7 Signs You Are A Tidy Person


Your home may be cleaner than you think. Check out these signs you are a tidy person and cut yourself some slack.

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If you spend much time on Pinterest, or even on my blog, you might get the impression that everyone else is a better housekeeper than you. Don’t let the headlines fool you: they’re written to catch your attention.

So, let me put your mind at rest by sharing with you seven signs you are a tidy person, even if you don’t know it. Or, if you want to look at it another way, you could also think of this as seven things you should be doing if you want to become a tidy person.

7 Signs You Are A Tidy Person

Keeping a home clean takes work, yet you manage to do it on top of all your other responsibilities. Sometimes, though, it’s easy to ignore your successes and focus on the things you haven’t had time for yet.

That kind of thinking can send you down the rabbit hole and make you begin to hate your home. Before that happens, take a pause and look around. Chances are your home is much tidier than you think, so be proud of that!

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1. You Have a Cleaning Routine.

If you clean house on a regular schedule, you’re a tidy person. Tidy people make cleaning part of their everyday life, rather than wait until their homes are out of control. Personally, I swear by my daily cleaning routine, but it’s not for everyone. As long as you’re in the habit of giving the kitchen and bathrooms a thorough weekly cleaning and hitting the other rooms in your home regularly, you’re ahead of the game.

2. You Clean Messes As They Happen.

Tidy people enjoy it when their homes are tidy. If you’re a tidy person, you know it’s easier to clean up messes when they happen rather than putting them off. For example, cleaning up while you’re cooking cuts down on the grime you (or someone else in your family) has to deal with later. Tidy people rinse utensils and dishes as they cook and load them into the dishwasher. They wipe up spills and splatters, too. If that’s your habit, you’re tidier than you think.

3. Guests Respect Your Space.

When you’re a tidy person, guests sense the pride you take in your home, and they show it respect, too. They’ll wipe their feet at the door automatically or may even slip off their shoes once they step inside. Rather than plunking down their glass just anywhere, they’ll look for a coaster to protect the coffee table you’ve so carefully dusted and kept clutter-free.

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4. You Know Where Your Cleaning Tools Are.

Tidy people use their cleaning tools often, so they always know where they can be found. Some clean people keep a set in every bathroom and another under the kitchen sink. Other tidy people stash their cleaning tools in a closet or cupboard.

If you know where your cleaning gear is so you can quickly grab it, and you make a point of never running out of cleaning products, then you can rest assured you’re a tidy person, too. (If you need help in this area, though, a good place to start is by making sure you have the essential cleaning tools everyone should own.)

Female hand holding a stack of neatly folded clothes

5. You Tidy Throughout the Day.

Tidy people rarely leave a room empty-handed. That’s because they don’t think of decluttering as a task so much as an ongoing process. If you’re a tidy person, you manage household clutter by putting things away promptly after use, purging junk when you see it, and collecting trash wherever it’s found. Tidy peoples’ homes look picked up because they’re always picking things up and putting them where they belong. (Want to work on this? Brush up on The Golden Rules of Decluttering.)

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6. You Make Your Bed Daily.

Tidy people make their beds. It’s not just a habit learned in childhood. Tidy people enjoy making their home look attractive. They know the three minutes it takes to make their bed in the morning is a commitment to keeping the rest of their home tidy throughout the day. Your bed is the focal point of your bedroom. Leaving it unmade makes the entire room look a mess, even when it’s not. Need more convincing? Find out how making your bed can change your life.

A man and two children vacuum under the living room rug

7. You Don’t Try to Do it All Yourself.

Tidy people don’t take on all the responsibility for cleaning house. A family home is a community, and every family member is part of it. Tidy people understand that giving kids chores teaches them to be part of this important, primary community and prepares them to one day be responsible members of the larger community beyond the home.

Chores also teach kids the life skills they’ll need to become tidy people when they grow up. (Want to get your kids more involved around the home? Check out this printable list of age-appropriate chores.)

How Tidy Are You?

If you’re doing all or even most of these seven things, pat yourself on the back for being a tidy person! Find a few you’re slipping on? Try working them into your life and see what a pleasant impact they make on your home. Need more guidance to become a tidy person? Sign up for my free series of 5 Secrets to a Cleaner House and start learning today!


  1. Ann Marie says:

    I passed this with flying colours, but then again, I’m 50 so I should!

    On the other hand, my father’s 52yr old wife doesn’t. My poor Dad of 70 not only has to do all the work on their small farm, but she also expects him to do the housework too while she is at her part-time job!

    I love Housewives How To’s. I’m a cleaning nut and a bit OCD, but whenever I need a cleaning tip or recipe, this is where I come too.

    Bought the book too! And it is better than most I have read.

    Keep up the good work Katie! We need you.

    From the UK, many thanks!

    1. Katie Berry says:

      I’m so glad you’re enjoying my site and book, Ann Marie! I do try to address common household challenges both in my blog and my books, so it’s wonderful to know they’re proving to be a good resource for people. Have you subscribed to my newsletter, too?

      My sympathies about your father’s wife. I can’t imagine how odd it must be to have a step-mother only two years older!

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