#1 – Prepare Your Heart
This one may very well seem like a waste of time, however – when you can take some quiet time at the beginning of your day it will show in your attitude. Our job as caretakers in our homes can be joyful, challenging, and some days exhausting – but HE is able to refresh us IF we ask. Do not let this one slide……be sure to take some time to get revived!
#2 – Clear Out Your Sink
Do not leave dirty dishes in your sink – especially overnight. That is the worst feeling ever to wake up to. If you have older children, help train them to clear off their own plates and place them in the dishwasher after each meal. If you wash by hand, be sure to assign the job to a member in the family to avoid the “overnight monster stacked pile.”
#3 – Wipe Down Counters
I include this in my routine under “Kitchen Tidy” in my Free Weekly Household Planner. I make every effort to clean off any surface in my kitchen, usually after each meal. It leaves space to come in and begin prepping the next meal and I do not get anxious about clutter. Such a relief!
#4 – Do a Load
I am a load (or two loads) of laundry a day person. I find that it keeps things moving through our laundry room and nearly eliminates all clutter. (This is my favorite DIY detergent too, smells amazing!!) I have also found we need less clothing if I am rotating through the dirty clothes and washing regularly. It makes it easier for my youngest to put his clothes away as well, as it becomes a habit.
#5 – Put Shoes and Coats AWAY!
If you do not have a system in place for shoes and coats – quick, get one! Some hangers in the closet and some hooks on the door will make it handy for all ages to put their outerwear away. Also, having a bench with cubbies for shoes is helpful to keep the pile down. There is almost nothing worse than having shoes scattered around the house.
#6 – Keep It Fresh
There is something about having a house that “smells” clean that helps everyone adjust their perspective.
Years ago I would use Febreze or room sprays filled with chemicals to get that appearance of a “clean” home smell – but little did I know how incredible horrible they were for me and my family to be breathing in. Air fresheners – in aerosol, spray, solid, candle, or plug-in form – don’t remove odors, they just mask them.
Now I use a diffuser filled with a favorite essential oil, like Lavender or Purification for stubborn smells – they do not just mask odors, but rather help purify the air. I also have a small spray bottle filled with water and a few drops of essential oil that I can use to spray in my living areas too. (Ahem, also this poo-poo spray is very effective!)
#7 – 15 Minute Evening Pickup
This is not one you have to do on your own! Get everyone involved, set a timer, and put stuff away – clear the coffee table, entryway of miscellaneous after school items, dining table, and family room area. Put things back where they really belong to keep clutter down and gain a sense of “a place for everything” feeling.