10 SIMPLE HOUSEHOLD ROUTINES TO SAVE YOU TIME
Keeping your home clean and tidy doesn’t have to be complicated or use up your precious time and energy. Check out this post for 10 simple household routines to save you time and find out how to keep your home clean, the easy way.
ROUTINES TO HELP SAVE YOU TIME CLEANING
So often our homes can drain our energy and our time. We have to spend time cleaning, tidying and looking after them. It can seem like a never-ending cycle, especially when you have a busy family!
Yet, there are ways to make looking after your home so much easier with just a little bit of planning and routine.
As I was going around my own home, thinking about my own cleaning and household routines, I came up with a few ways to save myself time and energy.
That’s time and energy I could be freeing up for much more fun things than washing and dusting!
Here are my top 10 simple household routines to save you time.
Look out for the FREE workbook at the end of the post to help you set up routines of your own.
Try them out, see what works for you and your family and share your thoughts in the comments…
10 SIMPLE HOUSEHOLD ROUTINES TO SAVE YOU TIME
#1 Wash the dishes after you’ve used them
Get into the habit of washing the dishes, glasses and cutlery straightaway after eating.
It will take just a few minutes instead of piling it all up in the sink throughout the day for you to wash and put away in the evening. There are plenty of better ways you can be spending your evenings!
If you have a dishwasher then perhaps do what I do. Load it all up during the day after every meal Switch it on to run after your last meal of the day so it’s finished by bedtime and unload it first thing in the morning.
Not only will it save you time but your kitchen will look much tidier without dirty plates in the sink!
#2 Tidy up before each mealtime
Don’t let the toys build up on the floor or general stuff invade every room and stay there!
After the kids have played with the toys and before they move onto something else, make sure all the toys are put away. Same goes for you and anything you’ve been using too!
The easiest way to do this can be to grab a laundry basket before every meal time and walk around the house.
Put everything in the basket that doesn’t belong in each particular room and return the items to where they should go.
Straighten the rugs, plump up the cushions and take any dirty dishes etc into the kitchen whilst you’re at it.
#3 Clean up after every snack and meal
Here I don’t mean just doing the dishes after every meal! Take a few extra minutes to tidy away too, including:
- Wipe down the kitchen surfaces whilst you’re cooking
- Clean the table after you’ve eaten
- Sweep or hoover under the table after each mealtime.
A few minutes spent like this can save you a lot of work later on!
#4 Do a little bit of housework each day
I prefer to do housework little and often, instead of a single long deep-clean session.
This is my plan:
- I’ve worked out how many rooms are in my home, what needs to be cleaned in each of them and how often
- I’ve made a rota to ensure each bit is cleaned as often as is necessary – daily, weekly, monthly, 6-monthly etc
- I tackle a little bit each day, maybe 20 minutes or so (sometimes less!)
This means that my home never really gets the chance to become dirty. I’m not overwhelmed at the prospect of a day’s housework just to cut through the dust and grime. Visitors can arrive unannounced and I’m not embarrassed by how dirty my home is.
Better still, if I miss a day because I didn’t have time, wasn’t well enough or just had something more exciting to do, it doesn’t matter because the general level of cleanliness is good enough.
#5 Delegate chores
Everyone in your home, including your kids, can do their bit to help you around the home.
It will save you time and it’s a good set of skills for your kids to learn and get used to helping with. Just make sure that the chores are age appropriate and you’re willing to relinquish some control!
Let them sort and fold their own clean clothes, for example, and put them away in the drawers. The folding might not be as perfect as yours, but they’ve got to start somewhere and it will get better with practice!
Check out my post on kids and chores for more ideas.
#6 Check the bathroom whenever you walk past it!
Get into the habit of checking the bathroom regularly. It’s amazing how dirty the bathroom can get, particularly when there are little ones in the home! You can be sure there’ll be some drip or smear where there shouldn’t be one!
Every time you walk past the bathroom, give it a quick once-over. Wipe the surfaces with a baby wipe, pick up the towel from the floor and return the toilet roll to its holder!
This way the bathroom will always be presentable, without smears of toothpaste, soap and worse, should a guest arrive by surprise!
Work out how often you need to do a load of laundry and get into a routine of doing this as regularly as your household requires.
I tend to put a wash on every couple of days. I also make sure that the basket of clean clothes is folded, ironed if necessary, and put away before I go to bed that night.
This way everyone has a fresh supply of clean clothes and the dirty laundry doesn’t build up.
The ironing gets done once a week. I keep a separate laundry basket for clean clothes that need to be ironed and do this every weekend.
To make it more interesting for me, I usually iron whilst I’m listening to music, watching the TV, or monitoring the kids doing their homework!
#9 Make your bed every day
Everyone in our home makes their bed each morning. As it’s part of their normal daily routine, even the kids don’t even grumble about it!
It did take a while to get them into the routine of doing so and I can’t recall how many times I said ‘put the four corners of your duvet to the four corners of your bed’. Yet, the persistence paid off and they do it every day!
I always make my bed as it’s just part of the process of getting myself physically and mentally ready for the day.
It’s also surprising what a difference it can make to your room if your bed, at least, is neat and tidy!
#10 Develop structured morning and evening routines
What you do first thing in the morning and last thing in the evening can really set the tone for your day and night.
These two routines will book-end your day. No matter how crazy and busy your day gets, you know that your mornings and evenings will give you what you need to stay centred and calm.
What you do with your mornings and evenings is up to you but if you want some ideas then check out the following posts:
A NOTE ON KEEPING IT SIMPLE
These simple household routines will definitely save you time and energy whilst at the same time, keeping your home relatively clean and tidy.
However, although these routines are effective in themselves, there are 2 other points that it’s important to bear in mind…
- A clean and tidy home is easier if you have less stuff in it – It might be stating the obvious, but a clutter-free home has less stuff to move, clear away and tidy up. For some tips on how to tackle your clutter, check out this post on 20 ways to declutter your home.
- We’re not striving for perfection here – Your home is not a show home. It’s the hub of your family life and it’s a space that works hard for you. The only way it will ever be perfectly clean, is for you to either not live in it, or to spend your entire life cleaning. There’s so much more to life so clean enough will do!
ROUTINES HELP SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE
Most importantly, I believe that setting up routines for your home is a vital practical step to an intentional life.
You can learn more about this in my FREE short course,Your Intentional Life.
It’s not about the process of setting up the routines or whether the dishes and laundry get done. Instead it’s about taking an intentional step to free up your time and energy for other things in life which are most important to you…
Instead of thinking about the next bit of housework you need to do, think about the next book you’ll read or the next place you want to visit…