People Who Always Have a Clean House
It’s funny you posted this because I’ve been trying hard to be better at this lately and thought about blogging about it (one idea on your list…you can put your bathroom things away while you are brushing your teeth and then it doesn’t take any extra time).
I think this is a great thing to teach kids, as well. My boys are scouts, and they teach them to “leave no trace” (i.e., leave the campsite even better than you found it). A good idea for home as well. :o)
One thing I want to get better at is handling mail, paperwork, etc. I want to sort, file, shred, and recycle daily instead of letting things pile up.
It’s really amazing how much you can get done in 15 mins if you try! I managed to fold and put away a load of laundry, dress my toddler, and fix her hair, and empty and reload the dishwasher! Wow!
Great tips! I’ve noticed it’s much easier to clean as you go rather to wait for things to get out of hand.
I’m the same way. Some other things I do:
1. Open the mail and throw out junk mail right away. I don’t let it all pile up. It takes only a few minutes a day and lessens the piles around the house.
2. As I'm cooking, I clean up anything that I’ve used. This way, at the end of the meal, when I’m full and don’t feel like doing anything, the kitchen is already clean from cooking, and I only have the dishes to put in the dishwasher.
I stopped my reading, set the timer for 15 minutes, all my paper shredding is done, and my entire office is “tidy” with bare spaces! Feels good!
I ‘m with you on making beds, it makes the room instantly cleaner, and it’s so much more fun to get into a crisp “made” bed, instead of trying to straighten out the covers as you climb in!
We have mail wars at my house. I toss EVERYTHING the minute I collect it from the box. Spouse tosses NOTHING. When I was home before him, he complained that I threw out all the “good stuff” (read ads & junk mail) and was convinced that I was tossing important mail along with. After I threw up my hands & agreed he can sort the mail first, my home has become a giant rubbish bin. I must spend at least an hour every Saturday sorting through the paper he collects during the week, putting bills and notices on his desk and tossing the rest. Please don’t even get me started on his obsession with shredding, and the mountains of items qued up for the shredder because he always has more than the motor can handle. The point is, I frustrate him when I take care of it right away and frustrates me when he doesn’t. In the end, it’s just best to close your eyes and delegate some tasks to the house fairies and hope for the best.