I will admit it, I am a neat freak. But after raising 3 sons, I've learned to relax some. As much as I love the accomplishment of a thoroughly clean house, no one wants to simply sit and stare at the tidiness (except me!), a home is to be lived in .And sometimes, living is messy!
When our boys were younger, sometimes their rooms would be utter disaster areas. Over and over I told them if they would keep things up, the room would not get in that shape. Some took my advice, some still enjoy living in a mess until forced to make a change!
There are a few things everyone can do every day to help ensure a tidy house.
Make the beds every morning. Simple and easy and makes a world of difference in the way the room looks and feels.
Right off in the morning do a load of laundry. This means wash, dry, fold and put away. Doing at least one load a day helps tame that laundry monster.
* Empty Trash
Empty all trash cans regularly. We do it every other day, more if needed.
Our first 25 years of marriage we did not have a dishwasher. Washing dishes through the day (after meals) and keeping them washed through dinner preparations, kept from always facing a sink load of dirty dishes. With a dishwasher, load up dirty dishes as soon as they have been used.
* Wipe Kitchen Counters
Keep your counters clear of clutter and wipe them down with hot soapy water. Do this after breakfast, lunch and dinner.
* Vacuum/Sweep Kitchen Floor
After dinner, vacuum or sweep the kitchen floor.
* Pick Up Rooms
Take a bit of time each day to keep each room picked up. You can do this in the morning or evening or both.
* Sort Through Mail
Do not just drop your mail on the counter. Go straight to the garbage can and sort your mail every single day. Throw out junk mail immediately. Put your bills and other important papers where they need to go.
Doing these small things can make a huge difference in your housekeeping. Try them for a while and watch them become some great habits!