Do you feel overwhelmed by clutter and constant housework? If you do, I have good and bad news for you. The bad news: Housework never really ends. The good news: You can declutter and create a quick, streamlined daily cleaning plan to help keep everything manageable.
First, let’s examine what things cause you the most daily stress? Is it the laundry, the dishes, the finances? Let’s address those areas first.
To get a better handle on these areas, we’re going to create a daily plan of attack. For my family of five, laundry is a daily activity. I do one load of laundry from start to finish everyday. If your family is small, that may be too frequent for you. You might be able to do a load of laundry every other day.
Try starting small and seeing if you need to move it up in frequency. I take all of the laundry throughout the house to the laundry room every morning. Then, I start a load in the washer. By evening, I dry, fold and put them away.
If I stay on top of this daily, things run much smoother for us. For bedsheets, I have two sets for every bed. If we wash sheets one day, we immediately put on the fresh set as soon as we strip off the dirty set. That way, no one has to wait until the laundry is done to make the bed. Each of my kids have one fresh set of sheets in their rooms at all times.
Now, let’s look at another common complaint. Not knowing what is in your checking account and how much is allotted for what purpose can be very stressful. This is how I approach the checkbook. My husband works outside the home, while I stay home to raise the kids and blog.
In the 19 years we’ve been married, I’ve always managed the checkbook and made sure the bills are paid on time. If this is your responsibility, I can give you a few tips on how I streamline the process. I pay bills twice a month on each payday.
I balance the checkbook and check our balances daily. I also keep a little index card in the checkbook register for my notes. On this index card, I note exactly what amount is in the checking account and for what purpose. For example, it might look something like this:
4.Electric bill: 235.00
You get the idea. I have done this for years, and if we ever had an emergency, my husband can pull out the checkbook and see exactly what is in there and for what purpose. As we spend daily, I subtract and update those numbers. As long as I stay on top of this, it takes me less than ten minutes to balance the checkbook daily.
Another common area of stress for most moms is dishes. Let’s streamline this problem and make it easier on you. To do that, you need to create a schedule that you follow daily to stay on top of this issue.
I personally like to load and run our dishwasher overnight while we sleep. Then, my very first chore I do every morning is to unload and put away those clean dishes. This way we start with an empty dishwasher each morning that we fill all day long.
This approach works well for our family. Another tip I have is that I never go to bed with any dirty dishes left undone. We all know that sometimes we fill our dishwashers to capacity and still have leftover dishes that won’t fit. If this happens, I always hand wash those and let them air dry overnight while the dishwasher runs. I personally like waking up to a clean sink and clean dishes to start the day. Try this and see if it helps you!
So, there you have it. I have created a daily plan for three important areas that cause me stress if I leave them undone. I am writing this post as a series, so stay tuned as we tackle more daily housekeeping tasks and how to streamline the process to gain control over the clutter.
Subscribe to my blog for more updates in this series as well as tips and tricks to clean everything in your home. Read part 2 in this series here.
Need to deep clean? I have lists for you to guide you along.
My How to Deep Clean Your Kitchen list can be found here.
My How to Deep Clean Your Bathroom list can be found here.
My How to Deep Clean Your Kids’ Rooms list can be found here.
My How to Deep Clean Your Living Room list can be found here.
My How to Deep Clean Your Bedroom list can be found here.
Also, to keep up the general housework, you may need to create a daily housekeeping schedule that suits your specific needs. To do so, I have created a helpful series you can read here.
Need to Declutter Every room? I have declutter checklists for every room and every space in your home to guide you along below.
How to Declutter the Guest Room or Your Kid’s Room checklist can be found here.
How to Declutter Your Laundry Room and Patio checklist can be found here.
How to Declutter Your Coat Closet/Hall Closet/Linen Closet checklist can be found here.
How to Declutter Your Home Office checklist can be found here.
How to Declutter Your Attic checklist can be found here.
How to Declutter Your Garage checklist can be found here.
How to Declutter Your Living Room checklist can be found here.
How to Declutter Your Kitchen Checklist can be found here.
How to Declutter Your Entry/Foyer/Mudroom checklist can be found here.
How to Declutter Your Clothing checklist can be found here.
How to Declutter Your Bedroom checklist can be found here.
How to Declutter Your Bathroom checklist can be found here.
Need some Inspiration to Declutter? Join us for the Year Long Through Declutter Series by subscribing by email below. To subscribe, just leave a comment below.
More Tips Below…
New to deemiddleton.com and don’t know where to start? I recommend going in this order:
Step 1: Check out this post on the 1st step you should take to get organized. Also, you can get the complete digital printable copy of the Year Long Thorough Declutter Series Calendar and Checklists here. The printable digital download is delivered to your email. It includes 25 pages of printable calendar pages and checklists to help you declutter every room in your home.
Step 2: Create a daily Housekeeping Schedule. You can use this series to start to set up your own schedule. You can also use this simplified weekly schedule.If you often ask: What is the fastest way to clean a dirty house? Or, if you struggle to get organized and have tried and failed time and again, you can likely find out which of these 11 reasons cause you to fail to get organized.
Step 3: How do you remove clutter?.…Sign up for the Declutter Series and get your entire home decluttered in just 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week.”Declutter Your Home” checklists are provided in each email.
Step 4: What is the fastest way to clean a dirty house? Use a timer and use the Deep Cleaning Checklists above. They will help you get your home sparkling after you’ve decluttered.
Interested in becoming a full-time blogger like me? Check out my blogging series. At the top of every page on my blog, you’ll find a drop down menu. Just select the BLOGGING category.
Check out the most popular posts on deemiddleton.com:
Also, check out a great post on decluttering over here from becomingminimalist.com. Joshua Becker has some great tips on decluttering and minimalism.
For further reading, check out the fly lady here. She has some great cleaning and decluttering ideas plus excellent organization tips to get you started.