Clean it Up, Girl: A 20-minute Daily Cleaning Routine
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It has now been 2 weeks since 2019 began. I’m still holding to my goal of getting my life together. That seems sort of broad, but I’ve narrowed it down to mind, body and spirit. Last week I talked about working yourself lazy and how I’m combating that to work smarter and not harder. My plan has made me more productive and less tired and stressed.
To help my body, I’ve been eating vegan and doing yoga every day. To help my spirit, I’m starting my day with devotions and prayer. Then, to help my mind, I’m focusing on keeping organized and tidy in our living space. Last week I decluttered my email inbox (a whopping 15,000 emails). The other thing I’ve been doing is keeping a daily cleaning routine that helps me keep the house clean in just 20-30 minutes a day.
When my husband and I accepted the position as pastors of our church, I was very ill-prepared for the frequency at which people would just pop over to the house. Our house (the parsonage) is right next door to the church. That has meant guests coming by at all hours of the day and night (so far as early as 6 a.m. and as late as 11 p.m.). I would be pretty
Today I wanted to share the routine I put together with you. It has worked perfectly for me the last couple of weeks and I can’t believe I haven’t always kept the house this way. I keep this list on my fridge and check it off every day. However, feel free to adjust and make it your own to fit your space and lifestyle.
I have started to make my bed every day. This is something that didn’t seem real important to me before because, well, we just mess it all back up again. But starting the day by making the bed has kind of put my mind in the right spot to be productive. Plus, it just looks good when I walk by the bedroom and see a nicely made bed. Beyond that, it makes bed time so nice to go in and pull back those crisp sheets and easily slither under the covers.
Along with making the bed, I also do the dishes and wipe down the counters. This is also great for really making you feel like the whole house is in a good place. Plus, a dirty kitchen is easy to spot. Along with dishes and counters, I do one load of laundry a day. This keeps me from having to do it all at once and it really isn’t a whole lot of effort.
As I type this, my feet are up and my house is clean and organized. It gives me a sense of peace and helps me to focus on the things I really want to check off my list. You may be looking at this and thinking, “Of course she can do it, she doesn’t have any kids!” Well, that would be a true story and I know that children make doing lots of things a little more time-intensive. However, I’m preparing for children in the future by being able to keep a sense of tidiness now and maybe…just maybe I can keep this going when there are kids in the picture. Plus, I think 20-30 minutes of investment a day is much easier than trying to get the whole house clean all in one day. If you disagree, just let me live in my little bubble of positive thinking and reality can hit me when it’s time. Until then, I’m going to keep making positive adjustments to my life and hopefully this will inspire you to do the same.
Do you have kids? Do you think this is possible with little ones running around? How can you incorporate their involvement into daily chores?