14 Cleaning Tips to Keep Your House Spotless Even with Kids!

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Use these simple cleaning tips and tricks to make your house stay spotless.

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Feeling a bit cluttered lately?

By following these simple cleaning tips and tricks, you can easily keep your home spotless every day. Best of all, each one is even obtainable with kiddos!

We get it. Keeping your home clean can definitely be a struggle between kids, work, errands, LIFE, and a thousand other things in the mix! It’s no easy task and sometimes we just don’t know where to start. That’s why we’re here to help!

In fact, we can walk you through week-by-week areas in your home to clean with our 4-Week Declutter Challenge! 🙌🏻

Check out these organizing tips to keep your home spotless:

1. The number one organizing tip is to give every item in your house a home.

small toys puzzles and blocks in small seagrass baskets with handles

When everything in your home has a dedicated place picking up and putting things away becomes much clearer. If something doesn’t have a home, find one, or consider donating it to limit how often you’re shuffling it around. Plus, your home will look so much cleaner and more organized.

“I have cute little boxes & baskets for everything. For papers on my desk, for my recycling, for specific items in my fridge, etc. It really helps to contain any clutter.” – Jessica C.

2. Sweep or vacuum your hard floors every day, especially after meals.

white kitchen cabinets with bold black round rattan barstools

No matter what type of tile or hardwood floor you’re cleaning, sweep these eating areas every day, especially after meals. Move out those kitchen stools, clean up the crumbs, and throw the mess in the garbage. This will also help keep bugs out of your home.

Our Hip reader, Mandy, is a fan of this cleaning tip:

“I love using my microfiber mop after we finish eating dinner. We tend to eat at our kitchen counter often, and the kids always spill food on the floor. After I’m done cleaning everything and wiping counters, I do a quick run around the floors with my broom, and the microfiber picks up everything.” – Mandy

3. Make your bed in the morning for master bedroom goals & peace of mind.

bedroom decorated in neutral tones

Even if you don’t clean your bed as often as you should, making it when you wake up will have a positive effect on your mood. By simply making your bed, your room will also look much cleaner and put together.

boys room with roman shades gaming chairs and matching white and black beds

It’s never too early to get into this routine either so get the kids involved in the bed-making department. They’ll have something to be proud of and it’s a great way to start their day.

My Hip teammate, Lina, loves starting her morning with a neat bedroom:

“I make my bed pretty much as soon as I get up, and I love how it looks for the rest of the day. Even something small like that makes a difference in the rest of my day and makes our room inviting (even if the rest of the house is messy).” – Lina

Hip Tip: In the market for some fresh linens? Our entire team loved these affordable sheets on Amazon.

4. Wipe down all of your appliances regularly. 

hand washing fridge hand prints with blue towel

Sparkly clean kitchen appliances make your whole space shine and stainless steel appliances can get dirty fast. Especially if you have kiddos constantly rummaging through them. 🤪 Grab our favorite stainless steel cleaner, a microfiber cloth, and wipe it down.

Better yet, Lina shared a super frugal and reusable trick to really make your appliances shine again and again!

5. Grab your laundry basket and do a load of laundry every day.

dark blue colored laundry room appliances with cabinets

One load of laundry a day will keep the piles away. 😂 This is especially important for people with kids since laundry literally piles up overnight. Having a laundry system where you can do at least one load a day will make the task seem less daunting when it’s time to fold and put away. Plus, it keeps your hampers and laundry room tidier too.

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My Hip teammate, Jessica, uses this cleaning tip to keep up with laundry and enjoy some downtime! One of my favorite house cleaning tips yet, thanks, Jessica! 👏🏻

“I do laundry every night because that’s the time I get to watch TV and fold. I love it!” – Jessica

Hip Tip: Ever heard of laundry stripping? It’s pretty game-changing. 😏 Make sure to also scoop up this cheap stain-removing bar if stained clothes are a constant struggle – it gets everything out.

6. Clean all of the dishes after every meal.

dirty dishes before

Whether you eat three meals at home or just one at night, it’s important to clean up after every meal. The kitchen is the heart of the home and nothing will bring you down quite like a full sink of dirty dishes.

clean sink after

Ahh! Don’t you feel better already looking at this before and after?! 🤩 My Hip sidekick, Bryn, uses this cleaning tip to keep her kitchen in tip-top shape:

“I do my dishes right away. Dirty dishes go right from the sink into the dishwasher, so my sink is always clean. I always run my dishwasher at night and empty it first thing in the morning. – Bryn

Hip Tip: Our team loves this innovative sponge for all types of jobs and this foldable drying rack. Fair warning…it will quickly become your favorite most versatile item in your kitchen. 😉

7. Organize, clean, and put things back where you got them.

girl taking food storage organizer out of pantry

Have you ever grabbed something from the pantry and were too lazy to put it back? While we’re all guilty of it, this habit creates clutter so make sure to put things back in their dedicated places when you’re done with them. (Hence my number one cleaning tip above.) If my kiddos can do it, you can too!

Hip Tip: Did you see my pantry reveal using all Walmart containers?! 😍 There are many more organizing tips to read on my pantry post too.

8. Don’t forget to pick up random items before you go to bed.

tempo move in living room

Simply fluffing up your pillows, putting throw blankets where they belong, and picking up miscellaneous items like toys will make such a huge impact on how picked-up a room looks. By doing this before bed, you’ll wake up less stressed.

“Every night, after I put the kids to bed, I wipe down counters, put random toys in baskets, fluff pillows, and place throw blankets where they normally go. I wake up feeling so at peace with a fresh, clean home.” – Sara

9. Implement the “one thing out, one thing back rule”.

pink purple bean bag chair filled with various stuffed animals

This goes for you and the kids and eventually, everyone will get on board with repetition and consistency. It’s as simple as putting something back before you get something else out. While it may take kids a bit longer to get used to this system, stay consistent with this useful cleaning tip so your entire house doesn’t end up becoming cluttered and messy.

Hip Tip: These bean bag stuffed toy storage solutions make cleaning up way more fun for kids and they’re functional too.

10. Perform light cleaning services around the house when necessary.

bathroom double vanity with navy blue cabinets and white countertops with flowers

Some people tackle deep cleaning every other week, some just once a month, some maybe even longer than that. 😂 What about all that time in between cleanings? If you notice a dirty bathroom vanity, mirror, kitchen sink, etc., take the time to wipe it up or clean it quickly and move on with your day. You’ll also find that deep cleanings become a lot easier (and quicker), too.

“I like to keep cleaning wipes in the bathroom sink cabinet. When I get out of the shower and I’m waiting for my lotion to not feel so sticky, I can do a quick wipe down to help keep the sink countertop clear between deep cleanings.” – Emily

Hip Tip: Make the switch to Swedish dishcloths if you’re using way too many wipes or paper towels. They’re eco-friendly, will save you money, and are one of our favorite reusable products EVER.

11. Let the kids double-check each other.

kids bedroom with loft bed and swing

This awesome cleaning tip came from one of our Hip readers! They said:

“The best organizing and cleaning tip of all is when you assign the kids to inspect each other’s work. LOL! They’re way harsher than I would ever be. 🤣 The little ones love being able to tell the big ones ‘you missed a spot!'”

It takes the pressure off of you to check behind the kids, and it holds them accountable for keeping their own spaces clean. 🙌

12. Sometimes, you just have to get rid of stuff.

messy makeup station

Despite the tons of great organizing tips and house cleaning tips, there are out there, sometimes the only way to truly tidy up is by getting rid of the junk that’s collected over the years.

Extra items build up easily, but there are likely plenty of things you can live without. Luckily, we have a few tips for taking care of the clutter:

  • Host a yard sale. Ask neighbors if they want to join, don’t forget to check and see if you need a permit.
  • Clear out old, unused electronics. By recycling or reselling electronics, you’ll be freeing up space in your home for the ones you actually use and you’ll likely make some cash too!
  • Donate items or sell them for cash on Facebook Marketplace.
  • Check-in with friends and family. If you’re looking for a quick and reliable way to get rid of perfectly good items, ask around to see if anyone you know needs them first. This will also save you the hassle of trying to sell them.

13. Give everyone in the house a chore.

hand holding a white paper with bingo cleaning game on it

There’s no household where one person can do it all! So if you have a roommate, significant other, or kiddos old enough to chip in, assign everyone a daily or weekly chore to keep up with. This will limit the number of tasks for you and you’re likely to find you’re all spending more quality time doing the things you love.

Hip Tip: Make cleaning even more fun for kiddos and download our free chore bingo printable.

14. Shut the door on the mess, literally!

messy family room

No matter how many house cleaning tips we share, some days our messes get the best of us or it’s simply not feasible with the current stage of life you may be in.

Give yourself some grace – you’re not alone! When this happens, shut the doors and go take a nap, a bath, or get some fresh air with your family!

Out of sight, out of mind. 😉

The last thing we need is to feel stressed about a messy house on top of all the other responsibilities we have on a daily basis. Instead of comparing yourself to others, remember there’s no such thing as perfection. 🤗

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About the writer:

Sara is a self-taught blogger and photographer with 8+ years of experience having work featured in various building, travel, and fashion publications, most notably Bassett Furniture and Fossil.

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Comments 27

  1. Sherry

    You forgot to give EVERYONE who lives in the house a job they are responsible for. A friend of mine raised a large family she had a job jar and everyone drew a job out that they were responsible for. (Even the daughter’s boyfriend that was invited to dinner) It teaches life skills. Our kids are grown now my husband and I split the rooms to clean. I clean the living room, bedrooms and downstairs bathroom. He cleans the kitchen, garage and upstairs bathroom. It works well and I don’t feel taken for granted or under appreciated.

    • Marinova

      Yup! This is how my house stays clean! Nobody gets to live here for “free”! Everyone is expected to to chores and they know they won’t be paid for them! Chores start at age 2 and they get inspected for quality. The best is when you assign the kids to inspect each other’s work, they’re way harsher than I would ever be 😂 the little ones love being able to tell the big ones “you missed a spot!” 😂

      • RJ

        I love that the kids inspect each other’s work! They’re not scared to tell the truth.

  2. CCC_74

    12. Send the kids outside as soon as they wakeup & don’t them back in until dark. 😆😆

    • Kaylee


    • Carrie

      This IS what my mom used to do! 🤣🤣We drank water out of the water spigot and were only let in to use the bathroom. We learned how to occupy ourselves and play together! We lived on a farm and always found things to do/play outside.

  3. Sue

    Yeah, dream on lol. 6 kids, I sweep my kitchen floor 5x a day and it’s still a mess, my kids are told 100x a day to eat at the table. Never do lol. Crumbs, bowls all over. Had to put a key lock on the pantry and a bike lock on the fridge. My Mom came over last night lol thank God for grandmothers the house was straight when she came over. I’m not scary enough and the kids know she is my boss lol. I do all this stuff and more all day long, I do like we have 4 acres, that we can just send the kids out in. It’s rough a 6 month long school break is crazy, fun, and hard work. I love it.

  4. LChapman

    Great post! Thanks so much for all of your awesome tips! 👍👍

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      You’re so welcome! Glad you enjoyed the list!

  5. Errrr

    GORGEOUS house!!!!!!

  6. JMonte509

    I feel you. My oldest girls are 11 months apart so I had both in diapers and finished breast feeding one just to start with another. At one point on time I was lucky just to sleep. It will get better. Now that they’re older…. I’m like a drill sergeant. I have four kids and I’m a grandma now so I have to be. Hang in there and stay safe

  7. Nancy

    To new mom Christine- The best and hardest advice I got as a new mother was to let go of the housekeeping as much as you possibly can when they’re little. You will have plenty of time when they are older to try to have a perfectly tidy house. It was hard for me to do this because I really feel guilty and out of sorts if my house is too messy. But honestly, just taking time to be with those littles and to get some rest when you can is what will really matter when all is said and done. ❤️

    • Stacy F (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Great advice, Nancy! As a mom of five, I totally agree. Just let it go during that stage. Do what you can when you can, and don’t stress about it. Take help when it is offered. If someone asks how can I help you.. tell them. They’ll feel great about helping you (even if it’s just loading the washer or taking care of the dishes), and you’ll have one less thing weighing on you.

  8. pdxsongwriter

    This post was inspiring. Just what I needed today. Thanks!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Oh awesome! SO glad the post was helpful! You’re very welcome!

  9. tipaye

    I have 2 older teen daughters who both work and go to school. We each pay $75 a month to have our home deep cleaned bi-weekly. Time is money, we’d rather all chip-in and spend time together. Some things just aren’t worth the hassle, though I can understand this isn’t feasible for some ❤️

    • Irene (Hip Sidekick)

      What a great plan you and your daughters have devised. Great idea, tipaye!

  10. lisamariegouge-leaman

    Thank you for the inspiration 😀. I like the others that chimed in about the chore jar and letting housework go when they are little.

  11. iamkris10

    “Lullabye, rockaby lullabye loo. But children grow up as I’ve learned to my sorrow. So quiet down cobwebs; Dust go to sleep! I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep”

  12. Ali

    There’s a great quote from Phyllis Diller…”Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the sidewalk before it stops snowing”. That is so true! We have to stop putting so much pressure on ourselves to have everything look a certain way. I grew up in a squeaky clean house, and as great as that was, all of my childhood memories are of my mom cleaning and not of her spending quality time with us. I don’t want my kids to have the same experience, so we make chores a family activity and have learned to live with a laundry mountain sometimes! Life is short, keep your priorities straight 🙂

  13. vivienne

    I blast music and turn on the mini strobe light and my kids (14,12,9) find cleaning the house not so dreadful but kinda fun.

  14. Mollie

    How old do each of you feel like a child is old enough to pick up after themselves? One of our kids have four children 11, seven, soon to be 4, and their mom and dad say they are too young to learn how to pick up after themselves. So the two oldest boys have to do all of the twins cleaning and their own cleaning.

    • Nikki

      Three is plenty old! I think even a one-year-old can simply put at least a few toys in a basket. My young kids know that before they watch a movie in the late afternoon, the downstairs needs to be picked up. It gives them motivation and has turned into an automatic habit.

    • Eva

      I once read that if a child has the ability to take a toy out, then they have the ability to put it back. That ability starts at a very young age (maybe 1 1/2 – 2 years old) so this really put things in perspective for me and I made sure all 5 of my kids cleaned up after themselves. Another rule I instituted when they were a little older was that if they leave their toys out in public areas (like the living room or yard or in a shared bedroom), they become “public property” and their other siblings could play with them. This worked especially well with the toys they loved.

  15. jenlightyear14

    #2 is such a struggle for me with all the hardwood floors. Every room is hardwood. My 1 & 8 yr old are messy eaters, and with a dog that sheds like crazy, it’s hard to keep them clean. I can’t do it every day🥲 But I do like 10 of these things on the list. 👍And it helps!

  16. Kay

    My husband and I r both neat freaks. We have 4 kids 9, 6, 2 and infant. Thanks for the reminders that chores can wait. I’m that mom that spends too much time cleaning and organizing and not enough time doing fun things with the kids. I luv all the tips shared by H2S including the last one. I luv how u look at this from all angles.

  17. ahipster

    I feel that if you at least keep up with a few daily chores like making the bed, do a load of laundry, keeping the floors free of items, vacuuming and wiping down counters and sinks, then the home doesn’t get so far gone that you can’t keep up. My kids grew up this way because I set an example and I think it makes life much easier.

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