Today I’m participating in the Ultimate Blog Swap. You’ll find me posting over at Happy Little Homemaker about The Spots Most of Us Forget to Clean, and I’m excited to welcome Christine from I Dream of Clean to Cajun Joie de Vivre:
I firmly believe a clean and tidy home leads to a more productive life. However, I also think it is more fun to have a home that’s actually lived in. And when you’re living, breathing, and trying to have a blast with your family, a few messes are going to happen along the way.
Of course it would be nice to minimize the messes, right? That’s where routines come in; specifically, nighttime cleaning routines.
Granted, it can be a challenge to clean while the kids are awake. By the time the kiddos are tucked in, the last thing you want to do is work on the house. The temptation to skip maintenance items to veg out or sleep can be overwhelming.
If, however, you can muster up a little bit of energy to go through the four following routines, you’ll have a much cleaner home and a more productive morning.
4 NIGHTTIME ROUTINES FOR A MORE PRODUCTIVE MORNING
- Wash one load of laundry each day. If you dread laundry day, you can minimize the task by keeping dirty laundry at a minimum throughout the week. Every night, place dirty clothes and laundry detergent in the washing machine. The next morning, hit start and let the machine do the work. Before you leave for the day, transfer clothes to the dryer and then fold (or get your kids to fold) when you get home. At first blush it seems like a lot of work, but folding one load, compared to ten, takes mere minutes and will eliminate the need for a long laundry day.
- Spend 5 minutes tidying up every night. Go though each room of the house (or at least the main living areas) to quickly straighten up the area. Fold blankets. Fluff pillows. Pick up dirty dishes and throw away trash. While your working, put anything that doesn’t belong in that room in an empty laundry basket to distribute as you move throughout the house. Set a timer and work quickly. 5 minutes of uninterrupted speed cleaning can do wonders for the tidiness of you home.
- Go to bed with a spotless kitchen. The kitchen is often in a central location of the home so when it’s messy, the entire house feels messy. Since the kitchen could possibly be the most used room in the house, keeping it clean can feel like a constant chore. There are, however, a few tricks to make cleaning it a bit easier.
- Unload the dishwasher every morning. I know. I know. But, I bet it will take less time than you think. And it will save even more time later.
- Put dishes in the dishwasher as soon as they are no longer being used. Train your children to do the same!
- Clean pots and pans while they are still hot. They’ll be clean in a fraction of the time it would take if you let food sit and harden on them.
- Start the dishwasher, wipe down and clean up the rest of the kitchen before bed. By spending less than 5 minutes cleaning the kitchen, your morning will be off to a great start.
- Take time today to prepare for tomorrow. Think through the following day by preparing your todo list. Then pack lunches, put bags in the car, pick out clothes and do anything else that could be frantically completed the next morning. You’ll be less likely to forget something important and you’ll be able to let your coffee kick in before trying to think through the important aspects of your day.
Since I’m a procrastinator by nature, I dread keeping my tired body awake to do something I could easily postpone. However, when I straighten up and prepare the night before, I always have a productive morning and I’m much happier (and therefore a better) mommy when the kiddos wake me up before sunrise.
These 4 tips are a great starting point to implement nighttime routines but there are, of course, many other habits that will systemize your cleaning routine even further. Visit i Dream of Clean to find out more and learn how it only takes 31 days to make cleaning a habit.
Question: What routines have you implemented to become more productive?
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