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

woman cleaning counters with granite spray

Need some tips & tricks for keeping your home in top shape?

Between kids, work, errands, and a thousand other things, keeping the house clean can definitely be a struggle! It’s no easy task and sometimes we just don’t know where to start. 😅

And while not everyone can have a house so clean that it would make even Marie Kondo jealous, these cleaning tips and tricks will ease you on your way to a spotless house in no time! Talk about serious home goals. 🙌

1. Toy organization is key – give every item in your house a home.

small toys puzzles and blocks in small seagrass baskets with handles

If everything in your home has a dedicated place where it’s organized and can be easily cleaned up and put away (preferably out of sight), your home will look so much cleaner and more organized.

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“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.

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2. Sweep your hard floors every day.

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

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

bedroom with nightstand and pillows on bed

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 look so much cleaner and put together.

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

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4. Use a stainless steel cleaner and wipe down all of your appliances.

hand washing fridge hand prints with blue towel

Stainless steel appliances can get really dirty – especially when the kids constantly rummage through them for their 100th snack of the day. 🤪 Grab some cleaner and a towel and wipe it down. Sparkly clean kitchen appliances make your whole space shine.

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.

My Hip teammate, Jessica, uses this cleaning tip to keep up with laundry and enjoy some downtime!

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

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6. Clean all of the dishes after every meal.

hand washing a clear glass cup with running sink water

Whether you eat three meals at home or just one at night, it’s important to clean up after each meal to keep your kitchen spotless after it’s used. We love using this innovative sponge for all types of jobs and to keep it out of sight, you might want to scoop up this versatile (& super cheap) sponge holder, too.

We’re also big fans of this foldable drying rack which is easy to store away – and also this clean and dirty sign that lets you know when it’s time to unload the dishwasher!

My Hip teammate, Bryn, uses this tip to keep her kitchen clean & organized:

“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. I also have a bottle of Mrs. Meyer’s countertop spray right next to my sink, so I can easily wipe down my counters several times per day.” – Bryn

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

hand pulling clear container of powdered sugar off pantry shelf

Have you ever grabbed something from the pantry and were too lazy to put it back… so it sat on the counter for a few days instead? While we’re all guilty of it, this habit creates clutter. Put things back in their dedicated places when you’re done with them.

Hip Tip: Want to make your own pretty labels like Lina? Check out her Rae Dunn-inspired containers to DIY your own. If you’re getting your spices in order too, we shared an easy tutorial for how to made some spice labels.

8. Pick up around your living room furniture before you go to bed.

living room with grey sectional couch

Simply fluffing up your pillows and folding (and putting) throw blankets where they belong make such a huge impact on how picked-up a room looks. Pick up anything that’s on the floor such as kid or pet toys. You’ll go to bed less stressed and you’ll feel good about waking up to a neat, clean house.

“Every night, after I put the kids to bed, I grab my large decorative basket, throw all the kids toys in it, and put it in the corner. Then I fluff up our couch pillows and place throw blankets where they normally go. I wake up feeling refreshed by my clean living area.” – 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. If you take something out, put it back before you move onto something else. 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.

This clever beanbag to store toys will make cleaning up way more fun, too.

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

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

Most people tackle deep cleaning every other week (or some, just once a month). 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 bathroom cleaning supplies & paper towels 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 grab the countertop spray, spritz it on the counter, and do a quick wipe down to help keep it clean between deep cleanings.” – Emily

Hip Tip: If you find yourself using too many paper towels, consider trying out Lina’s favorite replacement – they’ve quickly become a team and reader favorite around here, too!

11. Let the kids double-check each other.

Messy room

This awesome cleaning tip came from one of our Hip readers! They said, “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!'”

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, we gotta just get rid of stuff!

messy makeup station

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

It’s so easy for our extra items to build up, and next thing we know, we’ve got boxes and closets full of things we could probably live without. And some of them are hard to get rid of!

Luckily, we have a few tips for taking care of the clutter:

You can also see if any friends or family need some of your items before you get rid of ’em!

13. Shut the door on the mess, literally!

girls closet cluttered with boxes, shoes, clothes, etc.

No matter how many cleaning tips we learn, sometimes we just can’t do it all. Life happens, kids are messy, and there are days our messes get the best of us. When that happens, shut the doors and go take a nap! Out of sight, out of mind, am I right? 😂

The last thing we need is to feel stressed about a messy house on top of all the other responsibilities we have, so you can relax knowing there’s no need to be perfect!

woman napping on the couch with a blanket

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Sara is a self-taught blogger and photographer with 5 years of experience having work featured in various building, travel, and fashion publications, most notably Bassett Furniture and Fossil.

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Comments 34

  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.

    • jacnjoe

      Hahaha. If only.

  3. Melissa

    I like how this advice was basically “Keep your house clean by cleaning your house” lol.

    • evangelic20

      I know,right……………..

  4. 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.

    • KG

      You…locked up your pantry and fridge???? Yikes.

      • Momof3superkids

        Locking fridge & pantry sounds a bit too much – but I think it is good idea for kids not to touch the fridge or pantry for constant snacking. Our mother fed us a nice healthy breakfast every morning and we were encouraged not to snack on anything ( we only drank water, nothing else) until lunch time. The constant unmindful snacking is not good for anyone ( kids or adults).

  5. LChapman

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

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

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

  6. Errrr

    GORGEOUS house!!!!!!

  7. Christine

    Whoa. As a working from home mama of a newborn (and still breastfeeding); I’m lucky IF I get maybe 2 of these accomplished per day. Sheesh!

    • 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

    • 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.

    • 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”

  8. MommySpendsLess

    The couch in the bottom picture (where somebody is hiding under a teal blanket) looks a lot like the couch I’m shopping for (simple lines, taupey/mushroomy/brown-gray color with double chaise lounges) – may I ask where you got it?

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi there! So sorry. We don’t have the details on the couch in that image.

    • Tati

      Check out the cindy crawford palm springs gray sectional at rooms to go. Goodness, best couch set ever ever. If you have a local rooms to go, they more than likely have the sectional on the sales floor for you to try out. You can’t go wrong, scouts honor!

  9. Kim

    I’d like to start replacing my paper towel with Taylor’s favorite replacement (the Swedish dish towels) Do you know of a good place I could put the dirty, used, and wet ones when I’m not ready to do a load of laundry yet?

    • Cmom

      Hang a lit zip laundry bag in your cupboard under the sink with command hooks. Like a lingerie zip bag

  10. 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!

  11. 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!

  12. 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.

  13. Tina

    This is possible:) “the secret slob” on YouTube is very encouraging and down to earth in regards to keeping your house upkept. It’s so good for the mind. It’s been life changing for me, I have 4 kids, 8 and under. There are seasons in life when babies are really small, and when I have a newborn I usually “let it go” for about 9 months, but still try keep it as clutter free as possible so it doesn’t overwhelm me and the rest of the family.

  14. Alice

    Washing a load of laundry everyday…um that is not wise. Unless there’s a full load to wash the wastefulness of water and power in drought stricken CA is a huge red flag. That’s a hard pass for me.

  15. 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 🙂

  16. 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.

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