Monday, August 22, 2011

10 small things to keep your house clean & organized

~I'm blogging here~

Mountains of laundry, fingerprints, smudges, crayon on the walls,
dishes, clutter everywhere.

Have you ever looked around your house and felt overwhelmed?

So have I!

Every now & then your home may get like mine...a big cluttered mess! If you are not like me, I commend you on your organizational skills and diligence ;) I don't know how it happens, I just wake up on a Monday morning and think...what in the world happened in here? Looking at the house as a whole can be intimidating and stressful, but if you set some small goals everyday you will be amazed at what you can accomplish in a week.

This is what I did yesterday...

I sat down and made a list of 10 small things I could do to help get my home clean & organized.
(back to normal)

Here was the list...

  1. De-clutter a dresser in my bedroom.
  2. Remove leftovers and empty containers from the fridge. (Any one else have this problem?)
  3. Wash off the coffee bar.
  4. Clean the oven door.
  5. Wash of the washer.
  6. Wipe down the dryer.
  7. Fold 1 basket of laundry. ( I ended up fold two ;)
  8. De-clutter bathroom sink.
  9. Wash sink.
  10. Clean toilet.

I ended up sweeping the bathroom floor as well. I kinda felt myself trying to hold back so I didn't do more than what was on my list. LOL! I was amazed at how simple it was and how quick I got it all done.

Sometimes I look at all the things that I need to do around the house and they seem so BIG and time consuming but really they're not. I did these things after my normal everyday chores which include... dishes, cleaning the kitchen, laundry, cleaning my bedroom and bathroom.

I liked this concept so much that I made another list of 10 things to do today.

Here are a few before & afters....

  1. Organize my DVD's
  2. Wipe down the outside of the fridge.
  3. De-clutter another dresser in my room.
  4. Organize my closet. (It wasn't too bad so it was a small task)
  5. Clear off microwave.
  6. Scrub crayon off of my house.
  7. Wash the kitchen window.
  8. Fold at least 1 basket of laundry
  9. Windex my mirrors.
  10. Scrub and organize one shelf in my fridge.

10 things may sound like alot and I thought it was too, but once I got started I was like...this is super easy! Be careful not to add a big jobs to the list or this concept will not work. I added mopping a few floors and had to change it. LOL! Only small jobs will work like...going through the mail, organizing papers, cleaning out a kitchen drawer or maybe organizing your makeup.

So grab a pen and paper, walk around your house and see what you can come up with to get your house back in shape :)



gotjoy3 said...

Seriously love this. I do 3 things then add three when I am done. But I like this, bc I normally do big projects. This could help me get the small things accomplished.

Oh Yes, I have the leftover dumping food issue probo here in my fridge too. Smiles.

Mom of 5 said...

It's seems to be working for me :) Good to know I'm not alone ;)

Monica said...

Wednesday nights are leftover night at our house. Since it is church night and there is a lot to do to get out of the house on time, we clean out all the leftovers and wipe out the refrigerator. We also have some leftovers for lunch on Saturday when we are so busy there isn't time to prepare another meal...

Joy @ Artful Homemaking said...

This is a great idea! Yes, those days where I look around and feel overwhelmed, it always makes me feel better if I can clean or organize something. This would be a very doable plan. :)

Mom of 5 said...

Yeah it's great! I'm still doing my 10 things. I did 8 so far...I'm slowly getting my house back in order :)

April's Homemaking said...

I completely relate, looking at the whole house of chores is overwhelming. Tomorrow both of my kids will be back to school, and I was planning a big cleaning day. I love your ten things idea, I will be using this idea to start my day tomorrow. Very timely post. Thanks-April

Tara said...

I can't do anything without a list anymore. Somehow after four kids my brain is unable to focus without writing everything down.
This is a great post. It would be awesome for a new blog party I am starting this Monday at Simply Made Home called “Make Your Move Monday.” I would love to see posts like this from you that would encourage others to live both naturally and simply. List making does simplify!

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Bo Tolbert said...

Making a list is a good way to keep track of what you'er cleaning. Set up a weekly schedule, so that you’ll have an idea of how you can accomplish it. Make cleaning a habit. A little cleaning each day is enough to keep your house looking good.