I used to think that if I was going to be a stay-at-home mom, then I’d better have a super clean home to show for it.
That was 15 years ago. At forty-five, I know better. So, today I offer you a simple routine for keeping a clean home, or at least clean enough.
I’ve chosen these particular tasks for their mood lifting and fake out abilities.
Make Your Bed
When you get up for the day, pull your bedding back to let your sheets air out. In the meantime, take the time to change out of your pajamas and get dressed from head to toe. You can look pulled together with very little effort, and you’ll feel more productive.
Once you’re dressed, take five minutes to make your bed. That alone makes your bedroom feel like the restful retreat that it is meant to be. And, it’s so much more inviting to climb into a made bed at the end of a long day.
Pick up dirty laundry, put away anything left out on the counter, and wipe down the sink and mirror.
1 load of laundry
Nothing makes me feel like a happy homemaker more than hearing the swishing of the washing machine. Doing just one load a day makes doing laundry more manageable.
And that’s your morning. The house feels clean, you look good, and you’ve got the whole day ahead of you!
Now for the evening.
Clear Surfaces from all Clutter
I prefer to do this at night before we go to bed so that I wake up to a clean slate the next day. It only takes a few minutes, especially if everyone in the family is responsible for putting away their belongings and messes.
After dinner, wipe down the kitchen counters, sweep the floor and empty the sink of all dishes. If the kids are old enough, have them help.
Fluff the Throw Pillows and Blankets
As you walk through the living room on your way to bed, put all of the throw pillows and blankets back in place, giving the pillows a little fluff. If there are kid toys strewn about, have the children put them away before their bedtime. Now the room is fresh and ready for a new day.
Is the house super clean? No. But this simple routine leaves me feeling accomplished at the end of the day. That counts for something.
And for those that feel like screaming at the computer or serving her poo poo pie ( think The Help) when you see all the beautiful, spotless homes online and in magazines, this post from Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust is a must read.
See you in class,