Cleaning the house is one of my least favorite things. I don’t know about you, but I would rather be doing just about anything other than cleaning. And, when it comes time to clean, I’m the queen of procrastination. But I’ve found a few tricks to help me stay motivated to keep my house clean. A big one was to create this daily cleaning checklist printable.
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One of my personal growth projects for this year is to develop systems, routines, and habits to keep my home nice and tidy. This is a huge project for me!
But I decided to make it a goal for the year because I know that when my home is clean, I am happier, my mind is clearer, and I’m in a better mood. This all adds up to the fact that a cleaner home allows me to spend time focusing on the things that really matter to me, like my husband and my children.
But I have to be totally honest with you, keeping a tidy home has always been a struggle for me. And since having kids that struggle has turned into a daily battle, which is why I felt compelled to write today’s post.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
My first goal for this project was to read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo.
Now, I’ve heard a lot about this book, and I wanted to see if it could help me change my mindset when it comes to cleaning. I knew that I’d need some inspiration to help me with my home decluttering and organization project.
Her book did just that. It left me feeling inspired to tidy up my home so that I’d never have to declutter again. Something the author claims to be true of all of her clients.
While I don’t agree with everything in Kondo’s book, my biggest take away is the principle that everything in your home should have its place.
This concept sounds so simple in principle, but when I took a look around at the miscellaneous items in my home, I began to feel a little overwhelmed.
So I decided to start small.
The first step for me was to create a daily cleaning routine that included tidying up the house.
A Daily Cleaning Routine Is A Must To Stay Focused
If you’ve read my blog for some time, you know that I’m a planner and that I love routines, habits, and checklists. I knew that a daily cleaning routine would help me stay focused.
By making it a priority to tidy up and put things away every single day, my goal is for the clutter to begin to disappear.
What this means in reality, is that when I find an item without a home, my new rule is that I either put it in its place, find a home for it, or discard it.
This little rule has been liberating.
My cleaning routine also includes deep cleaning of all of the rooms in the house. I know some people like to have a cleaning day once a week where they clean the entire house from top to bottom.
That’s not me.
I prefer to tackle a little at a time or else I get overwhelmed. As you can see from my checklist below, I add in 1-2 deep cleaning chores each day.
I know that I’m much more likely to stay on task by tackling just one to two of these deep cleaning projects a day.
Keeping Clutter To A Minimum
When I was creating my daily cleaning routine, I knew that one of my goals was to keep clutter to a minimum by having clean counters and clear spaces.
For my family, this means making beds, cleaning countertops, picking up toys, and taking out the trash on a daily basis.
Getting your spouse and children involved in the daily cleaning routine is a great idea. My kids like to check things off lists just like their mom, so having a daily cleaning checklist helps keep us all motivated.
Here’s a copy of what I came up with:
Do you use a checklist to help with daily cleaning chores? I have to admit that I derive a lot of satisfaction by checking items off of this list. I’ve laminated it, so it’s easy to use again and again.
For those of you that love checklists like me, I created a blank one you can use at home. To request your copy of the blank Daily Cleaning Checklist (as well as the one shown above) subscribe with your name and email address down below:
Now I know that my decluttering projects are going to require a lot more than cleaning and tidying up every day, but it’s the small steps that count, right?
Do you have any advice or tips on keeping your house clean and tidy? I’d love to hear about them in the comments section below.
With Love and Joy,