How do you keep your house neat? How do you organize your time and tasks to keep a presentable home? How do you divide up cleaning and organizing chores around the other tasks you have during the day? What are the things you do everyday to keep your home neat? Do you clean certain rooms on certain days? What have you tried that works and what hasn't? Growing up I didn't have a good set of models for keeping a neat and clean house. My grandmother was an obsessive cleaner, which drove my mother in the opposite direction. While my grandmother was the type of person who would scrub down her walls once a week (extreme), my mother was the type who would misplace the vaccuum under piles of junk and not be able to find it for a couple months at a time (extreme). I know *how* to clean (as I did most of the cleaning growing up), but I never seem to have developed good strategies to keep the house neat on a day-to-day basis. When it was my husband and I, we didn't much mind cleaning for company or when things got dirty. Now that I have a daughter, however, I want to keep the house neat so she doesn't see the house being untidy as something to be embarrassed about or have it hinder her social life. She enjoys having an organized home and is getting to the age (she's 16 months now) where she can start helping to put things away and minor cleaning, but she's not there. I obviously want to be a better model for her. So far I've started loading the dishwasher immediately after every meal (I used to do it before bed), doing a load of dishes after dinner when it is full, and unloading it before bed (I wipe down the counters before bed too). I also pick up the livingroom after my daughter goes to sleep. I've started a small basket for odds and ends that I can put away later, rather than leaving items laying all over the house. I do one load of wash everyday, and put that away before bed (rather than 2-3 loads some days that leads to pile-ups). I'm not looking for a spotless house, just a house that someone could walk into any day of the week and not be too mortified of the dirt and the wreckage. What strategies do you use to stay organized and neat?