.

  13. We try the clean up as you go method. But my 3 year old niece stays with us the whole day so all her toys are always on the floor, sofa, stairs. Thanks for tips!

  14. I live in a house of collectors this makes it hard at times to keep it all tidy. Your tips sound worthwhile and I believe I will put them to use thanks for sharing

  15. What awesome tips. our house is always immaculate because we don’t have kids. But one of my fave tips is the 50 hanger method. I bought 50 lovely hangers from Amazon and that is the total number of items I can have in my closet. I buy pieces that can mix and match and make up a capsule collection. If I want a new piece I have to give a piece to charity. It feels so good.

  16. My niece knows all of her toys so we always need to ask her first if it is okay to give or throw something away. Most often she agrees. It’s really not easy to be organized with a toddler.

  17. This past weekend we were super lazy. We did run to a few activities for my daughter, but otherwise we just watched TV and did nothing. Sounds nice… but our house needed attention! After a weekend of laziness we actually felt miserable. It’s amazing how a messy house can make us feel blue. Learned my lesson! Clean house first and then relax. Otherwise, we don’t enjoy the relaxation as much anyways.

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