All you need to do each day for organizing your home
The daily cleaning tasks that follow are essential for a clean organized home. They are easy to complete in less than thirty minutes a day. When you include the meal preps and cooking for the day it does add some time. Try to stick with easy meals for your most busy days and leave the experimenting with harder dishes for your days off. To develop these tasks into a routine habit is the goal. In this post we are really just going over what’s involved in carrying out each of the tasks and an approx time of how long it should take you to do them.
Organizing the daily tasks for your home into short routines throughout the day
Whether it is most convenient to do them in your morning routine, evening routine or split into other routines throughout the day is up to you. Try them out in different order. Look at the posts, Morning Routine Habit for an organized home and tweaking your morning routine for an Organized Home. These posts will explain the way to include the daily house cleaning tasks into your morning routine for organizing and cleaning your home or into an evening routine.
These are the tasks to keep your home sparkling on an everyday basis. They will also see your family fed, dressed in clean cloths, your bathroom and living rooms guest ready, No longer will you miss your appointments or forget it’s mufti day at school. We still have a fair way to go to becoming totally organized but in keeping with the 80/20 principal, we certainly have covered here the top twenty percent of tasks required to keep the family home running smoothly on a day to day basis.
Check your daily planner and family calendar: twice a day at minimum. In the morning before you leave the home and in the evening before you sit down to relax. (two minutes)
Dishes: Done daily after each meal or placed into the dishwasher (five minutes)
Sink: Fill with hot soapy water immediately as you begin to cook. Wipe the sink dry and a shine with some paper towel and Windex glass, will leave your sink shinning at the end of the day.(two minutes)
Wipe counter tops and stove: With an all-purpose cleanser wipe over counter tops and stove top after cooking. (one minute)
Wipe any spills on the floor, dustpan collect crumbs: Save the full vac and mop for the weekly clean. Hang dishtowels, squeeze and leave sponges to dry. Wash towels every three days, disinfect sponges every couple of days in some bleach and toss every seven days. (two minutes)
Prepare breakfasts and lunches: Depending on the age of your family members on how much work you have to do in regard to these two. It’s a good idea to do the breakfast prep the night before and have as much of the lunches also ready as you can the night before. (5 minutes each)
Kitchen note: these tasks are for every time meals are cooked in the kitchen. For your sponges, I suggest throwing them away after seven days but it is really up to you. I clean any floor spills with kitchen paper. Check week’s meal planner for what is for dinner, in case you have to get something out of freeze or start the slow cooker. Place a hook behind a cupboard door and hang a dustpan and broom in there.
Put products away and wipe down sink: Once you have cleaned your face and teeth. Use Windex again and some paper towel. (one minute)
Clean splats off mirror: toothpaste is easily removed with the Windex (twenty seconds)
Wipe toilet seat and rim: spray with some disso and wipe with toilet paper (twenty seconds)
Clean toilet bowl with the brush: and a squirt of disso (twenty seconds)
Squeegee the shower door: dry to stop the watermark drops. You can also use a dry towel; hang floor towels and bath towels to dry (two minutes)
Bathroom note: These tasks take less than a couple of minutes and best-done while you are in the bathroom, first thing in the morning. Keep a bottle of Windex in the bathroom and paper towel.
Fold/put away clean cloths and take dirty clothes to the laundry: make a habit to put them away as you take them off. (three minutes)
Bedside tables: all dish’s taken to the kitchen, put away books and reading glasses.(two minutes)
Make bed: straighten the sheets, tuck in the comforter and fluff up the pillows. (two minutes per bed)
Clear projects: pickup games, DVD’s anything that has been left out (four minutes)
Tidy sofa: fold throws and fluff pillow (two minutes)
Wipe tables: with a microfiber cloth give tables a quick wipe over for dust. Use a wet cloth for marks (two minutes)
Handheld vac any crumbs: if there are crumbs on the floor or couches a quick vac will do till weekly cleaning day. (2minutes)
Take cloths to laundry: best to start laundry in the morning so you can complete the five steps needed to get to complete. (3 hours when line drying in total)
Put on a load of washing: make sure to sort the colours from whites and hand washing. Wash sheets and towels in hot water (40min depending on your maching)
Hang a load or dry in the dryer: as soon as the machine stops. Stops creasing and keeps washing smelling nice and fresh (3mins or 1min)
Fold immediately when dry: this stops creases from forming so easily. (10minutes)
Put away when folded: or leave in the owners room for them to put away. (5minutes)
A clean organized home in under thirty minutes a day
So thats it. House cleaning and tiding in under thirty minutes a day. Cooking hopefully isn’t taking you anymore than 10 minutes each for breakfast and lunch and dinner ten minutes prep and nice easy dish’s for the busy days. As I mentioned above, this isn’t all the tasks we have yet to do to reach our end goal. Some more cleaning routines, some de cluttering, menu planning, bill payment planning and onto the fun stuff like organizing your possesions, cloths and wardrobe organization, making your home look stylish and comfy. Then the really fun stuff “making some dollars for all your hard work”.
Focus on the task at hand and no multitasking
This is not a race. Remember the tortoise and the hare. The big old tortoise kept plodding along and eventually he crossed the finish line. He beat that hare that was dashing here and there and all over the place doing all sorts of things at the same time as running the race. The tortoise concentrated, every step deliberate with only one goal in mind. That’s the mind set you need for getting organized. Keep practising and following the list above everyday and everyday trying a little bit harder to see it through to the end.
Don’t think about the mess under the stairs
Don’t worry about clutter and piles of toys or full box’s and the mess under the bed. We will get to that I promise however at this stage if you can just get the daily tasks organized into a routine that suits your day, even if the order has to change from one day to the next. The main thing is to try and get the tasks working in a routine, forming a habit and then setting yourself onto auto pilot and watch yourself zoom through them each day eventually just like second nature.