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I have a favorite way to keep the house clean.  My mom taught me this and it works…  really.

A woman cleaning windows with a girl lying on a bed watching.


Before you leave a room, clean up.   Don’t leave a room unless you can back out of it.  This means that you are seeing what needs to be done before you leave the room.

Today, I want you to do this.

Right now, go to your bedroom and start there.

Start in one corner of the room and clean it.  Next move down one wall, cleaning everything in the way.  Do not leave that wall (don’t get distracted when you put away shoes and start on the closet… go back to that wall) until it is completely clean.

Do this all around your room.

Next, sweet your room (the entire room- corners, under things, etc…)

A person vacuuming under a stool.

I grab my Shark DuoClean™ Powered LiftAway Speed™  and get started. I sweep the floors, move onto under the furniture & then I do the ceiling and corners.  This sweeper has Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology® that exceeds HEPA filtration standards*** and DuoClean™ Dual Brush Roll Technology to pick up fine dust and large debris on both floors and carpets.   We got it because it is Shark’s most advanced upright vacuum ever, so it works well in our house (we have carpet & hardwoods).

It may take a little while when you are first starting, but for the rest of the week, you will only have to keep up with it.  You will only have to back out of the room, cleaning up what you see quickly.  This will stop it from getting out of control.

Note: I was given the Shark DuoClean™ Powered Lift-Away Speed™, but I reached out to them for it, because I knew how well it worked (friends had told me) .

Hi there!

I’m Becky, a former elementary school teacher turned certified child development therapist and blogger. I work at home with my husband and together we are raising (and partially homeschooling) our four children in the Carolinas. I love diet coke, ice cream, and spending time with my family.

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  1. This is so me, haha. I can not by any means leave a room without making sure it’s left tidy and clean! I’m that much of a clean freak that I’ve now even invested in an air purifier, and it is fantastic.

  2. This sounds like a great idea! I’m not sure I could get my husband and kids on board with it though 🙂

  3. I always love reading your blogs! Your tips are very helpful and make doing stuff really productive. I get distracted whenever cleaning our house by random things that I get to unearth but I’ll try to follow these tips you have given. 🙂


  4. Great post! Backing out of a room is an excellent technique, especially when dealing with cleaning floors and dirty shoes; you can mess up your own cleaning pretty fast 😉

  5. I really like what you said about cleaning up after yourself before leaving a room. This is great information and I totally agree with it, but recently I had a huge party at my vacation house and I will need a cleaning service to pick up after me. It would be great if I can find a cleaning service that can take the job on for me and get the place all cleaned up.

  6. Great tips. I feel like all I do at the moment is clean and I’m dreading going back to work and trying to fit it all in. This post will help me massively.

  7. Amazing article. I am regularly reading your post. I like your advice and tips. It is really helpful to me. Home cleaning is one of the biggest tasks for me.

    1. Keeping up with a clean house is tricky! So glad you’re finding my tips useful 🙂