At one time we had eight people living here daily, and many, many visitors. In the early years of home and family I didn't have a good grasp on how to keep every room tidy. Many Saturdays were spent doing a "big cleaning" in the kids rooms. Sigh.
Thankfully I learned some skills to keep up with the house, on a daily basis, so that it stays generally clean.
Here is what I do.
I make my bed every day.
I keep the kitchen tidy throughout the day.
This includes keeping up with the dishes. I or the kids empty the dishwasher and work on re-loading it all throughout the day. I also keep the hand washed dishes washed.
This is where the handwashed dishes go to dry.
We vacuum regularly.
We only have three rugs in the whole house. Two are right by the doors we enter our cottage by, and one is an area rug in the living room. The rest of our flooring in the whole house is wide plank pine. So we can easily just sweep up a small mess, though the kids often just drag the vacuum out to deal with any mess.
I wipe down sinks, counter tops, and toilets daily.
I attempt to tame the clutter monster daily!
This area, on our counter, our big farm table that is right in the middle of our living room/kitchen area, and my desk are the main places for stuff. You know, mail, cards, eyewear, earbuds, spare computer batteries, hair elastics.
There are things that come into the home, that we need to deal with and somethings I don't always have a good solution for. This is an ongoing process.
We wash a fold laundry every day.
We no longer deal with Mount Washmore in our home, because we only have five people living here, and it has become routine for us to process a load or two a day. There are days when there is not that much laundry and everyone's needed items are clean, so we skip a day here and there.
These six things allow our home to be clean for us, and ready for us to welcome unexpected guests. I don't know about you, but clutter makes me feel agitated and unsettled, and by keeping on top of these areas in our home brings peace.
Are there daily tasks that are a must for you in your home? Let's chat in the comments!
Today I will be deep cleaning my bedroom. Next week I fly to California and then will have a week at home, before a friend moves in with us for a month or so while he recovers from knee replacement surgery.
We're going to give him the master bedroom so he'll have his own sitting area and bathroom. Also we'll be bring his own bed here from his apartment, so we will move our bed downstairs and any other daily use items we will need.
I'm trying to get an idea of what those things will be, so that I can properly prepare now, so that the week I get back from California won't be so crazy!