Do you ever wonder how your home can go from clean to disaster in less than 24 hours?
I sure do.
For instance, I woke up early last Monday to a perfectly spotless house. The coffee was brewing when I woke up so I drank it in peace while I read. Then I worked out, got ready, and had an extremely productive day. Everything just fell into place.
The following day, my kids and I stayed home all day. Since it was a rainy, dreary day, we just hung out and played. Fun was the name of the game!
But at the end of the day, our once spotless house had turned into a disaster area.
Toys were everywhere. Dirty clothes had been dumped on the ground because the basket was used as a go-cart. Dishes were all over the kitchen counter.
Can you relate?
You spend all weekend cleaning, folding laundry, doing yard work, getting ready for the work week. You’re proud of yourself for all that you accomplished and how great your home looks.
Then the next day…everything is out of place.
When all that work seems to be for nothing, it’s easy to start the blame game.
- To blame your kids for not putting their belongings in the right spot.
- To blame your spouse for being a pack-rat.
- To blame yourself for not being a better housekeeper.
- To blame your boss for the increase in workload so your energy is spent by the end of the day.
To blame. To blame. To blame…
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
There’s a secret to keeping your home clean.
That secret, my friend, is routine.
If you get into simple routines, set up a simple schedule, they will become habits. Those habits will whip your house back into shape in no time!
You see, last Tuesday, when I could barely find a place to walk without stepping on a toy, wasn’t the first time my house was messy. And it certainly won’t be the last. When the kids and I play…we PLAY!
This worked for us.
What seemed like an overwhelming task – getting our house back in order – was actually pretty easy.
We set our timer for 5 minutes and put those toys back where they belonged. Then we moved downstairs and the kids talked my ear off while I took a few minutes to clean up the kitchen. We made up the beds and vacuumed.
In less than 20 minutes, our house looked almost as good as it did the previous day.
Thankfully, my kids have learned that our 5 speed cleaning sections are just part of the routine. It’s what we do to maintain order and get things back where we belong. Of course, they’re still in the process of learning that’s complaining doesn’t speed up the process.
The 10 simple habits of keeping a clean home have become routine.
Those habit keep our home in reasonable shape.
They can work for you too!!
If you spend WAY too much time cleaning and picking up, let me suggest three things that can help:
- Sign up for the 10 Habits of a Clean Home mini series.
- Create a cleaning schedule that’s designed for your lifestyle and preferences.
- Clean something extra every day. You can follow along at Spring Cleaning 365 for motivation and ideas.
I want to challenge you to do at least one of those – preferably all three – and then send me a message one month from today to tell me how your cleaning routine has changed.
Set yourself up for success by implementing a simple routine and keep your home clean!