It’s easy to get caught up in all the different aspects of managing a home and family. I mean, honestly, our little one isn’t even here yet, and I feel like all I get done some days is picking up, cleaning up, and putting away some days. But, I’ve figured out when I have a simple routine, even on days that are messier or harder to handle, I’m able to get a lot more done. As it’s just about that time for everyone to head back to school and for all the busyness of life to hit in full swing, why not take the chance now to simplify your daily routine, get the things done you need to, and make more time for the things you want to do? I came up with a simple system to help me keep our house clean and organized, and I know you can too with these simple tips.
1. Institute Daily Cleaning Tasks
I know, I know. Daily cleaning sounds like a pain, but when you make it part of your daily routine, it’ll be over in no time, you won’t have to spend your weekend cleaning house, and you’ll have a clean home all the time. A few of the things I do every day are wiping down the kitchen counters and table, sweeping/dry mopping all my wood floors, washing dishes (as needed), and doing a load of laundry.
2. Keep Things In Their Place
Okay, so I understand I’m in for a bit of a rude awakening with all the baby gear our baby girl is likely to have strung everywhere; however, I am also a big believer in the fact that everyone functions on the established expectations of a given space. I’ve taken a good bit of time organizing our baby spaces so that everything has a place, and I know it will simplify things if we put things back where they go once we’ve used them. This also goes for toys, shoes, coats, bags, etc. If it has a place where it is expected to be kept, the clutter will be minimized, and you won’t have to spend a bunch of time picking stuff up every evening.
3. Clean One Space Every Day
This practice goes along the lines of keeping up with daily cleaning tasks. If you do one minor task each day, it’ll become part of your simplified routine, and you won’t have to spend a bunch of time cleaning all in one day. I typically clean bathrooms on Monday, mop on Tuesday, vacuum on Wednesday, dust on Thursday, and complete a monthly cleaning task on Friday.
4. Make A Daily Checklist
A daily checklist makes a huge difference at getting things done during the day. I like to make my list every morning, but it works better to make up a plan the day or night before. I include everything I want to try to get done for the day in the list, including the things that are daily habits/routines.
Keeping your home running smoothly isn’t easy, especially if you have a houseful of little ones. But, it is possible. Take some time to establish a simple daily routine, and you’ll be able to stay organized (and keep your sanity).