I’ll be honest, if you came to my house right now, you could probably write your name in the dust on my entertainment center.
This first trimester has really hit me hard and getting back into my weekly cleaning routine has been slow going. (Plus I hate dusting, so I’ve been putting it off.) 😉
However, my home IS tidy.
Things are picked up, there aren’t piles of messes that I need to tend to, and I don’t feel overwhelmed with my home.
I believe it is because I follow these four simple habits each day to stay on top of things.
By the way, I didn’t used to do these things every day. I used to let them pile up and spend my free time on the weekends dealing with the messes. Now I deal with little messes during the week, so that I don’t have big messes later.
Here are the daily habits…
1. Deal with the mail right away.
Instead of throwing the mail on the counter and letting it pile up, I sort it right away. Usually it ends up in one of four piles:
- miscellaneous (invitations, reminders, ect.)
I throw the trash away immediately, add the coupons and bills to the folders in my binder, and post the invitations to my bulletin board.
2. Do one load of laundry a day.
For the last two years, I have been in the habit of throwing in a load of laundry before breakfast. It is usually ready for the dryer after we finish getting dressed, and then I fold and put it away around lunch time.
This is so much easier than saving all of the laundry for the weekend. And this way we never run out of clean clothes!
3. Follow Routines.
Before I followed routines, I used to throw my purse, keys, and shoes in random places when I got home. Then the next day, I had to search for them! I wasted so much time searching for my purse and keys.
It’s a little embarrassing!
Now, I simply follow routines when we get home. My keys are placed in the basket on my dresser, my purse is hung in my closet, and my shoes are returned to the shoe rack.
This prevents clutter building up in the main living areas, and I know exactly where they are the next time I need them.
My son also follows routines for picking up his toys (with some persuasion!). Before naps and bedtime, we pick up his toys, so that they don’t get out of hand.
4. Clean kitchen before bed.
I started doing this about two years ago, but I didn’t always make it a habit until Jen issued a challenge to clean your kitchen every night for an entire month. I accepted the challenge, and ever since then, it has become a daily habit.
During the day, I try to keep up with the dishes by putting them in the dishwasher after breakfast and lunch and wiping off the counter tops.
That way there usually isn’t a huge mess to deal with at supper time. It only takes about 20 minutes to clean up the kitchen each evening.
Waking up to a clean kitchen in the morning is wonderful! I will never go back!
If you are tired of the messes piling up, try adding these daily habits to your routine. They don’t take much time, but make a huge difference in keeping the big messes away.
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