Today, let's dive into the seven daily habits that can transform your home into a welcoming space, ready for any unexpected visitor or crazy overwhelm. Now, let's be real, achieving 100% cleanliness is an ongoing project. Life happens, like just getting over the flu. But fear not, even with a stuffy nose and a little cough, we can still make our homes feel clean and inviting. So, take a moment, sit back, and let me share seven game-changing tips that have turned my house around. Get ready to make a big difference in your space!
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So, let's talk about the first thing that's important - routines. As homemakers, having routines in our daily homemaking is crucial. Every day can be different, you never know what surprises await you. That's why having small routines that we can work through is so helpful. Take making the bed, for example. It's something I try to do every single day, though I haven't gotten to it yet today. But it's part of my homemaking routine. Another routine for me right now is making sure we have enough firewood for our fireplace. We're using it to supplement our heat, you see. I don't have to do it every day, maybe every other day or whenever it works for my situation at the time.
Now, let's talk about the seven things that I believe should be daily habits. These only take me about an hour throughout the entire day as long as I do them consistently. The great thing about these seven daily things is that if you miss a day or even a whole week due to being sick or any other reason, you can easily hop right back into it. One way I like to do that is by starting with one task at a time.
Alright, so the first thing on my daily to-do list is to "put the kitchen to bed." Now, this might not be as important for you, but for me, it's a game-changer. Trust me, waking up to a functional kitchen makes me feel like a better human being. On the flip side, waking up to a messy kitchen with dishes everywhere and trash on the counters...well, let's just say it's not the greatest start to the day.
So, what exactly does "putting the kitchen to bed" mean? It's basically about closing down the kitchen, just like you would in any food service job. For me, it involves loading the dishwasher, wiping down the counters, and sweeping the floor. Sometimes, I let my furry friends take care of the sweeping, because, let's be honest, who wants to do that in the morning?
Oh, and don't forget about that stove! I have an induction stove top, so getting it all clean and ready for the next day is a total must. No one wants to wake up to burning smells in the house, right?
Closing down the kitchen doesn't have to be a big production. It's simply about putting things back where they belong and making sure the kitchen is ready to go for the next day. That way, when I wake up in the morning, I can easily make Andy's lunch (if I haven't done it already) or whip up some breakfast and coffee.
Trust me, there's nothing worse than having to clean the kitchen before you can even think about breakfast. Let's avoid that, shall we?
The next task on our daily to-do list is a simple yet impactful one: wiping down the toilet. Not only does this make your house feel cleaner, but it also helps to keep it less germ-infested. Let's face it, toilets can be pretty gross, and the longer you go without cleaning them, the grosser they get.
Here's what I've discovered: if you give the toilet a quick wipe every day and do a swish with the toilet brush on the inside, it stays cleaner and the bathroom smells much better. You won't have to deep clean the toilet as often, and you can say goodbye to scrubbing off dried-up gunk. Trust me, toilets are gross, so a daily wipe-down makes it so much easier.
Now, here's a tip to make it a habit: connect it to another part of your routine. For example, if you shower in the morning, why not wipe down the toilet before you hop in? It's like killing two birds with one stone - getting clean and tackling the nastiest part of your home.
Alright, let's talk about the next item on our list of seven daily things. Number three is sinks. This applies to both the kitchen and the bathroom. So, what we want to do is give them a quick swipe down. It's just a simple task that helps everything run smoothly so you don't have to deal with the hassle of deep cleaning. Let's keep those sinks clean and prevent any grossness from building up!
When it comes to tubs and showers, let's keep it real - we don't have to scrub them every single day! A quick wipe-down is all it takes to maintain their cleanliness. Here's a little secret: I keep a Magic Eraser in my shower, giving me the perfect excuse to stay in there a few minutes longer. With just a splash of water, I effortlessly wipe down the walls and shower doors. Now, if you're not using the tub every day, don't stress about cleaning it daily. Focus on the things we use all the time. I have a bathroom that's mainly for guests, so I don't shower there every day. However, I do make sure to give it a good wipe-down at least once a week to banish any dust and keep it fresh for unexpected visitors.
Number five is gonna be doing one load of laundry a day. It's gonna help us keep things fun and get everything caught up. Plus, clean underwear and socks for everyone! Here's the trick: start with an easy load, like towels or blankets. Then tackle the harder stuff, like matching socks and folding clothes. It may not be the most exciting task, but it'll prevent laundry madness every single day. As you catch up, the loads will get smaller and quicker to do. Imagine a tiny load that only contains four pairs of socks - easy peasy to match! On the other hand, a huge load with a month's worth of socks? That's a headache we want to avoid. So let's stay on top of it, shall we?
Number six, let's tackle the 10-minute declutter challenge! Pick any zone in your home that's causing you chaos or stress. For me, it's the cluttered kitchen table, the messy island with its own little bar, the bedside table, the dresser, and the entry table. Those sneaky spaces love to collect clutter! But fear not, my friends. Spend just 10 minutes (or even less!) decluttering one of those areas each day, and you'll keep your home in tip-top shape. Sure, your table might be a hot mess for a couple of days, but with a quick 10-minute clean-up, it'll be good as new. Now, let's find your hot zones. Look around your house and ask yourself, "What brings me stress?" And let's add those stress-inducing areas to our 10-minute declutter sessions.
Oh, and if you're one of those amazing minimalists with everything perfectly organized and in its rightful place, my hats off to you! But don't worry, there's still something for you. Use these 10 minutes for a deep clean of something in your house. It'll level up your cleaning routine overall. Maybe on Mondays, you tackle the dust. On Tuesdays, it's all about those sparkling windows. You get the idea. And hey, if you decide to clean the vacuum, just know it might take longer than 10 minutes in my book. But hey, as long as you do it regularly enough, you'll be golden. Let's conquer that clutter, folks!
And finally, the last thing on your list of seven daily tasks is to vacuum or sweep. I enjoy vacuuming my entire house since I have linoleum floors. I just grab the vacuum and go through the whole place. The best part about vacuuming or sweeping every day is that you don't have to do it perfectly each time. Today, I might vacuum all the carpeted floors or just focus on high-traffic areas like the front door, hallway, and the space between my living room and dining room. I may skip the bedroom this time. You don't have to tackle it all in one day, which is why I love the concept of the seven daily tasks. It allows us to do a little bit every day, just like the saying goes, "How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time." That's exactly what we're doing with the seven daily tasks.
If you have any questions or something you'd like to add to the list, let me know! I'm all ears and would love to hear what you think is important to do every day. This list can be customized to fit your household. For example, maybe you don't have a washer and dryer at home. No worries, been there! You can set your laundry aside and have someone else take care of it for you (can you say laundry service?) or just go on your planned day to get it all done at once. But switch this task out with something else that helps your home. What else can we add to this list? Maybe it's cleaning off your nightstand, picking up toys in the kids' room, or washing an extra load of dishes every day. Whatever it is, we can make it work! If you want a copy of this list, you can grab it here, print it out, stick it on your fridge or forehead, or whatever.
Oh, and guess what? I've also created a habit tracker specifically for this list. It's got a 7-day tracker and a monthly tracker that you can download.