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Simple Life Tips: 6 Easy Habits to Simplify Your Home & Life

Simple Life Tips: 6 Easy Habits to Simplify Your Home & Life

In today’s post, I’m sharing some simple life tips to help you simplify your home and your life.

These simple life tips focus on easy habits you can build that have a big impact on how your home functions. And on how you feel while you keep up with and manage your home. You’ll learn 6 easy habits that can help your home look, feel and function better. As well as help simplify your life and make life easier.

These 6 habits are things I do every day and have made a big difference in my life. Helping my home become easier to manage and keep up with. And reduce my stress levels when it comes to caring for our home. These habits are things that make keeping our home consistently tidier and more pleasant to be in easier.

If you’re ready to get out of survival mode and start feeling in control of your home and life, today’s post is for you! Use these simple life tips to create a home and life where you can thrive, not just survive.

Simple Life Tips: 6 Easy Habits to Simplify Your Home & Life

1. Have a home for everything

One of the most effective ways to keep your home tidy and easy to keep tidy is having a home for everything you own.

Items without a home tend to sit on the surfaces and floors of your house causing mess and clutter. But when everything has a home, and that home is easy to access, it’s easy to put things away so they don’t get left out causing clutter and mess.

Also, when everything has a home and you get in the habit of putting things away in their home consistently, it makes it really easy to find things when you need them. Looking for items you can’t find can be frustrating and stressful. But when everything has a home and consistently gets put away in their homes, you can eliminate a lot of that stress and frustration.

Not only that but having homes for everything you own also helps keep the amount of stuff in your home in check. It helps you avoid accumulating more than you have space for. And prevents the amount of stuff, or inventory, in your home from getting out of control.

When you know you need a home for everything, you either buy less because you know you don’t have space. Or declutter something else to make space for the new item coming in. Either way, it helps you avoid accumulating more than you can comfortably manage.

2. Build a nightly reset routine

A nightly reset routine has been one of the biggest game changers in keeping our home tidy and easy to manage.

A nightly reset routine is simply a routine you repeat every night to help you tidy your home, keep up with basic tasks and return your home to baseline, or the way you like to keep it.

You can tailor your nightly routine to your home, family, time available, preferences, etc. But in general, your nightly reset routine should include things like cleaning your kitchen, running the dishwasher, doing a quick tidy of the house, getting prepared for the next morning, dealing with laundry, etc.

You can read more about my own nightly reset routine here.

When you do your nightly reset routine consistently, messes don’t have a chance to get out of control or overwhelming. Making it easier to keep up with your home and take care of it. These tasks become an automatic part of your day, making it easy to keep up with the basic tasks required to keep your home functioning well.

3. Clear the flat surfaces

Flat surfaces often tend to become clutter magnets. Making it easy for clutter and mess to pile up and become overwhelming.

And clutter has a way of attracting more clutter. Often a few things on your flat surfaces almost give you permission to accumulate more. Then, before you know it, you have piles of clutter to deal with!

Not only that, but clutter on your flat surfaces also adds a lot of visual clutter to your home. Making your home appear messier and more overwhelming than necessary.

Clearing the flat surfaces in your home can really help improve the look, feel and function of your home overall. Making it look and feel tidier, more open and less overwhelming. As well as making your home more functional. Giving you space to use the flat surfaces in your home without clutter getting in the way.

Notice what tends to pile up on your flat surfaces, then find alternative homes for those items that won’t add visual clutter to your spaces.

Then really assess what functional and/or décor items regularly live on your flat surfaces. I recommend a “less is more” approach when it comes to flat surfaces.

Aim to keep as little as possible on your flat surfaces. Not only to prevent those items from attracting clutter. But also, so you can easily see what is out of place and needs to be put away. Before the mess piles up and feels overwhelming.

4. Don’t put it down, put it away

This is a simple habit to build that will help keep your home tidy with less time and effort required.

Rather than putting something down to deal with or pick up later, put it away as soon as you’re done using it. The more consistently you can do this, the tidier your home will stay on a regular basis.

You can read more about how to build the habit of “don’t put it down, put it away” here.

5. Clean the kitchen each night

While cleaning the kitchen will likely be part of your nightly reset routine, it’s important enough to mention on its own too.

For most of us, the kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where we cook, eat, gather, entertain, etc. And as the heart of the home, it tends to set the tone for the rest of the house. When the kitchen is messy and out of control, the rest of the house can easily become that way too. But when the kitchen is clean and tidy, it encourages you to keep the rest of the house that way too.

Not only that but cleaning your kitchen each night lets you start the next day with a clean slate and a fresh start. Rather than waking up to yesterday’s dishes and mess, you can start with a clean kitchen and an empty sink. Setting a positive tone for your day and the rest of the house too!

Get in the habit of completely cleaning your kitchen each night. The more consistent you are, the faster and easier you’ll be able to clean the kitchen each night.

For example, try doing the dishes, loading and turning on the dishwasher, clearing off the counters and table, wiping the counters and table, putting things away, etc. You can also get the habit of wiping your cabinet fronts and fridge front each night so mess and grime never have a chance to build up and become a big job to deal with.

6. Do one load of laundry every day

Doing one load of laundry every day is one small change that has made life so much easier for me.

Doing a load of laundry every day means the loads are small, quick and manageable to deal with. Rather than having piles and piles of laundry to wash, fold and put away, I only have small loads to deal with. It feels less overwhelming to me and more manageable to keep up with.

If doing laundry once a week, or less often than that, works well for you, keep doing it. But if you constantly feel overwhelmed, behind and stressed by laundry, you might want to consider trying something new. Doing one small load of laundry a day may be easier and more realistic for you to keep up with.

Simple life tips: 6 easy habits to simplify your home and life

I hope these simple life tips will help you simplify your home and your life. Making your home function better, your days go more smoothly and your life in general feel a little easier.

I’d love to know which of these simple life tips resonate most with you. Which are you already doing and find helpful? Which are you going to start trying in your own life? Leave a comment below and let me know!

Simple Life Tips: 6 Easy Habits to Simplify Your Home & Life

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Donna Norton

Sunday 21st of April 2024

I've found having a designated spot for everything and doing a nightly reset routine really helps to keep my home tidy and manageable.

Simple Lionheart Life

Tuesday 23rd of April 2024

I couldn't agree more! I've found the same in my house as well!


Tuesday 27th of February 2024

I am consistent with my kitchen and laundry, doing like you suggest. I want to keep up on the surfaces. This is a big problem. And I like the idea of putting things away, not setting them down. I'm going to work on this. I have been finding homes for things since I first heard this idea from you. Finding a home for things is the simplest method I have heard of and the best.

Simple Lionheart Life

Tuesday 27th of February 2024

I'm so glad you found the post helpful and have some ideas of new things to try! Thanks for reading :)


Monday 26th of February 2024

Hi Melissa, I was used to doing a load of laundry each day when the children all lived at home, plus we live on a farm. Now I still do a load a day and we still live on a farm. I like it that way, so I don’t have laundry stress. It’s also helpful if you suddenly need to go away for a day. You are not really getting behind.

Simple Lionheart Life

Monday 26th of February 2024

Yes! I completely agree that it makes like easier and you never have to deal with piles of laundry.

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