January 1, 2014
Start Here. – 4 Things To Do Every Day (Daily Cleaning Tasks)
Happy 2014! Let’s make this the year we finally get it all clean and organized!
It’s week one of Start Here. – I’m so excited to start with you! If you didn’t see the first post and grab the free printable, go back to the post for the full overview and explanation here. If you want to follow along on Instagram or post your own progress, I’d love it if you used the hash tag #cmstarthere
You’ll notice on the schedule/calendar that there are 4 things in each day spot. These are the 4 daily tasks that I always complete. They take a couple minutes, but add up to big results in the scheme of a clean and tidy home. Keep reading for a little explanation…
Most days I need to at least do a quick sweep of the hardwood floors on our first level. Sometimes I need to haul out the vacuum cleaner and do a little touch up, but most of the time it’s just a once-over with my sweeper. My kids are in charge of crumb clean-up under the kitchen table with a little mini broom and dust pan.
I wipe the kitchen counters after each meal and I check the bathroom counters daily and if they need to be wiped down, I give them a little wipe down. I use this method for kitchen counter clean up and keep bar mop towels in a cute jar for easy access and great wipe-down capability.
Clutter is different for every person and family. If you have a big clutter problem you could use this item on your list to get some decluttering done every day. Make a list of all your little clutter areas and then every day spend 15 minutes knocking them off your list. For me, I use this time to sort through daily mail and papers. I need to deal with paper clutter every day to keep up with it and not let it get out of control. (If you struggle with paper clutter too, we’ll be covering a lot of paper clutter in this series, so stay tuned!)
I do at least one load of laundry every.single.day. I know it sounds annoying and monotonous, but for me it’s the only way to stay on top of the potential piles and piles of laundry. So this is how it usually goes – Monday – kid clothes, Tuesday – adult clothes, Wednesday – cleaning rags and dishtowels, Thursday – kid clothes, Friday – adult clothes, Saturday – sheets and towels, Sunday – anything that’s unfinished. What’s the key to making one load a day work? Actually starting AND finishing a whole load of laundry every day. Don’t let it pile up in a corner or on a table or couch or bed. Start it and finish it. It’s a great process to master because you will have clean clothes at the ready at any time and you shouldn’t have to iron as often if the clothes are put away right away.
So how’s the routine-ing coming along? Any questions on the 4 daily tasks?
Want to join in on the fun? Grab a FREE cleaning and organizing calendar for January and give it a go. Follow along all month for motivational posts and tips to keep up with the daily and weekly tasks. New here? I’ll be explaining the tasks more in the next week – it’ll be fun and easy to implement, I promise!
Want to make 2014 the year that you cleaned and organized everything? Me too!
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