Blogging Martha: Tips for Keeping Things Tidy

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Once you've done the deep spring clean, the key is to keep your place tidy by doing a little bit all the time, rather than a marathon once things get icky.
Martha Stewart was on the Today show last month with how-to's on the big jobs, but what we really liked were her good, commonsense tips on everyday habits to cultivate that will keep things tidy between the major cleanings, outlined in the text accompanying the video of her appearance.

They will keep your place looking good all the time and make those weekend clean-ups faster and easier...

"Manage Clutter
Whenever you leave a room, take a quick look around for anything that isn't where it should be. Pick it up and put it where it belongs. Insist that everyone in the household do the same.

Make the Bed
Tidiness begets tidiness. A crisply made bed makes the whole room seem more orderly, which makes it less likely that you'll let other things — such as clothes and papers — pile up around it.

Sweep the Kitchen Floor
Every evening once you've finished washing up after dinner, sweep the floor. This will keep tough-to-clean dirt and grime from building up, which will make the weekly mopping much quicker.

Sort the Mail
Take a few minutes to open, read, and sort mail as soon as you bring it inside. Keep a trash bin near your sorting area for junk mail. Drop other mail into one of four in-boxes: personal correspondence, bills, catalogs, and filing.
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Check the Today show site for more of these basic but good to hear again tips for maintaining your hard earned Spring cleaned home.

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.