My One Simple Rule for a Clean Home

When we moved into Casa de Impresionante I made it no secret that we would be keeping it clean and tidy every single day.  When you consider there is just one simple rule for a clean and tidy house it doesn’t seem difficult at all.

My One Simple Rule for a Clean House

It doesn’t take a lot of rules and a cleaning schedule to live in a mostly clean house every single day.  It just takes a concentrated effort from everyone living there.  We have one major rule that I totally insist everyone follows in my house.

My One Simple Rule for a Clean Home

Pick up after yourself.

It really is that simple.

What do I mean exactly, by clean up after yourself?  It’s not a whole lot, really.

After your shower  Zoe and I shed a lot of hair.  It is especially noticeable after a shower.  Our hair tends to stick to the shower.  It takes less than a minute to rinse it all down, and throw it away leaving the shower hair free for the next person.

After brushing your teeth.  Again, it takes less than a minute to rinse the sink out after brushing your teeth.  That means no toothpaste (or spit because ewwww gross) left in the sink, or on the faucet.

After changing clothes.  We all have laundry baskets in our closets so all of our dirty clothes go in there whenever we change clothes.  Zoe is old enough to do her own laundry, and with her own laundry basket, she’s responsible for it on her own.

After eating.  We make an effort to only run our dishwasher once a day, usually after dinner, or before we go to bed.  So after a meal, or a snack, dirty dishes go in the dishwasher.  Because we run it at night, every morning we start the day off with clean dishes and cleared counters.

When leaving the living room.   We all bring books, laptops, tablets, phones, things to the living room every day. Clean up after yourself means, when you are done with those things, you take them with you and put them away.  At the end of every day, everyone is responsible for any of their things left in the living room.  It takes as much effort to put it away as it took to get it out.  Taking things with us as we go to bed every night, means Sam and I can enjoy our morning coffee in a clean, clutter-free living room.

My One Simple Rule for a Clean House

By each one of us cleaning up after ourselves. that makes cleaning each room much easier.  It takes less time and effort to scrub each bathroom.   With everything picked up in the living room I have less things to move when I vacuum.  Putting dishes in the dishwasher after using them, means the kitchen is already mostly clean and wiping down the counters and sweeping the floor are so much easier. Because everyone is cleaning up after themselves, and responsible for their own rooms, it means I spend significantly less time on weekends scrubbing and vacuuming my house.

I can not express how satisfying it is to enjoy my morning coffee in a clutter-free living room.  I can enjoy my coffee without looking around at all the things that need to be done.

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About Becky

While control is an illusion, organization helps to manage the chaos of our lives. Becky was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2007. She has found that when her life and home are organized her bipolar mind is less manic. She shares her attempts at managing the chaos of living with her fiance and tweenage step-daughter, while trying to be a good parent to her mostly grown children who live 2 hours away.

26 comments to My One Simple Rule for a Clean House

  • So many simple things that we sometimes forget to do… I am a bit messy myself but you are right. This can help #happynowlinkup

    • Becky

      Even a little effort can make a huge difference. It takes the same amount of energy to put back what you got out. Thank you for stopping by!

  • What a great rule. I try to go by a similar rule I found in a magazine once: never leave a room without taking something that doesn’t belong in it. So something like a water bottle sitting on my desk will be taken upstairs to the kitchen once I’m done with it. It’s a really simple habit, but it’s definitely a big help! Thanks so much for sharing.

    • Becky

      They are very similar. Both take little to no effort, but the pay off (a mostly clean, clutter free home) is huge! Thank you for stopping by!!

  • I am an awful housekeeper, but I think even I could handle this one! Hopefully I can get my kids on board!

  • I live alone, but this is still a rule I need to follow! I’m bad to leave things laying around. Great advice!

  • That’s a great rule! Things are crazy here with a 17, 13, 7 and 1 year old. I feel like I’m picking up after everyone, including my husband. I too love having coffee in the morning before anyone else is up in a nice and tidy house. It’s a great feeling!

    • Becky

      Thank you!! Yes there is just something calming about starting my day drinking my coffee in a clutter free living room.

  • This is a great rule to have! It’s amazing how much faster I can get the house dusted and vacuumed if I don’t have to put a bunch of stuff away first!

    • Becky

      It takes just a small effort and makes a HUGE difference and makes the big cleaning jobs that much easier!!

  • Simple yet brilliant tip!! Can´t wait for my son to be old enough to get this one 😉

  • Juliet @ Bowl of Cherries

    This is so true! And they day I realized it my life actually got easier. Spending a little extra energy right in the moment to clean up saves so much effort later on to take on a messy house. Thank you for the reminder!

    • Becky

      It takes just a little effort in the moment and then the weekends mean we can go do things that are fun!!

  • Brilliant! My family is uniquely resistant to this idea, but I keep trying…

    • Becky

      I’m not sure they are uniquely resistant, my family has problems remembering this too! Hang in there!

  • Pick up after yourself. I’ll have to explain this concept to my husband. 🙂

    • Becky

      I have had to explain it to Sam and Zoe several times. Maybe it’s not that simple? LOL
      On a side note, my daughter’s name is Meredith, but we call her Muri.

  • Great rule! My husband is the worst at picking up after himself and it drives me crazy. I find myself picking up after him instead of doing whatever task I set out to do. Definitely sharing this post with him!

  • I need to work on this! It’s so simple, but can be difficult to get in the habit.

  • Four little words of wisdom that truly work! Why is it they can be so difficult! I enjoyed your post and the reminder to implement this every day. Now following you on social media!