Setting up routines to manage your home and stay on top of the chores can save you lots of time and energy. Doing things regularly, little and often, will keep the clutter and mess away and your home won’t really get the chance to get that dirty! It won’t take you long to get everything done that you NEED to do so you have more time and energy to do the things that you WANT to do, and still have a lovely clean home as well! If this sounds good, then check out my 10 easy routines to keep the home clean and tidy.
YOUR HOME DOESN’T HAVE TO BE A BURDEN
So often our homes can drain our energy and our time. We have to spend time looking after them, cleaning them and tidying up the stuff in them. When you’ve got a family, it can seem like a never-ending cycle! But there are ways to make looking after your home so much easier with just a little bit of planning, structure and routine.
To make it really easy for you and seem far less overwhelming, here are my top 10 easy routines to keep your home clean and tidy.
Have a read, try them out and see what works for you and your family!
10 EASY ROUTINES TO KEEP THE HOME CLEAN AND TIDY
#1 Wash the dishes after you’ve used them
Once you’ve finished eating, get into the habit of washing the dishes, glasses and cutlery then and there. It will take 5-10 minutes instead of piling it all up in the sink throughout the day for you to do in the evening. There are plenty of things that you can do in the evening instead of washing up! 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.
#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 it 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.
#3 Clean up after every snack and meal
Wipe down the kitchen surfaces whilst your 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. I’ve worked out how many rooms are in my home, what needs to be cleaned in each of them and how often and 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.
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 and, 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 getting your kids to help around the home for some 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 when there are little ones in the home! You can be sure they’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 and I always make sure that the basket of clean clothes is folded, ironed if I have to, and put away before I go to bed that night. This way everyone has a fresh supply of clean clothes, the dirty laundry doesn’t build up and I’m not faced with an early morning frantic rummage through masses of clean, but unsorted clothes looking for a missing sock or school shirt.
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 whilst I’m listening to music, watching the TV, or monitoring the kids whilst they do their homework!
#9 Make your bed every day
Everyone in our home makes their bed each morning and because it’s part of their normal daily routine, 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’ but 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 physically and mentally ready for the day. And it’s 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 so 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 focused. What you do with your mornings and evenings is up to you but if you want some ideas then check out the following posts: