I’ve given up on spotless. I miss spotless. We were best friends.
No joke, as a single person I had the most perfectly put together home in the WORLD. I think it was an overreaction to growing up in a crowded household of 6 children. I vowed it would ALWAYS BE SO.
Then, of course, I had children…and pets…and friends…and kid debris…and The Todd debris… So now I go for clean and accept a little messy. Seriously, let’s strive torwards sanitary and everything else is gravy, right? (Of course, that could be gravy on the light fixture in the kitchen. I haven’t gotten close enough to be sure.) With this is mind, here’s 5 crucial habits that home organizers recommend that’ll keep us at least sanitary.
5 Habits Of A Clean Home
1. Do a 15 minute pickup every night before bed. An oldie but always there for a reason. There’s nothing worse (or more unsanitary) than waking up to pans stacked in the sink with congealing grease and tomato sauce crusting on the plates. The sight of a clear living room floor when you stagger out of bed is soooo much better than stepping on a stray Lego in your bare, vulnerable foot. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Just…picked up.
2. Wash, dry and PUT AWAY one load of laundry a day. I’m hanging my head in shame because I have 4 baskets of laundry squatting malevolently in my bedroom, waiting for me to put it all away. It’s not usable if it’s in a basket–it just means the kids will paw through it to find a clean shirt and all your neatly folded items end up on the floor.
3. Toss the trash. Sounds obvious, but one of the main sources of clutter is all that stupid little stuff you forget to throw away–tags off a new sweat, wrappings from a package. Throw it away right then.
4. Create a command central. You have slots for mail to be processed. For notes to be signed for school. For a calender with everyone’s schedules. Hopefully the Family Binder that holds All Things. (If you missed that post, click here. It will save your life.) No more searching for that missing bill or elusive appointment card.
5. Establish a cleaning schedule. I can’t do a Big Cleaning on Saturday–that’s usually crammed with radio appearances and kid’s games. But Monday is better. So I change sheets and clean the bathrooms. Tuesday is mopping and vaccuuming. And so on. Schedule one or two things a day and it all gets done. Try to tackle the whole house in one day and everyone is exhausted and resentful.
Bonus habit: I scrub and shine the sink every night. It makes me so happy to see it in the morning. What is your bonus habit?