In the past few posts, we’ve tackled some common daily housekeeping tasks that most people can do on a daily basis to help their home and their lives run more smoothly.
Keeping a daily housekeeping schedule helps you to stay on top of the tasks that not only keep your home clean but also eliminate stress for you and your loved ones.
Most people under your roof only notice these tasks when they are left undone, because doing so is a stress causer. We want to eliminate as much stress as possible and also create a home environment that is both peaceful and clean.
So far we’ve covered laundry, finances, trash, dishes, toilet paper, pet care, making the bed, prepping dinner, and setting the coffeemaker. Today, let’s tackle a few more items on your daily housekeeping task list.
Ugh, right? The bathroom is my least favorite room to clean, next to doing laundry. I am not talking about doing a deep clean. We just want to do a quick cleaning job. If you will take a minute or two per bathroom to do a quick wipe down of the vanity, mirrors, and toilet, you’ll find that your bathroom appears clean most of the time.
Depending on how many bathrooms you have and how messy your family is, this task usually takes very little time per bathroom. I can wipe down all three of our bathrooms in under ten minutes total.
I like to use moistened sanitizing wipes to do the job. It makes it convenient and fast. If you have children and they are old enough to do so, you can delegate this task to them. My three kids are currently on a cleaning rotation with their shared bathroom. Each day, we wipe down the main mirrors, the countertop and sinks, and the toilet. Easy peasy.
2.Backpacks and lunches
Doing anything the night before saves time in the morning. It makes for a smoother morning and ensures you are ready for the next day’s responsibilities.
During the school year, I check the kids’ backpacks daily. I check to see if any fees or field trip money is due. I check to see if there are papers I need to sign. I check that the homework is completed. I also pack the kids lunches and snacks at this time.
Two of my three kids eat packed lunches we prepare at home. One of my kiddos eats cafeteria food at the school. Occasionally, my husband brings a lunch to work. If I tried to pack all of these in the morning before they leave, I know we would certainly run behind. We struggle with timeliness most days, so preparing these items the night before is a huge time saver for us.
Another task we’ve learned to do the night before is to decide what to wear the next day and get our clothes ready. My boys have not yet learned to match their outfits so well, so I usually help them in this area. We get everything ready for the next day, including socks, shoes, and seasonal items like coats, hats, and gloves.
I have failed more than a few times at making this preparation the night before, and that next morning is rough if we miss this task. I also prepare my own clothes, even if it’s just gym clothes. Doing this simple task is great for me and for anyone who is indecisive about what to wear. I save a great deal of time when I do this, and I feel more confident that my family and I look our best.
I have to admit that floor care is my downfall. I can deep clean a room, and yet somehow never get around to mopping or vacuuming. Because of this, I invested in what is now my very favorite household appliance- a robotic vacuum. This thing is AWESOME. It even gets under my sofa and under most furniture to places I never seem to get around to cleaning.
I run my vacuum once or twice a day, depending on how much dirt the kids are tracking in. It picks up pet hair, cat litter, and does a pretty descent job for being so small.
I use it on the main floor of our home because that is where our entry, kitchen, laundry room, and living room are, so this is our high traffic area. We have wood and tile floors on this level, so the robotic vacuum manages to keep our floors free of pet hair and dirt.
So, that’s it for my daily housekeeping tasks. I hope you have enjoyed and benefited from this four part series. If you haven’t already, please subscribe to my site and learn more tips and tricks on cleaning everything in your home. Read part 4 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.
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