Six Chores To Do Every Day

You know what’s the worst? Feeling like you spend all day cleaning your house, but having it not even feel clean. I’ve definitely been in this place myself! It felt like it didn’t even matter how much time I had put in, because my to-do list was still endless and my house was still a disorganized disaster.


Here’s what DIDN’T fix this problem: just trying to work harder. The harder I worked, the more tired and frustrated I felt, and the less I enjoyed being a mom and the manager of our home.


What DID help was developing systems that allowed me (and the whole family) to work smarter, instead of harder. I know it’s cliche, but there really is a big (positive) difference.


Creating a smarter system for keeping our house clean allows us to just spend specific minutes cleaning each day, rather than working at it all the time. Our house is also MUCH cleaner on a day-to-day basis.


The system that keeps our time commitment to a minimum is primarily focused around our daily cleaning routine, which includes just six easy, quick tasks. Here’s the list:


Six Chores To Do Every Day

Chores To Do Every Day

The first two chores (“Emptying clean dishes” and “sweeping”) are part of my morning routine. I do these tasks as soon as we finish eating breakfast each morning.

“Clean up after yourself:” This has a two part meaning. First, if you take something out, you should put it away when you’re done using it. Apply this rule to EVERYTHING: toys, art supplies, cleaning supplies, cooking supplies, clothes… anything that you take out of its normal “put-away” state should be returned when your done with it.

The second aspect of “clean up after yourself” has to do not with things to put away, but messes to clean up. When you’re finished doing any sort of project, take just a minute to clean up any mess you made. This goes for: taking a shower, preparing a meal, doing a craft project, etc. Lots of different activities we do throughout the day make tiny little messes that really just take 1 minute to clean up if you do it right then, but make your house much messier over time (even just over the course of a day), if you let them go.

The last three tasks on the list (“load dirty dishes,” “bookkeeping,” and “tidying”) are make up my evening chore routine. I do the dishes immediately after dinner, and then leave the other tasks until right before I start putting Walter to bed (which sometimes is immediately, and sometimes isn’t for a while, depending on how late we ate).

Taking just a few minutes to wrap everything up in the evening is SO worth it, because it makes your home a much more pleasant place to wake up in the next day. I find it so invigorating and calming to come into a clean kitchen first thing each day.

Waking up to a clean house means you get to start each day with a figuratively “clean slate,” and don’t have to spend your energy cleaning up yesterday’s messes. You are free to actually get ahead, instead of feeling like you’re always behind.

So what’s your routine? Do you do these chores every day? Do you do more, or are there some on this list that you should start doing? Let me know in the comments below!

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Six Chores To Do Every Day

You know what’s the worst? Feeling like you spend all day cleaning your house, but having it not even feel clean. I’ve definitely been in this place myself! It felt like it didn’t even matter how much time I had put in, because my to-do list was still endless and my house was still a disorganized disaster.

 

Here’s what DIDN’T fix this problem: just trying to work harder. The harder I worked, the more tired and frustrated I felt, and the less I enjoyed being a mom and the manager of our home.

 

What DID help was developing systems that allowed me (and the whole family) to work smarter, instead of harder. I know it’s cliche, but there really is a big (positive) difference.

 

Creating a smarter system for keeping our house clean allows us to just spend specific minutes cleaning each day, rather than working at it all the time. Our house is also MUCH cleaner on a day-to-day basis.

 

The system that keeps our time commitment to a minimum is primarily focused around our daily cleaning routine, which includes just six easy, quick tasks. Here’s the list:

 

Six Chores To Do Every Day


Chores To Do Every Day

The first two chores (“Emptying clean dishes” and “sweeping”) are part of my morning routine. I do these tasks as soon as we finish eating breakfast each morning.

 

“Clean up after yourself:” This has a two part meaning. First, if you take something out, you should put it away when you’re done using it. Apply this rule to EVERYTHING: toys, art supplies, cleaning supplies, cooking supplies, clothes… anything that you take out of its normal “put-away” state should be returned when your done with it.

 

The second aspect of “clean up after yourself” has to do not with things to put away, but messes to clean up. When you’re finished doing any sort of project, take just a minute to clean up any mess you made. This goes for: taking a shower, preparing a meal, doing a craft project, etc. Lots of different activities we do throughout the day make tiny little messes that really just take 1 minute to clean up if you do it right then, but make your house much messier over time (even just over the course of a day), if you let them go.

 

The last three tasks on the list (“load dirty dishes,” “bookkeeping,” and “tidying”) are make up my evening chore routine. I do the dishes immediately after dinner, and then leave the other tasks until right before I start putting Walter to bed (which sometimes is immediately, and sometimes isn’t for a while, depending on how late we ate).

 

Taking just a few minutes to wrap everything up in the evening is SO worth it, because it makes your home a much more pleasant place to wake up in the next day. I find it so invigorating and calming to come into a clean kitchen first thing each day.

 

Waking up to a clean house means you get to start each day with a figuratively “clean slate,” and don’t have to spend your energy cleaning up yesterday’s messes. You are free to actually get ahead, instead of feeling like you’re always behind.

 

So what’s your routine? Do you do these chores every day? Do you do more, or are there some on this list that you should start doing? Let me know in the comments below!

 


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