In this day and age, we are all super busy. Our kids have 9-million activities, we work, our parents need help, we volunteer for everything, and we are always connected! Somehow in our busy lives, we have to find time for our chores! Who has time for that? You do!
It is actually fairly easy to keep a house clean if you do a little each day!
Step One: Think of all the things that MUST be done each day to keep your house running smoothly.
Be careful to not get carried away. I mean, if you haven’t swept the kitchen floor since the in-laws came for your May Birthday party, what makes you think you are going to all of a sudden get to it daily? You aren’t! Be serious and be reasonable.
Here are the things that MUST be done in my house each day to keep things fairly smooth:
- Feed family
- Feed Pets
- Wash Dishes
- Rumble Kitchen
Yes, those 4 things are IT! If I do these things every single day, it only takes me a few minutes and my house stays decent. What is your daily homemaking bare-minimum? Grab a notebook or several sheets of paper and label each one a different day of the week for one week. Just one week! Under each day, add your daily minimum (no more than 5 tasks!)
Step Two: Think of the things that must be done on certain days of the week.
You know, those things that you really can’t get out of… putting the garbage out, taking kids to sports practice, etc. This should be fairly simple. We know when Jr. has baseball games, football practice, and Math Team practice. We also know when Princess has dance, gymnastics, and piano lessons.
Do you know when the garbage man comes? Is there a certain day that works best for errands? I prefer Tuesday since the grocery sales start on Wednesday, Tuesday is the least busy day. Everyone will wait one more day for the sale.
- Here are the things I have that fall on certain days:
- Sunday – I do my drug store runs on this day
- Monday – Nothing!
- Tuesday – Dump all garbage cans and put the big cans by the road for pick up tomorrow. (Note: I make sure my big cans are full! This is a great day to declutter, clean out the fridge, etc) I also do grocery shopping on Tuesday.
- Wednesday – Bring the big cans back in from the road. Zack has Jazz and Acro.
- Thursday – Nothing.
- Friday – Thomas has acro and we try to do Family Fun Night.
Go back to your notebook or pieces of paper from above and slot those items into the correct days. How are things looking? Hopefully at this point it isn’t overwhelming. You probably have 4 to 5 items from step one and 2-3 from step two. So, maximum of 8 things, but it shouldn’t be that way each day.
Step Three: Think of all the things that must be done each week.
Again, be reasonable! If you haven’t washed your sheets since Jr, who is now in High School, had an exploding diaper in the bed, what makes you think you are going to start doing it each week? Yeah, you are not. Then, you are going to get frustrated because you aren’t accomplishing each thing on your to do list and you will fall right back into the same housekeeping rut that made you read this article!
So, here are the things I do each week:
- Sweep and Mop
- Rumble remaining rooms.
- Empty lint trap in dryer
- Water plants
- Plan weekly menu
Remember, these are on top of my specific days tasks!
Look at your sheets of paper or notebook and start slotting these items in through the week. Your goal is to keep each day’s housekeeping tasks to 10 or less.
Step Four: Use your new plan!
Ok, so you now have a weekly plan all set up. I want you to take 1 week and do the plan. Just one week! Time yourself to see exactly how long it takes to do them. Once you do these daily and weekly tasks consistently for one month, you can start adding your monthly chores, holiday tasks, and decluttering projects in. At this point, you will want your tasks to be no more than 12 per day, so grab and monthly calendar and figure out what needs doing when.