The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Sharon at Mom of 6.
Happy New Year OrgJunkie readers! Did you set some goals this year to become more organized in the New Year? To tackle some of those decluttering projects? To clean out a closet or two? Well- awesome! You’ll find tons of tips here to help you accomplish those goals! But the New Year is also a perfect time to take a look at the routines we use around the house and make some tweaks in order to make them work better for us. So I ask you:
You know, it’s not really so much that I like to clean and organize my house… it’s just that I like to live in a clean and organized house! And way back when I became a full-time stay-at-home Mom, I needed to find a way to stay on top of all of the housework without incurring the cost of a weekly house cleaner, and find a schedule that made me feel as if I wasn’t spending the better part of my day cleaning the house! Because honestly, after 60-90 minutes of house cleaning chores- I am DONE! So over the years I have put together these tips and tricks for cleaning my home. Maybe they will help you to make some changes to your weekly cleaning routine this year:
Declutter Your Home Daily
Most of the time it isn’t the dirt that is making you nutty… it’s all of the school paperwork and mail and toys and kids clothes that are scattered everywhere that are driving you up the wall. So if you make a plan to declutter your kitchen counters and get the kids to clean up their toys and shoes and clothes for 15 minutes each evening before starting your bedtime routine, the weekly house cleaning becomes so much easier!
Break Your Tasks into Manageable Bites
My life is too busy, and cleaning isn’t one of my soul-fulfilling activities… so instead of cleaning my entire house top-to-bottom in just one day, I find it much more appealing to break down all of my cleaning chores into smaller tasks to work on over the course of a week. Here is how I break it down:
- grocery shopping and run errands
- clothes laundry
*and yes, this does take me more than 60-90 minutes, but at least I can get some other things done between loads
- wash towels
- empty trash cans throughout the house
- clean the bathrooms
- dust, vacuum, and mop the upstairs areas (bedrooms)
- more laundry (I do have 6 kids!)
- dust, vacuum, and mop the the downstairs areas
- water the plants
- change bed linens (remind me again why I thought that having bunk beds would be such a great idea? Because they are a pain in butt to strip and re-make!)
- coupon clipping / menu and grocery planning
How do you tackle your housecleaning? All in one day (just focus and get it over with), or in smaller chunks? Please leave a comment and share!
If you get a chance, I hope you’ll stop by to see me at Momof6 – a place where I write about organizing your home, using a family calendar, creating household routines, hosting at-home birthday parties, and making meals that kids will actually eat!