12 Things Neat People Do!

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Ever wonder how neat people manage to be so . . . well . . . neat?  After quite a bit of research, I’ve found that there are a ton of ideas on the internet but I’ve narrowed it down to 12 simple things that you can do in order to join the neat people club.  All of these things really only take a couple of minutes each.  If you could change your entire home environment in about an hour a day, why wouldn’t you?  I’m totally guilty of being lazy about a lot of these things, but I’m going to start my own 12 Step Neat Freak Program now!

  1. Make their bed – EVERY DAY!  And speaking of that, don’t throw stuff on it.  It should only be for sleeping!
  2. Put things away as soon as they are done with them – even if they might need them again.  They have a place for everything, even for items that need to find a place in their  home.  A common method for items looking for a place in their home includes keeping baskets placed strategically and then emptying them on a regular basis.
  3. Wipe down surfaces after using them.  This includes kitchen counters, bathroom counters and coffee tables if you (like me) are guilty of eating in front of the tv.
  4. Put their dirty laundry in the hamper or washer right away.  Seems really simple right?  But, how often do you lay a sweatshirt of sweater over the back of a chair?
  5. Do a load of laundry every day.  This includes washing, drying and putting away.
  6. Clean up as they go . . . especially while cooking.
  7. Wash dishes or run the dishwasher every day . . . this includes emptying the dishwasher.  I also like to wash the coffee pot while doing dishes and then get it ready for the next morning.
  8. Clean out their fridge once a week.  This can be as simple as throwing out old food.  Or, you can take it to the next level and make sure you wipe down any dirty shelves.
  9. Put their coat, shoes and purse away as soon as they get in the door.
  10. Have a place for their paperwork and make sure that it gets put there immediately.  Or, go paperless by scanning in your paperwork.
  11. Plan ahead.  If you plan ahead and get things ready, you won’t be running through the house rifling through drawers and old purses looking for what you need.
  12. Tidy up before going to bed.  Who wants to wake up to a mess?  A few minutes of tidying up will make your morning much more pleasant.  Coming from an anti-morning person, this is an awesome idea!
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