Everyday there is a mess somewhere in our house. With two kids and two dogs, there is no such thing as a perfectly clean room in our home.
But how do you stay on top of it?
I use my one hour + five task clean up method every single day. This helps me stay on top of our household without ever feeling like I’m drowning with house chores.
The trick is to set aside one hour every single day to get stuff done. Whether in the morning, afternoon or before bed. Whatever works in your household. Make sure though you give yourself one hour uninterrupted. I do it after breakfast, when my kids usually have quiet time. They end up helping me, which is great bonding time. Plus, the little bit of extra help makes it easier. If that is a fail, I have nap time. The most important part of this all is to always make sure you have the time you need.
After you’ve decided your schedule. You need to create your task list. So this can be done the night before, or first thing in the morning. If you want to take the extra step, plan out what you want to achieve the next few days instead of just one day at a time. I switch mine up, depending on our schedule that week.
All you have to do the day of is pick your tasks. Pick five and get them done! For today my tasks were:
- Put one load of laundry in
- Fold one load of laundry
- Tidy playroom
- Vacuum upstairs
- Wipe down kids bathroom
From 7:30-8:30 I managed to get them all done, then spent the morning at the Mall running errands and avoiding the rain. Setting aside time everyday allows me to feel successful. Gives me satisfaction that I’m getting chores while helping keep my stress down.
There will be days where you go over an hour and that is ok! Evaluate your tasks and understand which take more time. Maybe you need a day to only do ONE task in that hour. Go for it! Sometimes you need an hour to clean a bathroom or two. Or organize a room. When making your to-do list. Prioritize from most important to least. And look ahead at your schedule. If you know later in the week you will have a ton of time in the day to get lots done. Save the big task for that particular day.
Or if you have a day where you get done your tasks faster, either do another task or enjoy the fact you didn’t have to spend a whole hour cleaning. Go out and do something fun!
Set aside your hour, pick your five tasks. Crank the tunes and GO!
Thanks for reading,