Conquering the Clutter: Tidying Up

Tidying Up

How to Tidy Up at the End of the Day

The Quickest Way to Put Everything Back in It’s Place

I used to spend a lot of wasted time going back and forth through my house at the end of the day. As I would start in the living room and carry an armful of toys back to my kid’s room, then back to the living room for more stuff. I would go through each room in the house the same way, not realizing there was a much easier way to tidy up at the end of the day.


First off, I stopped doing everything myself and started getting my kids to help out around the house. After all, it was their toys that made most of the mess around the house and even my two-year-old learned very quickly how to pick up after herself. Now at the end of the day, before I pick up a single thing, my kids go through the house and pick up their things first.

Second, I stopped going back and forth through the rooms and made it a point to only touch each room once. This is what really cut back on the amount of time I spent tidying up at the end of the day. I couldn’t believe how much time I was spending on running back and forth!

How I spend Just 25 Minutes Tidying Up My Entire House

Now it only takes me about 25 minutes to tidy up at the end of the day and here’s how I do it:

  • Grab a laundry basket or a box and start in one room, we’ll say the living room. Throw anything that doesn’t belong in that room, into the laundry basket.
  • Grab your basket and move into the next room, let’s say the kitchen. Now go through your basket and put away anything that belongs in the kitchen.
  • Next, go around your kitchen and pick up anything that doesn’t belong and throw it into your basket. Move on to the next room.
  • Continue throughout your entire house in the same manner.

If you’d like help creating your ideal evening, I put together a special little video that walks you through the 7 steps to creating your ideal evening, as well as how to set yourself up for success the next day. You can find that video here:

Setting Up Your Evening Routine.


 If You Have Extra Time

If you’ve gone through the basket routine and you have extra time you’d like to invest in your home, here are a few more things you can do:

  • Pick up all paper that may be scattered around. Throw out what you don’t need and put what you do need on your desk or countertop to go through the next day.
  • Collect any trash around the house and throw it away.
  • Pick up any dirty clothes or towels that may be lying around and throw them in a hamper.
  • Load the dishwasher and run it. There’s nothing like waking up to an empty sink and clean dishes!
  • Tidy up any other surface areas, don’t worry about what you can’t see behind cabinet doors and drawers. Tidying up does not mean deep cleaning or organizing so save that for another day.



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