I read an article that provided a list of nine relatively simple tasks that people with clean and organized houses do on a daily basis. Now I am a semi-neat individual, but there are a few areas that I struggle with so my curiosity enticed me to click the link. Not all tasks will apply to every situation, but it does provide a simple guideline that you can use to do a better job of keeping up with the little things around a home.
The nine daily tasks include:
- Make the bed
- Empty dishwater in the morning
- Do a load of laundry a day
- Use baskets to organize
- Don’t procrastinate
- Put clothes they wore that day away before going to sleep
- Clean as they move about the house
- Never go to sleep with a dirty kitchen
- Plan ahead
Obviously, doing laundry everyday may not fit your lifestyle or needs. Likewise, some people may not use or own a dishwasher. However, the principle of keeping up on the laundry, dishes, etc. can help many families improve the tidiness of their homes. However, are all of these points practical? How would it look in a family with multiple children or whose parents work part-time or full-time?
As for me, I have gotten very… slack… when it comes to putting clothes away. My husband does the laundry for the family regularly (and the vacuuming), but I am so exhausted after a long day at work. And the boys have not been getting to bed until 10pm and 1am respectively. The baby needs to be held/bounced/burped due to gas so I can’t do anything else while holding him. So my clothes are in a basket on the floor and the boys clothes are strewn across an air mattress in their room. *sigh*
I have been trying harder to keep the bathrooms clean and tidy up the kitchen — at the very least, wash the dishes — before going to bed, though.
What areas or tasks do you struggle with?