Juggling two kids, family and career is no easy task. And I totally understand that you don’t want to spend your free weekend scrubbing the kitchen floors or putting away laundry. But here are six easy things you can try and do every day to keep your home clean and organized.
Of course, some days may be worse than the others and you may not be able to complete everything on the list. But keep trying, adapt the suggestions to make them work for you. And it won’t be much longer before you are the proud owner of a clean and organized home.
Do the one thing that makes you feel better
For me, it’s making my bed. A made bed instantly makes the room appear much neater and gives me an instant morale boost before I start the day. I find that I am also less tempted to pile more clutter on a made bed. And the best part about it, it hardly takes a couple of minutes out of your day!
Take off your shoes at the door
Take your shoes off at the entrance to the door to cut down on the dirt and debris you track in daily. Your floors will look cleaner and you’ll have to spend less time cleaning them.
Clean the kitchen every night
No one likes to wake up to a messy kitchen. So make sure you clean the kitchen and load the dishwasher as soon as you have made dinner. Even better – try to clean up as you go. Rinse the dishes and clean up the spills while your soup is still simmering on the stove. Clear the counters and wipe them down after you are done. If you have time, sweep the floor with a dry mop. Trust me, you’ll start your morning on a brighter note!
Sort the paperwork
Bills, mail, newspaper cuttings, schoolwork – you let it go for a few days, thinking you’ll file them in their proper place by weekend and before you know it, your desk and countertops start over flowing with paper. To avoid that, try to make a system and go through your mail and your kids’ schoolwork every day. Toss the flyers and junk mail as soon as they come in. Use separate folders or pockets for important bills and communication so that you can easily pull them out when you need them. Sort your children’s artwork and keep the special ones and recycle the rest.
Do a 10-min walk through the house
Before you turn in for the night, do a quick 10-min walk through the house to pick up stray toys, clothes or books that need to be put away. Though it would be easier if you returned things to their rightful places as soon as you are done with them, I know, better said than done, right?
Plan for tomorrow
Save precious time in the mornings by picking your clothes the previous night. Put out the breakfast dishes and decide what to pack for lunch. Take a quick look at the calendar and make a note of any important thing that you need to do the next day and go to bed knowing that you had a great day and will have an even better one tomorrow!
About the Author: Kurt Jacobson is a writer and vacation rental manager. Knowing what it takes to maintain pristine appearances for customers, he thrives on sharing what he’s learned from his experience. When he’s not managing a property, he writes about Plymouth home cleaning for Professional Home Cleaning Inc.