You’ve just gotten home from work and walk into a house of chaos. Dirty dishes in the sink, half-eaten oatmeal-filled bowls on the counter and an unmade bed… Netflix, pajamas and a glass of red are calling your name, but you feel a nagging guilt to tend to the clutter. Sound familiar?
It’s extremely important to build the foundation of a clean home when you have the time (think major organization tasks you’d do over the weekend). But during the week, you want to interact with your family, relax and keep cleaning to a minimum.
That’s why I’m going to teach you how to keep your house organized with just a few simple day to day organization habits that require little time. It doesn’t have to take hours to maintain an organized home. With a few simple everyday tasks, you can clean a little and still enjoy your evenings! Here’s where to start.
Daily Home Organization Task #1 – Declutter the Counters
This may seem like an obvious task, and yet, it can be challenging. The key is to tackle your counters once and then maintain them as best as you can each morning or evening. Choose a five-minute window in which you have free time. Trust me, I know as a Mom those free minutes are far and few between, but hear me out!
Take your five minutes and do the following:
- Put the dishes away and load the dishwasher. If you don’t have a dishwasher, at least rinse off the dirty dishes to make your life easier later on when you’re washing them.
- Declutter your space. Mail? Go through it as soon as it comes in and file items where they belong. Knick-knacks? Store them where they’re out of sight, out of mind. (I use a “junk drawer” that is organized chaos but serves as a place to store odds and ends.)
- Add little personal touches that makes you smile. Whether that be treating yourself to a small bouquet of flowers, buying a pretty frame to hold a special family photo or showing off a MacKenzie-Childs piece, his will keep the counter bright and happy, and will serve as a positive space. I personally love fresh flowers!
BONUS TIP – Take a lemon that has dried up and use it to wipe down your counter space. Follow with a damp paper towel. This is a natural way to keep your kitchen counters fresh and clean.
Save this one for the weekend: how to organize your entire kitchen!
Daily Home Organization Task #2 – Make Your Bed
“A messy bed equals a messy head.” That’s what my mom always told my sister and me as we grew up as she begged us to make our beds. It is such an easy task that sets your day up for success.
Don’t let the job of making the bed linger. Do it immediately after waking so that you can’t create excuses to put it off. Keep your bedding simple and create a relaxing space that makes you take pride in your bedroom.
Get in the habit of making your bed every single morning. It’s an everyday task that will help keep your house organized easily all week long.
Daily Home Organization Task #3 – Put Things Away in Designated Baskets
Look for inexpensive baskets for your odds and ends. Each day, make sure the makeup makes it back into the “cosmetic” basket, the shaving cream gets put in the “husband” basket, and the 400 bobby pins find a home in their “hair accessory” tray. It only takes a couple of minutes to put things away when they have a specified home.
Have a plan in place prior to leaving for the day to make sure everything is in its designated basket. It will ensure you don’t have a huge mess to clean by the end of the week.
Daily Home Organization Task #4 – Keep a Home Organization To-Do List
You’re busy. I get it. Not everyone can be June-Cleaver clean on a daily basis. There are going to be bigger tasks that need more time and attention. Keep a home organization list that outlines the tasks that should be at the forefront of your mind.
This list serves as a reminder of what you can do when you have a little free time in your schedule.
Have fun with the paper for you choose for your home organization list. I love cute stationery. Whether it’s monogrammed or features a print you love, find something that is visually appealing. Cleaning out your closet for the summer is not necessarily fun, so make sure the paper your list is on is.