Now that school is back in session, everyone’s schedules are bound to get busier. Here are some helpful tips to ensure the daily ins and outs of life stay orderly.
Get Out Your Calendar. Probably the most important thing in my life (aside from family) is my calendar. Keeping appointments and dates organized will keep you from experiencing the unexpected. This will help you to better plan and prepare for the upcoming days. Invest in a pocket calendar and carry it in your purse or use the calendar widget on your smart phone.
Establish a Bedtime Routine. About an hour before bed, have your children pick up their rooms. It’s a great habit to start! Not only will this help you keep your home tidy, but it will teach your children that if they make a mess, it will be their responsibility to clean it up.
Create a Game Plan. On Sunday, buy your lunch and snack supplies for the upcoming week. Prepare lunches, organize backpacks and lay out outfits the night before. The goal is to be prepared the night before so the following morning will not be rushed. You and your children will begin your day organized and accomplished.
Incorporate Cleaning into Your Daily Routine. This is actually easier then you think! For example, after your child’s nightly bath, take an extra few minutes and clean the tub. Just sprinkle some baking soda in the tub, do a quick scrub and rinse. Voila! The tub is clean. Also, when the children are tidying their rooms, take a dusting cloth and quickly dust the room. Doing these types of cleaning tasks regularly can remove the burden of doing the majority of your house cleaning during your weekend –when you can be enjoying your family!
Do one Load of Laundry a Day. After folding, have your children take his/her own clothes and put them away. Your stomach would turn if you knew what is found on our bed sheets when put under a microscope, so try to wash them at least every other week. To help you remember to wash your sheets, allot a certain day for them. Perhaps the 1st and 15th of every month can be the day you wash your sheets. Don’t think you can remember? Well, that is where your handy calendar comes into play!
Divide your House into Zones. Perhaps the master bedroom and master bathroom can be zone 1. Take a little time every day to work on a zone. Clean it top to bottom. Do something extra in that zone like cleaning your blinds or under the bed. This can reduce the stress of trying to get every nook and cranny clean. If you divide your house into zones, then your house will end up having a “spring clean” every month!
Invest in Some “Quick” Cleaning Products. Clorox wipes are wonderful for countertops and toilets. Swiffers are amazing for dusting! You can use a Swiffer on fans, electronics, picture frames, baseboards and blinds. Baking soda works great in sinks too. Want to shine up your sink and other stainless steel products? Put a little baby oil on a rag and shine it up.
Don’t Stress! This is probably my favorite tip. At the end of the day, remember what is really important - your family. They will love you even if you forget to clean the toilet one week. Don’t be so hard on yourself if you can’t get it all done. Take it one day at a time. Accomplish a little every day. At the end of every day, go tuck in your beautiful children and spend a little one-on-one with them. Go to bed at night knowing you are the best mom you can be.