Built-in kitchen wood shelves with white serving dishes - Want a Tidy Home by The Nester


For many of us, keeping a tidy home with any sort of consistency seems like a pipe dream.  Add young children to the equation and it becomes a near impossibility.  We recently interviewed design blogger and author Myquillyn Smith (listen here) and loved hearing all about her new book and some of her basic design principles.  She has an incredible knack for creating beautiful decluttered spaces for cheap or simply using what you already have.  Below, she has shared with us her tips on attaining a tidy home and we are totally inspired to clean house.  Not so much from a place of pressure or guilt but simply from realizing that with a few new habits, a tidier and more beautiful home is absolutely attainable.



before and after kitchen cleaning pictures from Myquillyn Smith of The Nester


5 Things People with Tidy Homes Never Do


1. Tidy People don’t act like a slob all day, and then get their house tidy in one fell swoop.

Tidy people seem to understand that saving all the cleaning for the end of the day or week is a lot of work, no fun, and super demotivating.  Seems they have figured out how to be in a constant state of low-grade tidying, without even realizing it.

2. Tidy People Don’t Run out of Cleaning Supplies.

They make it a point to always be stocked up on their favorite cleaning products so it’s never an issue.  Myquillyn is a huge fan of Grove: an online subscription company offering a huge selection of high-quality natural cleaning products.  Head over to her site for their new customer deal.


tidy living room pictures from Myquillyn Smith of The Nester

3. Tidy People never let the sun go down on their filth.

This is a good one.  Tidy people know that the job needs to get done anyways, so might as well knock it out now and enjoy the rest of the evening with peace of mind.


4. Tidy People don’t store things on the floor.

This is a simple practice of putting things back where they go instead of letting all the misplaced items build up.


clean kitchen surfaces from Myquillyn Smith of The Nester


5. Tidy People don’t over decorate.

Tidy people by nature, value a cleared off surface more than a highly decorated surface.

If this post is really hitting home for you, head over to Myquillyn’s blog to read her full post.  Be sure to check out the rest of her site; she has a ton of great ideas and useful tools!