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There was a time in my life where I was completely overwhelmed by managing my home. I had a new baby, I was exhausted, and the last thing I wanted to do when I came home from work was clean up the house. I got really lazy and just kept putting it off. Clutter started to build up, laundry would accumulate in piles, and dishes always cluttered the sink.
I thought that relaxing on the couch would make me happier than doing the dishes. But you know what happened? I became depressed, frustrated, and overwhelmed by my home.
Instead of a haven, it had become my nightmare.
Have you ever been in this situation?
I realized that the source of my unhappiness was coming from the clutter and filth around me. I knew something had to change. I had to change.
How could I break my bad housekeeping habits and become a better wife, Mom, and homemaker?
With a lot of trial and error I figured it out, and you can too! Here’s how!
Implement A Routine
Creating a routine is the key to your success.
If you don’t have a cleaning routine to follow, doing the laundry will be so easy to put off that, eventually, you’ll have no clean underwear! Or you’ll spend all day Saturday cleaning up your house because you put it off during the week.
But this doesn’t have to be your life!
By setting up a routine of quick and easy daily tasks, you can keep your home clean all the time!
How To Set Up A Daily Routine
To keep your home clean all the time there are 4 things that you have to do every day!
- Clear Off Counter Tops
- Wash & Fold At Least One Load Of Laundry
- Pick up
Here is how I tackle these daily chores!
In the morning before we leave the house, I throw in one load of laundry. I always set a delay on my washer so that the clothes will wash an hour before I get home. If your washer doesn’t have a delay setting you can start it right before you leave. Once I get home I throw the clothes in the dryer. Then in the late evening, once we sit down to watch TV I fold the load of clothes and put them away. It only takes about 10 minutes to fold clothes and put them away. For about 15-20 minutes of work a day, you can always be caught up on laundry!
This may sound obvious but some of us struggle with this step. Once a dish is used, instead of just putting it in the sink, take 5 extra seconds and put it in the dishwasher. If you do not have a dishwasher then wash and dry it as soon as you use it. If you wash dishes as you go then it saves you time and from accumulating a sink full of dishes.
Also, while you are cooking, wash dishes as you go. Most of the time, when cooking a meal there is always cooking time. While you are waiting for your food to cook, wash and dry as many dishes as you can.
Pick Up & Clear Off Counters
This is where my family and a lot of other families struggle the most! Clearing off the daily clutter that accumulates around the house can seem overwhelming but there are a few ways that you can combat it!
First, if it takes less than a minute to put something away, then do it! Don’t let something pile up for later. It will only get harder the longer you wait to put things away.
Secondly, throw away junk mail as soon as you bring it in the house. There is no reason to accumulate unuseful clutter.
Lastly, right before bed every night we do a quick pickup. We fold throw blankets and arrange throw pillows. Put away toys and pick up any stray items on the floor. And put away any lingering clutter. We only spend about 5 minutes and go to bed every night with a clean living space.
That’s it! Those are the 4 things you must do every day to keep your house clean!
But that’s not all you need to do to keep your house clean, right? There are other chores that need to be done at least once a week.
Here’s How To Manage All Your Other Chores!
Wednesday: Clean Bathrooms
Saturday: Catchup Day
Each day you need to complete one more chore that needs to be done around the house. These chores keep your house clean but they do not necessarily need to be done every day.
So are you ready to dive in and keep your home clean every day?
Grab my printable for free! Hang it on your fridge and reference it every day until your cleaning routine becomes your cleaning habits!