One of you said “I could not see myself waiting until the assigned day if it (chore) needed to be done right now.” Excellent point, my dear! Guess what? You don’t.
Within reason – writing a letter can wait a few days. Washing sheets can usually wait until Laundry Day. Meal Planning must not be done ASAP. But, a dirty pile in the floor? Yeah – do that.
There are certain chores that you need to do every single day to stay on top of things. Every. Single. Day.
I know some of you (like my friend, Simply Rebekah) are freaking out right now. GAH! Say it ain’t so?! Say I don’t have to clean EVERY DAY?!!? Lemme tell you a secret…
If you clean a little every day, you won’t be left with a behemoth mess – ever again. If you teach your children to clean every day, they won’t become overwhelmed at the task of cleaning up huge messes.
There are certain things I do every day to make my life easier – see if there is anything on this list that you might be able to tackle daily so that your house is always maintained:
- Wipe down bathroom counters
- Wipe down toilets
- Wipe down kitchen counters and kitchen table after each meal
- Load dishwasher immediately
- Wipe down the shower walls and ledge
- 4:30 pick up time
Come back down from your panic attack. Guess what? These tasks literally take mere MINUTES for you to do daily…but they take so much time off your cleaning in the long run. It literally takes me a minute to wipe down the bathroom counters every day. One minute. To say you don’t have time to do that task daily is not really true – everyone can come up with a single minute.
In Large Family Logistics, I learned a tip that helped me SO much in this area. Every time you go to the bathroom, do one thing. I’ll let that sink in a minute. This is in addition to that “thing” you went in there to do – whether to hide from the kids while you eat chocolate or to do #2.
Every time I go to the bathroom, I do something. I might wipe down the mirror (30 seconds?) or clean up toothpaste. Teach your children the same task – replace toilet paper immediately, wipe up water spills.
After each meal, I wipe down counters and the kitchen table. Dishes aren’t left in the sink, but immediately dealt with – either going in the dishwasher or being washed.
By doing this maintenance daily it means you won’t have to spend vast amounts of time cleaning. Because of this maintenance I’m able to deep clean my house on Cleaning Day in TWO HOURS beginning to end. That’s it.
Ways to make it easier
If you keep what you need at hand, you’ll be more likely to quickly wipe down a sink. I keep ecloth that I purchased from Milk Allergy Mom under every sink – in the full and half bath and under the kitchen sink. It’s within reach so I can whip it out, wipe something off, and put it back.
Before I get into the shower, I put a rag in there so that when I’m done, I can wipe everything down. This means I rarely have to deep clean my shower – mostly just scrubbing the floor of it once a week.
Keep a small basket caddy under the bathroom sink and put everything you need for the shower in it. Don’t keep bottles and such in the bathtub – it makes it so much harder to clean your shower and you’ll grow weird fuzzy animals in there if you leave stuff long enough. True story. When you’re done bathing, use your towel to wipe down the bottles used and replace them in the caddy. It literally takes seconds. (Soap can stay in the shower on a soap dish.)
What is pick-up time?
Around 4:30-4:45 (for us) there is pick-up time. It’s when toys are put away and the vacuum is used. That’s because I like my husband coming home to a house that doesn’t look like a scene from the movie Twister.
Does this always happen? No. But I always make my best effort.
It takes 15 minutes or less for everyone to pitch in and help.
After this, I let my children watch television. Yup. You heard me. I don’t believe television is the downfall of society. But, I do monitor what my kids watch.
This television time helps them wind down and they aren’t as CRAZY when Barry arrives home – it’s a bit more peaceful. Which, I know he appreciates. And I am able to get dinner done quickly without settling squabbles.
That might not work for you – you might choose something different, like art time our outside play…but that’s things we do all day long, so I throw out something different.
What are tasks that you can do daily to maintain your home?
See other posts in this series:
- Wash on Monday
- Clean on Tuesday
- Bake on Wednesday
- Town on Thursday
- Office Day on Friday
- Get Ahead on Saturday
- FAQs for Chores
- Each Day Has Its Own Proper Chores
- What Would Ma Ingalls Do?
- Embracing Your Inner June Clever