6 Secrets to Keeping a Clean (Enough) Home

I used to think that if I was going to be a stay-at-home mom, then I’d better have a super clean home to show for it.

That was 15 years ago.  At forty-five, I know better.  So, today I offer you a simple routine for keeping a clean home, or at least clean enough.


I’ve chosen these particular tasks for their mood lifting and fake out abilities. 

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Make Your Bed

When you get up for the day, pull your bedding back to let your sheets air out.   In the meantime, take the time to change out of your pajamas and get dressed from head to toe.   You can look pulled together with very little effort, and you’ll feel more productive.

Once you’re dressed, take five minutes to make your bed.  That alone makes your bedroom feel like the restful retreat that it is meant to be.  And, it’s so much more inviting to climb into a made bed at the end of a long day.

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“Clean” the Bathroom

Pick up dirty laundry, put away anything left out on the counter, and wipe down the sink and mirror.   

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1 load of laundry

Nothing makes me feel like a happy homemaker more than hearing the swishing of the washing machine.  Doing just one load a day makes doing laundry more manageable.

And that’s your morning.  The house feels clean, you look good, and you’ve got the whole day ahead of you!

Now for the evening.

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Clear Surfaces from all Clutter

I prefer to do this at night before we go to bed so that I wake up to a clean slate the next day.  It only takes a few minutes, especially if everyone in the family is responsible for putting away their belongings and messes.

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Clean the Kitchen

After dinner, wipe down the kitchen counters, sweep the floor and empty the sink of all dishes.  If the kids are old enough, have them help.

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Fluff the Throw Pillows and Blankets

As you walk through the living room on your way to bed, put all of the throw pillows and blankets back in place, giving the pillows a little fluff.   If there are kid toys strewn about, have the children put them away before their bedtime.  Now the room is fresh and ready for a new day.

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Is the house super clean? No.  But this simple routine leaves me feeling accomplished at the end of the day.  That counts for something.    

And for those that feel like screaming at the computer or serving her poo poo pie ( think The Help) when you see all the beautiful, spotless homes online and in magazines, this post from Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust is a must read.



See you in class,


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  1. These are great tips, Sharon. I do some of these, but not all. My biggest weakness is the kitchen. Going to work on it!

  2. Luv the tips Sharon. I am a stickler for a tidy home. 20 years ago I left teaching to be a stay at home mom. The baby is 20 🙂 and I am still here. Now I am a stay at home painter and after school (sometimes) grandmother to our dear Bella.
    Like you I put my feet on the floor and start to move for the day… getting dressed then making the bed. Then coffee and the rest of the home. The last thing I do at night is pull things back together so in the morning we do not face chaos.
    Must have calm!
    Hugs, Gee

  3. Sharon, like your tips. I have been staying home since I got diagnosed 20 some year ago. I have to say the first thing I do is make the bed and take care of the pups and then make sure the kitchen and the bathroom is clean everyday. I then take it from there and clean as I go. I try and do something everyday and in the new house it will be so much better being on one floor!!


  4. Great tips, Sharon! If I don’t make the bed, get dressed and ready and put in a load of laundry first thing in the morning, my day just feels more chaotic all day long. But if I get these few things done, I feel like I’m off to a productive start.

  5. I couldn’t agree more, Susan…of course it’s 2:45 p.m. and I’m still in my underwear. 🙂 I blame it on ADD.

  6. I like your plan to “take it from there” that’s a good way to put it. Can’t wait for you to be in your new house!! I know you’re excited.

  7. LOL! We’re two peas in a pod, Gee. ….my baby is 15 and I’m still here… I actually went back to the classroom for a while there, but am home again and couldn’t be happier about that. I think not facing chaos in the morning is key to a good day.

  8. The kitchen is my biggest weakness, too Angie. We left dishes in the sink last night. 🙁

  9. Great tips!!! But it sounds just like Flylady! Get dressed to lace up shoes is one of her mottos, make the bed, do the bathroom swish and swipe, and she has weekly and daily routines for each room. Read your blog for the first time today and truly enjoyed it – even though I’m a working wife that’s 60 yrs. old, I still struggle to keep my house presentable. Will be visiting this site more often.

  10. Wonderful tips Sharon….most of which I do as well. Thank you, tho for saying “clean enough”! When I was younger, I prided myself on keeping a clean home but as I’ve gotten older, I’m settling for “clean enough”! ~~Ang

  11. Welcome Sally! I’ve heard of Flylady but don’t read her blog. Sounds like I should.

  12. You and me both!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Great article Sharon & thanks so much for the shout-out!

    Warmly, Michelle
    Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust

  14. I loved your post, Michelle…had to share it!

  15. Except for the laundry I doing good on these! Takes 15 minutes each day for me, of course, except for that laundry! Thank you Sharon! ~Jeanette

  16. Taking some time for you is very important! I try to do that too.

  17. Great tips, thanks! I have to have my house tidy before I leave it too, I don’t like coming home after a long day to do more work.

  18. Agree – and on the nights when I’m not falling asleep on the sofa – I definitely (try) to do this! And I can’t live with an unmade bed – the rest of the room can be in complete chaos but if the bed is made I feel better!

  19. me too, Kelly…a made bed covers a multitude of sins!

  20. I feel the same way..it’s so much more pleasant to come home to a tidy home instead of seeing a “to-do” list when you walk in the door. But I had a much harder time keeping up when I was still teaching. I think it was more of a time management issue than anything else.

  21. Great advice! I always make my bed for exactly the reasons you noted above. There’s just something about a made bed that makes it all seem straight and clean.

  22. indeed!

  23. Great tips, Sharon! I think it takes me 20 minutes to finally get to bed after I walk around the house straightening things up and fluffing pillows. 😉


  24. Wonderful tips, Sharon. Thanks so much for sharing them.

  25. Me too..sometimes I get distracted and start decorating…and then I end up staying up all night. 🙂

  26. Anytime..these are my favorite kinds of tips to share.

  27. Totally agree, great tips, and I do all of them! 🙂

  28. Great ideas… I really do need to create an “everyday cleaning routine” and this is definitely manageable.

  29. Maryann, this has been so manageable. I feel like it sets me up for success and I feel so productive at the end of the day.

  30. Awesome tips!! 🙂

  31. They’re awesome if they work and so far so good! 😉

  32. Dynamite tips! I use them too… it’s amazing how spending a couple of minutes making the bed or picking up after yourself can do wonders for how the house looks!

  33. Thank you, Jen. It makes all the difference, doesn’t it.

  34. Great tips, Sharon. Thank you for sharing these. laurie

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