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10 Simple Household Routines to Keep Your Home Clean and Clutter-Free

10 Simple Household Routines to Keep Your Home Clean and Clutter-Free

Keeping your home clean and tidy doesn’t have to be complicated or use up your precious time and energy. Check out this post for 10 simple household routines to keep your home clean and clutter-free, the easy and strategic way.


So often our homes can drain our energy and our time. We spend time cleaning, tidying and looking after them and it can seem like a never-ending cycle, especially when you have a busy family.

Yet, there are ways to make looking after your home so much easier with just a little bit of planning and some helpful routines and habits in place. This is what we’ll talk about in this article and hopefully help you create some simple household routines to keep your home clean and clutter-free!

I’m a great fan of breaking big projects down into little ones and managing the home certainly can fall into the big project category if you don’t do a little bit regularly to keep it clean and tidy.

As I was going around my own home, thinking about my own cleaning and household routines, I came up with a few ways to save myself time and energy. That’s time and energy I could be freeing up for much more fun things than washing and dusting!

So, here are my top 10 simple household routines to keep your home clean and clutter-free but still saving you time, energy and maybe even some stress.

1. Wash the dishes after you’ve used them

Get into the habit of washing the dishes, glasses and cutlery straightaway after eating.

It will take just a few minutes instead of piling it all up in the sink throughout the day for you to wash and put away in the evening. There are plenty of better ways you can be spending your evenings!

If you have a dishwasher then perhaps do what I do. Load it all up during the day after every meal. Switch it on to run after your last meal of the day so it’s finished by bedtime and unload it first thing in the morning.

Not only will it save you time but your kitchen will look much tidier without dirty plates in the sink!

2. Tidy up before each mealtime

Don’t let the toys build up on the floor or general stuff invade every room and stay there!

After the kids have played with the toys and before they move onto something else, make sure all the toys are put away. Same goes for you and anything you’ve been using too!

The easiest way to do this can be to grab a laundry basket before every meal time and walk around room to room.

Put everything in the basket that doesn’t belong in each particular room and return the items to where they should go.

Straighten the rugs, plump up the cushions and take any dirty dishes etc into the kitchen whilst you’re at it.

3. Clean up after every snack and meal

Here I don’t mean just doing the dishes after every meal! Take a few extra minutes to tidy away too, including:

  • Wipe down the kitchen surfaces whilst you’re cooking
  • Clean the table after you’ve eaten
  • Sweep or hoover under the table after each mealtime.

A few minutes spent like this can save you a lot of work later on!

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4. Do a little bit of housework each day

I prefer to do housework little and often, instead of a single long deep-clean session.

This is my plan:

  • I’ve worked out how many rooms are in my home, what needs to be cleaned in each of them and how often
  • I’ve made a rota to ensure each bit is cleaned as often as is necessary – daily, weekly, monthly, 6-monthly etc
  • I tackle a little bit each day, maybe 20 minutes or so (sometimes less!)

This means that my home never really gets the chance to become dirty. I’m not overwhelmed at the prospect of a day’s housework just to cut through the dust and grime. Visitors can arrive unannounced and I’m not embarrassed by how dirty my home is.

Better still, if I miss a day because I didn’t have time, wasn’t well enough or just had something more exciting to do, it doesn’t matter because the general level of cleanliness is good enough.

5. Delegate chores

Everyone in your home, including your kids, can do their bit to help you around the home.

It will save you time and it’s a good set of skills for your kids to learn and get used to helping with. Just make sure that the chores are age appropriate and you’re willing to relinquish some control!

Let them sort and fold their own clean clothes, for example, and put them away in the drawers. The folding might not be as perfect as yours, but they’ve got to start somewhere and it will get better with practice!

Check out my post on kids and chores for more ideas.

6. Check the bathroom whenever you walk past it!

Get into the habit of checking the bathroom regularly. It’s amazing how dirty the bathroom can get, particularly when there are little ones in the home! You can be sure there’ll be some drip or smear where there shouldn’t be one!

Every time you walk past the bathroom, give it a quick once-over. Wipe the surfaces with a baby wipe, pick up the towel from the floor and return the toilet roll to its holder!

This way the bathroom will always be presentable, without smears of toothpaste, soap and worse, should a guest arrive by surprise!

7. Laundry

Work out how often you need to do a load of laundry and get into a routine of doing this as regularly as your household requires.

I tend to put a wash on every couple of days. I also make sure that the basket of clean clothes is folded, ironed if necessary, and put away before I go to bed that night.

This way everyone has a fresh supply of clean clothes and the dirty laundry doesn’t build up.

8. Be vigilant for clutter

Clutter can creep into even the most simplified and minimalist home if you don’t remain on guard for it and do something about it! Don’t forget that clutter isn’t always obvious. It could be junk mail landing on your door mat, plastic wrapped around your food, sticks and stones your kids bring in from the garden.

Keep an eye out for clutter in your home and don’t hesitate to get rid of it if you don’t want it in your living space. Keep a box handy and put stuff in it that you want to declutter. As you move through your home, make a mental note of what you use and what seldom seems the light of day. If you don’t use something, it doesn’t serve a purpose, add value or you don’t appreciate it in some way, then perhaps it’s time to give it away!

Get some ideas with these 100 things to get rid of right now or these 20 daily habits for a clutter-free home.

9. Make your bed every day

Everyone in our home makes their bed each morning. As it’s part of their normal daily routine, even the kids don’t even grumble about it! 

It did take a while to get them into the routine of doing so and I can’t recall how many times I said ‘put the four corners of your duvet to the four corners of your bed’. Yet, the persistence paid off and they do it every day!

I always make my bed as it’s just part of the process of getting myself physically and mentally ready for the day.

It’s also surprising what a difference it can make to your room if your bed, at least, is neat and tidy!

10. Develop structured morning and evening routines

What you do first thing in the morning and last thing in the evening can really set the tone for your day and night. This includes what you do for yourself, but also what you do for your home.

These two routines will book-end your day. No matter how crazy and busy your day gets, you know that your mornings and evenings will give you what you need to stay centred and calm.

What you do with your mornings and evenings is up to you but if you want some ideas then check out the following posts:


These simple household routines will definitely save you time and energy whilst at the same time, keeping your home relatively clean and tidy.

However, although these routines are effective in themselves, there are 2 other points that it’s important to bear in mind…

  1. A clean and tidy home is easier if you have less stuff in it – It might be stating the obvious, but a clutter-free home has less stuff to move, clear away and tidy up. For some tips on how to tackle your clutter, check out this post on 20 ways to declutter your home.
  2. We’re not striving for perfection here – Your home is not a show home. It’s the hub of your family life and it’s a space that works hard for you. The only way it will ever be perfectly clean, is for you to either not live in it, or to spend your entire life cleaning. There’s so much more to life so clean enough will do! You might like this article on 15 ways to simplify your space for more quick tips to make your home easier to manage.

Brenda Nicholson

Saturday 15th of February 2020

I do much the same as you when it comes to cleaning and keeping up my home. The only thing I do differently is to set my dishwasher to run during the night while we are asleep. We get a lower rate on the water used at that time and they're still ready in the morning to unload.

Lynn Phillips

Sunday 29th of September 2019

Hi Antonia

I'm new to your blog and am enjoying reading it as I'm also in the position of simplifying my life and enjoying how to make some positive changes! I wondered if you knew that you can recycle old clothes, linen etc that maybe damaged or not fit to repair/ wear at H & M stores? It's better than ' throwing away into landfill.

They even use the dust from their clothing manufacture that is extracted and saved and put to use in seating padding. All textiles not fit for use are recycled in some way. Something good to know I think. Best wishes Lynn

Balance Through Simplicity

Monday 30th of September 2019

Hi Lynn, thank you for sharing this. I didn't know that so I'm glad you mentioned it! Best of luck with the simplifying!

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