Follower Question: Marriage & Cleaning

Follower question: 

Hi, I have a question.  I’m newly married and with that we are learning how to combine things and how to combine different home keeping styles and expectations.  Do you have any resources for someone in our situation?

My answer:

First, let me say, tidy is tidy.  My philosophy and/or mindset around a tidy home is that there’s a very simple way to achieve it.

  1. A place for everything and everything in its place.
  2. Follow the 6/10 List.  It’s linked here:
  3. Use the basket method throughout the week.  The article on that is linked here:

That’s it.  That’s all you need to do to achieve a tidy home.  Now, the members of the household are completely irrelevant to those three steps.  It doesn’t matter if you’re single, if you’re married, young, old, are parents, don’t have children, etc.  The process never changes.  The only thing that will need to happen to implement the three steps is to get everyone on board. 

If your roommates, spouse, etc. is unwilling to follow these three steps, then that’s a separate issue.  But my response for ALL households no matter who is living there is to always follow those three things and your house will never be out of place.

Thanks for your question!


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