Last night’s dishes are still in the sink.
Kid’s toys are scattered across the living room floor.
That chair in your room that you put there as a place to sit and just be is hidden under laundry you’re too tired to fold.
Running a household is hard work.
And when we’re tired and overwhelmed, something has to give. And lot of times, we choose the house, telling ourselves that a clean home is just not that important right now, that other things matter more.
To some measure, I agree.
If our homes are the one place where we can relax, play and fill our cups, then we should expect to make messes. I’m all for the messes because they are so much more than meets the eye.
Instead of seeing a stack of dirty dishes, I see a family who sat around a table together.
Those toys on the floor represent the magical world of exploring, learning and discovery.
And at least those clothes are clean.
But, when the messes become clutter that interferes with your routine or keeps you from being able to relax, it’s time to do something about it.
I’ve found it’s much easier to maintain a quick cleaning routine than it is to conquer out-of-control clutter.
The key to creating a routine you’ll stick to is to identify your non-negotiable chores and spread them throughout the day as you have time. My must-do tasks are:
~clear surfaces (including the kitchen sink) before bed
~tidy the living room before bed
It takes about five minutes to make the bed. Not even five minutes to pick up the living room. and maybe ten minutes to clear countertops and empty the sink.
As long as I do those three things, I feel successful. Now, do we sometimes leave dishes in the sink? Yes.
Do we clear the clutter every single day. No, sometimes we’re just too dang tired.
But, following this routine is a general habit with the help of these hacks.
9 Hacks for Creating a Cleaning Routine You Can Stick To
- envision the reward or payoff of waking up to a fresh, clean slate
- remind yourself how little time each task really takes
- set realistic expectations
- assess and adjust your routine every so often
- create a cleaning schedule
- set up a cleaning caddy
- have a cleaning supply closet or storage
- apply cleaning tips and tricks that make the job easier
- and most importantly, know how important the job of cleaning is.
Once you start to apply these tips, running a household won’t seem so hard.
See you in class,