I get it.
Life is crazy hectic and sometimes, you feel you can’t keep up with the housework. Or maybe you feel that way all the time? I hover in the middle, between ‘Wow, I have most my list finished!’ and ‘I have no idea how I got through today!’
If I’m honest, I mostly wing it.
But I DO have some tips that help me stay ahead of housework and when my days get packed, these tips save my sanity!
Here they are in no particular order:
1. Straighten the night before.
I cannot tell you how refreshing it is to go to bed knowing I do not have to wake to a dirty sink or blankets strewn all over my couch.
Taking the time to pick up before bed will ALWAYS be worth it, no matter how much time you devote to it.
Plus, you sleep better knowing your house is cleaner. (The sound of the dishwasher running lulls me to sleep.) 🙂
Tip: Have each member of the family take something(s) to their room on their way to bed. Saves you a trip!
2. Do a quick sweep in the morning.
After I return home from dropping our daughters off at school, and before I settle in my office for the day, I pick up each room.
I can’t work when my house is messy. It doesn’t have to be spotless—it usually isn’t—but it does have to be presentable.
It never takes me very long to clean in the mornings. (I deep clean on Saturdays.) If I have straightened the night before then my cleaning in the morning is a breeze!
Tip: Use a decorative basket to gather all your kid’s paraphernalia and have them put it away when they come home. My cleaning time has been cut in half since I started doing this!
3. Do one load of laundry a day.
I will be the first to say I don’t always do this. But I try. I hate when anyone comes to me at bedtime saying they are out of something so I do my best to stay ahead of the demand.
If I can’t do a load a day, I designate 2-3 “laundry days” a week where I do up a few loads throughout the day. This works well for me, too.
Make sure you set a timer so you do not get caught up on work and forget.
Tip: if you have children, leave their clothes in piles on the table or their bed for them to put away. This will save you time and will give them responsibility. (Unless it’s summertime and they can take over laundry completely.) 🙂
4. Start dinner early.
I do not enjoy being in the kitchen; I would rather be writing. 🙂 But, I love food and so does my family, so I have to designate time for dinner each day.
However, if I can take shortcuts—even better! I am a HUGE lover of both crock-pots and the Instant Pot! (I also like to make enough to have dinner for two days. We eat the leftovers later in the week; it really helps when my week is crazy busy!)
There’s nothing I love more than to start dinner in the morning and smell the aromas of a hearty meal wafting through my house near dinner time. It’s a small piece of Heaven! And our kids love coming home to the smell, too.
Tip: Spend one day a month meal-prepping. Then, all you have to do is choose your meal, throw everything in the crock-pot and voila, you’re done!
5. Turn on some music and dance!
I know working out is not really housework, but it is usually on a list somewhere. Why not clean AND workout? Dancing is my FAVORITE way to work out and having music on while you work will keep you motivated. (Make sure it’s peppy stuff!)
When you incorporate this with your kids, it takes an oft-hated chore and turns it into a fun, memory-making time together.
Tip: Pandora has so many channels you can choose from; we love the Disney channel and Broadway!
What are some ways you save time in your daily routine? Tell me in the comments!
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