Good Habits for a Clean Home


The difference between a home that is usually picked up and one that is usually messy is often just the habits of the owners. Create better habits and you could have a cleaner home. Some good habits to implement:

  • Leave a room neater than when you got there. Before you leave a room, do a quick scan. Grab the plate and cup you brought in. Then pick up the other cup on the table.
  • Put things away even when you are in a hurry. I used to run out the door and leave everything out on the bathroom sink. Now I always put everything away before I leave. I start getting ready a few minutes earlier.
  • Do a 10 minute tidy with your family in the evening. Have all the family members pick up their stuff from throughout the house.
  • Do things right away. Fold laundry right away so it is less wrinkled. Do dishes right after dinner so they aren’t crusty. Sew on the button before it gets lost.
  • Do errands on one day instead of every time you run out of something. Think how much less you will be stuck in the car. Keep a running list of things to buy.
  • Keep up with laundry and dishes.
  • Sort through papers and email daily.
  • Put jewelry back into the jewelry box every night. I am working on this one right now. I have a little stash of jewelry next to the jewelry box that has become annoying.
  • Pick it up as you go. Put away projects when you are done. Clear off the desk when you are done with work. Put away food when you are cooking.

Which of these habits would make the biggest difference in your home? You can start practicing your habit right away!



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  • Pattie says:

    Such simple actions but so very effective. I do most of these always and some now and then. I think I will begin to keep this list in mind. Hopefully it will make my day go smoother. Thanks for the hints.

  • Deb says:

    This is a good plan especially when you have company come, and you’ve cleaned the house for their visit, yet two days later you will have more company come in. If we keep things picked up after the first set of guests leave, then the house will still basically be clean for the second set of guests. This is happening in my home right now. We just had a Valentine’s Luncheon on Thursday, and more company is due to arrive on Sunday. I’m already telling everyone, “Keep the house clean!! And we won’t have to re-clean!!” 🙂 Thanks for your tips!

  • Jerri says:

    This is a great list. I’ve been working on doing some of these very things myself. The toughest is probably the bathroom because it always seems to easy to leave out the things you use every day, but I’m getting in the habit. The jewelry’s a tough one too!

  • Beth says:

    Thanks Pattie! You are probably already more organized than I am 🙂

    Deb – you are so right. I hope you had less cleaning and enjoyed your company.

    Jerri – but if you keep it up it will become second nature. I never thought it would for me – and then it did!

  • Fiona says:

    Whenever I check out Beth’s Blog, I always come away feeling inspired, ….and positive!
    Simplify is the keyword in this post about Good Habits for a Clean Home. Thanks so much Beth for this useful list.

  • Beth says:

    That is so sweet Fiona – and that’s exactly how I want people to feel.

  • Maree says:

    Thanks Beth, it is a great reminder to me. For many, many years I struggled with housework and tried to find ways to have a tidy house and not do much!
    One day the light bulb in my head came on and I thought it is soooo simple – pick up as you go.

  • Shelley says:

    Always leaving a room a little better than when I entered it is one that has made a huge difference to me. Thanks for your tips, always enjoy them.

  • Beth says:

    I love your articles. Such good ideas.

    Mine are 11 yr son and 13 yr daughter.
    Same issues I am sure asost parents.

    One BIG issue is packing lunches. They pack junk. I packed them for awhile but feel they ate old enough. They say they’ve packed a lunch (night before) and come to find out they haven’t
    We work full time, I go to school once a week and am very irritated. Our home is very stressful because of these issues.

  • What a fantastic article. Enjoyed reading all the tips.
    I struggled when my kids were home [they are married and gone now]., I wish I would have followed
    these tips then.. It seems so simple now… Just pick up as you go, and never go to bed, before doing
    the pickup.. Sure makes the next morning so much nicer.. ha
    I also try to make a point of keeping a list of Need to do things.. If you take your bigger cleaning jobs
    and break them down into a job a day or every other day,etc…it sure is better than trying to let it all
    pile up and have a mountain of work to do in one day..
    thanks for sharing.

  • Zita says:

    Great list! I usually keep the house clean, but each time I’m in hurry, I leave some mess. I leave the dishes in the sink, or the clothes draped over the bed, or even the shoes scattered across the hallway. Having a good plan like yours will help me be more organized in my cleaning process.Thank you for the good idea!

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