With kids in tow, it can be difficult to maintain order – especially if you have a busy schedule. (Who doesn’t?) Having routines in place can help streamline everything, including cleaning and general organization.
Doing a little bit of cleaning each day is a lot more manageable and less stressful than having a “catch-up” cleaning day every week or two.
Morning and Evening Routines
Having an evening routine in which you prepare for the next morning is an excellent way to make your mornings more peaceful. A few ideas to consider:
- Get clothes ready for the next day. Choose your own outfit and those for small children. Have older kids lay out their clothes. Make sure all the basics are covered – tops, bottoms, socks and underwear – even sweaters if it will be cold.
- What’s for breakfast? You don’t have to cook it of course, but get out the necessary supplies and dishes for the most important meal of the day. Have it all out and ready to go.
- Check the calendar. What’s going on tomorrow? Check now and gather anything you’ll need for appointments or activities the next day. Got the Violin for music class? Gym bag?
- Backpacks and bags at the ready. Kids’ homework and book bags packed and ready to go. Don’t forget your purse, mom!
- At the end of each day, have the family work together to pick up any clutter and toys. You can have each person do a room or two and have it done in 15 minutes each.
- Laundry and dishes. Before you go to bed, load the dishwasher and washer to run while you sleep. In the morning, all you have to do is switch the clothes over to the dryer to run while you get ready and put away the dishes. You’ll start off each day with clean laundry and a clean kitchen!
Deep Cleaning – A Chore A Day
When it comes to the chores like vacuuming, dusting, and the like: tackle just one chore a day to keep on top of them all. Vacuuming and sweeping can be done on the days where you have a little more time. Quick chores like dusting can be done on even really busy days!
- Empty garbage cans
- Clean out the refrigerator
- Clean out the car
- Wash windows
- Clean bathrooms
Don’t feel like you have to assign a chore to a certain day of the week – just rotate through them as you can. If you miss a day, don’t panic: just pick up where you leave off. If you are in the “cleaning mood” you can do more than one. Be flexible.
Take back your Saturdays with daily routines that keep your home in order!
May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!