The key to having a clean and organized home is a daily routine. I know that the thought of a routine makes many shiver. But a routine is basically a set of habits that you do. Start your routines by developing simple housecleaning habits, you’ll notice that your work will get easier and easier. These tips will give you some great ideas of good habits to start.
Housework can be a huge job. Learn to delegate. Make chore charts for everyone in your house. Even small children can help pick up toys and other things. As you learn that you don’t have to do it all, housework will become much easier.
Fill the Sink
A good habit to start is filling your sink with hot soapy water every time you start to cook. This way you can “clean as you go.” As you get done with each pot or dish, wash it quickly. This makes clean-up a snap.
Have a Charity Box
It’s a good idea to keep a box or bag in your front closet that you put things you don’t need anymore. This really helps get rid of clutter in your home. When the box is full, simply drop it off at your local good will store.
Tackle the Small Jobs
Housework can be overwhelming. Learn to break it down and tackle the smaller jobs first. As you do, each job will become easier. Also, if you clean the small messes before they get big, it’ll be a lot easier to clean up.
Fast Pick Up Before Bed
If you make it a habit to do a quick pick up before going to bed, it’ll really help. You’ll find that it’s easier to wake up and feel good about the day if even one room is clean.
Take a Trash Bag With You
As you leave the house, make it a habit to take the trash out. This is a simple tip, but why make extra trips if you don’t need to? This is also a great job to delegate to a teenager. They’re always coming and going anyway.
You see, there is no need to freak out at the mention of developing routines. Start with these simple habits. You can try adding a new habit each day. In no time, you’ll have a daily routine in place without even realizing it.
About the Author
Cara Mirabella is manager and founder of http://thehouseholdhelper.com, a site providing tips and resources for cleaning, organizing, meal planning and more. A former “domestically challenged” wife and mom, Cara now coaches other moms, to help them save their time, money and sanity when managing their home and family. More information about home and family management coaching can be found at http://thehouseholdhelper.com/coaching.