The good news is that keeping your house tidy is mostly just a matter of getting into some good habits, as lots of little actions can help save you more work if you let your chores build up.
Here are some top tips on how to keep your home looking tidy and clean with the minimum amount of effort.
Put things away once you have finished with them and make sure you put them back in their right place.
These actions are very important.
If you leave things out once you have used them they will soon accumulate to the point that having to tidy them away is really daunting, therefore make sure you and your family put things away promptly.
This particularly should apply to children who have a tendency to leave their toys where they last were playing with them.
This does not mean piling items up ready to be put away later.
Put things back in their proper place before you move on to your next task.
In order to achieve success in this, everything should have a proper place to be put into.
If it does not, then you possibly need to consider a more major spring clean of your home to make more storage room.
If you have objects cluttering up your house that you do not use from months on end you should really consider if you need them.
If something has sentimental value then of course you should keep it, but if you are a habitual hoarder, consider a clear out.
Give good objects to a charity shop and recycle the rest.
Washing-up is another good example.
Whilst you may not want to wash an individual dish or single cup, stack them neatly in a bowl in your sink in the kitchen and then periodically do a larger load of washing up.
Feel free to leave the items to drain so that by the time you come to the next load they are dry and ready to put away.
If you have a dishwasher this is even better as you can stack your plates and do one energy saving wash when required.
Laundry is another area where good habits can save loads of time.
Try to have set days when you do different coloured loads of washing.
If you do small loads more regularly this will save you having to spend large portions of time washing and drying clothes in one go.
If you get into the habit of hanging clothes up as soon as they are dry, this can save you time ironing and avoids your clean clothes cluttering up your house and making it untidy.
As a final tip, if everything has got a little too out of control during the day, do not despair! A quick tidy up at the end of each day should mean the task tomorrow is greatly reduced.