- Deal with your mail as it comes in. I have a basket for incoming mail. I don't have little stacks all over the house. It has a place and it goes in that place. Junk mail goes into the recycling bin and anything that needs to be shredded is put in the shredder. I also have a filing and scanning basket. About every 2 weeks I go through my mail and scan what needs to be scanned. I file things away, attend to what needs to be attended to, pay bills online, etc.
- After taking my shower, I spritz the shower with cleaner and spray to rinse it. If you have glass enclosure you may want to squeegee to keep the glass sparkling. You can also take a Clorox or Lysol wipe and wipe down the commode. Another one to wipe down the bathroom sink. I also use automatic bleach tablets in the commode.
- Take the garbage out every day.
- Fill and run the dishwasher everyday. Wipe the counters and put the hand towel in the laundry and put out a fresh hand towel.
- Make your bed as soon as you get up.
- As you take off clothes, put them in the hamper or hang them back up. Don't drop clothes anywhere! Put them where they belong. Same with shoes. Don't just kick them off anywhere but take them off and place them in the closet where they belong.
- As you come in hang your coat up. Take receipts out of your purse and put them in the file basket. Put away anything you brought in with you. If it's bags of groceries - unload and put away the groceries. If it's your gym bag empty the dirty clothes into the hamper and put fresh items in, hen hang up the bag. If it's your lunch bag, throw away trash, put dirty dishes in the dishwasher and wipe out the lunch bag. If it's books, take them where they belong. In other words, as you come in, deal with, and put away, anything that comes in with you.
- Keep a box for collecting things to donate or for a yard sale. As you come across things that you need to get rid of, toss them in the donate or yard sale boxes. Regularly take donation items to charity.
- As you cook, tidy as you go. Wipe up spills, put away products after you've finished. If you get out the flour, then put it back when you are through. If you use rice, put it back when you're through. Place dishes in the dishwasher as you go. It's just as easy to put it in the dishwasher as it is to put it on the countertop.
- Try to declutter every time you go in and out of a room. If you see a glass on the coffee table, take it to the kitchen and put it in the dishwasher. If you find some pens lying around, snag them and place them in desk drawer. Make it a habit to straighten, put away and tidy up as you go around the house.
- Be sure to take time to update your calendar every day. Add appointments, cross off Things To Do, check to see what's coming up tomorrow. Whether you do this with a daytimer, physical calendar or computer calendar.
- Do at least one load of laundry every day. From start to finish, i.e. collect, sort, wash, dry, fold and put away at least one load.
- Remember your cleaning job is never complete until you put everything away. You have to put away the vacuum cleaner, rinse your mop and mop bucket, put away the cleaners, toss the cleaning rags in the hamper or washing machine. Put everything away.
- Think of something that helps keep your mind occupied while you clean. Maybe make a phone call and chat as you clean. Or use your earphones and play your favorite music and singalong. Put the TV on your favorite station. Listen to a book-on-tape. Just something to occupy your mind as you work.
- Each week, when you do your regular weekly cleaning, add a project that has to be done. Just one per week. For instance, one week you clean the refrigerator. Another week you vacuum lampshades and upholstery. The next week dust the baseboards. Etc. This keeps the extra jobs cycling through.
Monday, September 21, 2015
15 Habits To Help Your Household Run Smoothly
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