If you are anything like me, cleaning the house, or keeping it picked up, is your biggest nightmare. I’m not going to lie, I’m lazy. I hate cleaning. I hate that it takes two seconds and the house is destroyed. While I hate it, I know it’s something that I have to get a grip on asap before kids are in the picture. To go along with my hatred of cleaning, being organized is something that I struggle with as well. Earlier this week I shared a post on how to be more organized in everyday life. Today I am diving in deeper to one of my tips and sharing with you a housekeeping guide for the lazy gal. I hope these tips help make things easier for you.
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Here is your housekeeping guide for the lazy gal:
Tip 1: Find a place for everything //
When everything has a place, then it’s easier to keep things from getting cluttered. Create a designated area for coats, shoes, purses, and keys to avoid clutter at the back door. The same goes for your kitchen. Have a place for all of your pots, pans, cooking utensils, casserole dishes, and more. This avoids things from sitting around on your kitchen counters.
Tip 2: Control the paperwork //
Paperwork is our biggest challenge. Everyday we get a ton of mail that ranges from flyers to junk mail to bills. It’s important to have a specified place for mail that needs to be open, needs to be paid, and needs to be filed. At the end of each week, take all of the papers that need to be filed and file them. If you are good at remembering when your bills are due, sign up for paperless billing. What’s great about paperless billing is that you receive an email when your bill is near its due date. You can go online and download the pdf file for print if you ever need a copy of your bill.
Tip 3: Make your bed everyday //
I love having a made bed. It makes my room feel so put together and neat. While I am super guilty of oversleeping and jumping straight out of bed, I love the look of a made bed. It’s also a calming feeling when it is time to go to bed and you peel back the sheets to climb in.
Tip 4: Do your dishes immediately //
There is nothing worse than waking up to a dirty kitchen. In order to avoid the overwhelming feeling of a messy kitchen be sure to load the dishwasher and wash all dishes immediately after dinner. It takes 10-15 minutes to clean up a dirty kitchen and then you can spend the rest of the evening relaxing instead of thinking about ‘should I clean the kitchen or not’. Cleaning your kitchen immediately will also change your mood on cooking when you get home from work. Nobody wants to clean the kitchen after a long day of work just to turn around and dirty it up again.
Tip 5: Wipe down countertops daily //
This goes right along with all the previous tips. Wiping down the countertops not only in the kitchen but in the bathroom will hold you accountable to put things in their place immediately so that you can wipe it all down. Wiping down the counters will also help keep things looking nice and tidy but it will cut down on germs too.
Tip 6: Sweep often //
While you are cleaning your kitchen and wiping everything down, you might as well get the sweeper out and sweep your floors. Our best investment was purchasing the cordless Dyson animal control vacuum. It attaches to our wall and is always in eyesight so that we don’t forget to vacuum. I love that it has high suction and is cord free. This makes it super easy to quickly go through the house and tidy up.
Tip 7: Create a schedule //
In addition to all of the above tips, creating a cleaning schedule is a great reminder to get all of the other cleaning tasks done. Most calendars have a today’s top 3 so be sure to put the daily cleaning task in one of those 3 spots.