A couple of weeks ago my awesome contributor, Kristin, shared her daily required organizing task that she does every single day without fail. It always sets her up for a productive organized day. That got me thinking about my own daily required cleaning task. Mine is different from Kristin’s though which is to make her bed. Instead, for me, there is another task that impacts my day even more and it involves the kitchen.
As you know I’m a creature of habit. I do most tasks every day on auto pilot at the exact same times. I’d be plenty disorganized without regular habits in place to guide me. The reason this is essential for me is because I’m naturally a creature of procrastination. Plus I tend to be on the lazy side. However I do also like having a clean and organized house. The only way I have found to marry these two traits is to implement habits and routines to keep me on track. Seriously I’m an unfocused mess without them.
My Daily Must Do Cleaning Task
Every morning I get up at 7:00, exercise at 7:30 and eat breakfast and get ready for the day between 8:00 until 9:00. I head back to the kitchen, turn on the kettle and get to work. My daily cleaning task is to clean and tidy my kitchen every morning. When you live with a food allergic child this one task has to happen or there can be dire consequences from cross contamination. This child is now away at school and doesn’t live with us anymore but old habits die hard.
I absolutely love going about my day knowing my kitchen is clean, tidy and uncluttered. It makes me feel good about myself and I like how it fires me up for a productive day. Even if every other room in my house is a mess, having one clean and organized room makes a world of difference to my attitude and my peace of mind.
It’s my youngest son’s (12) job to clean up the kitchen each night after dinner. However let’s just say his standards are a little different from mine. After dinner each night I basically just leave the kitchen after I eat and leave the clean up to my boy. I never really know what I’m going to walk into in the kitchen the next morning and every day is different.
Sometimes it takes me 5 minutes to reset my kitchen, sometimes 15 minutes. Maybe there are washed dishes that were left out to dry and need to be put away. The slow cooker more than likely needs to be put away. Breakfast dishes that should be in the dishwasher were left in the sink instead. Is it really that much harder to just put them straight into the dishwasher? I also wipe down and disinfect the counters.
Some days it’s as simple as a sink full of dirty breakfast dishes and popcorn bowls from the night before.
Random recycling on the counter that someone couldn’t walk the 10 steps to the recycling bin.
On other days there’s a little more that needs to be done. For instance, a slow cooker that wasn’t washed the night before because “it has to soak mom”.
During this time I also like to put my dinner in the slow cooker if that’s what’s on my menu plan.
I also take a moment to turn on my diffuser so my whole house smells clean (even if it isn’t)
Thankfully it doesn’t ever take me too long to get it all done since I keep up with it every day. All I know is my day can’t officially start until my kitchen is clean. I can usually get it all done in the time it takes my kettle to boil for my morning cup of tea. I like playing the beat the kettle game. A girls got to do what a girls got to do :)
I know it’s going to seem trivial to some but it’s what works for me. It might be something else for you as it is for Kristin. The point is to find that one organizing or cleaning task that makes you feel accomplished at the very beginning of your day. It should really be something that takes 30 minutes or less to ensure success. Maybe that’s writing out a Plan of Attack for your day, or decluttering 5 things into your donation station. Maybe it’s wiping down the sink and toilet in your bathroom. Find what works for you and schedule it into your day, every day. Eventually it will become a habit that you no longer think about and that my friends is the sweetest of spots.
Share with me in the comments what that one daily organizing or cleaning task is for you. Have a super weekend y’all!