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Keeping your family home clean and tidy can seem like a mammoth task - but the trick is to set up a few filing systems and get in the habit of clearing stuff up as you go along. Some examples? Sort out post as it arrives. Empty small bins every day. Hang your clothes up at night. Put toys away once the kids are in bed. Spending a few minutes daily on tiny chores will save you precious hours - and days - in the long run.