Use a Daily Cleaning Checklist to Simplify Your Life
As a working mom, I knew it was important to get chores done every day; otherwise, things would pile up and add to the stress of life. Now, as a stay at mom (I’ve been a stay at home mom for a whole week!!), I think it’s easier to get out of a routine. I have put together a daily cleaning checklist. It will help me stay on track, and in the long run, will simplify my life, and hopefully yours.
Set Cleaning Goals
Did you know your goals are more likely to be achieved if you write them down? This applies to long term goals and small daily goals, like chores to get done. With this in mind, I sat down and thought of all of the chores I try to get done in one day. I took this list and typed it out so I can use it over and over. I printed it off, put it in a sheet protector, and am keeping it in my 3 ring binder.
It is doable to get all of the things on this list done in one day, even if you work. I didn’t put a bunch of unrealistic things on this list, so make sure you grab your own copy! Print it off and keep it where you can see it.
Doing chores seems time consuming and we often put them off. This just results in a bigger mess to deal with. When things are cleaned up before I go to bed, I get to wake up and not be bothered by a mess; I just get ready for the day and I’m on my way. The same applies to coming home from work to a tidy home. So much grumbling goes on in my head when I walk in the door from a long day of work and the mess is still there.
This list that I made is pretty self explanatory but I would like to touch on a few areas. For the bedrooms, the biggest deal to me is making sure things are getting put away. In our house this mostly means laundry and toys. My daughter is at the age where she can help pick things up a bit, so we pick up her toys before her nap, and before bedtime. This helps keep her toys organized, keeps me from stepping on them in the middle of the night, and teaches her a good habit.
The Kitchen and the Living Room
The kitchen and the living room are a big deal to me. If the kitchen and living room are clean, I feel much more relaxed. I do my best to load the dishwasher and run it each night; then, when I wake up I unload the dishes. When I worked, this strategy made it much easier to come home and have a clean kitchen to get dinner started in.
I think you know, by now, that I have two large dogs. This makes vacuuming the living room a must. They are in this room most of the day and I think Thor loses a pound of hair each day, no matter what season it is. Don’t let his cuteness fool you.
My Secret Weapon
I have a secret… I have a Roomba. It’s a little robot vacuum. It was a gift from my husband and helps me out a TON. I run it at least once a day and it goes through the dining room, kitchen, and living room. It has some trouble getting up on the rug so I vacuum that and the couches myself. It also gets stuck under things so I don’t let it go in the bedrooms. Not everyone has this luxury, but seriously, if you are ever able to, you should purchase one for yourself. Otherwise, I use this Shark Navigator, which is amazing if you have pets. I did a ton of research before buying this and highly recommend it. The price is great compared to a Dyson.
Chores that Didn’t Make the Cut
There were some things that didn’t make my daily cleaning checklist, that make a lot of other list that I have seen. The two main ones I left off are: doing a load of laundry everyday, and wiping down everything in the bathroom. These two are not realistic for me. You have to know your limits. If you put too much on the list, you may feel discouraged when you repeatedly don’t get them done. Do I still need to do the laundry and have a clean bathroom? Yes, but I don’t need to do it everyday. I know some people do all of their laundry on the weekend, or they do it every couple of days, or they are amazing and do get it done everyday. That is fine! Do what works for you.
Get Your List and Get things Done
I encourage you to take this daily cleaning checklist and make it your own. Look at it each day and cross things off if you think they are not realistic for that day. If you want to accomplish more, then add it to the empty spaces at the bottom.
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