How do we keep it together when life is so fast paced? There never seems to be enough time in a day to get everything done that we need to. Then, how can we get our sh*t together?
No one said you had to do everything at once and even when time seems short, if you can manage one task a day, things should start to work themselves out. The trick is balancing the work load during the week so weekends could be reserved for larger projects, relaxing or even a little fun!
The best way to get started is by setting your home up with systems to streamline your life.
Here are some ideas:
- Deal with what comes through the door every day. Have a designated spot for the backpacks, purses, shoes and jackets.
- Don’t go to bed with dirty dishes in the sink.
- If you have a larger family, do one (or two) load(s) of laundry a day. It is possible, just toss a load in before and then after work.
- Sweep and vacuum a couple times a week (and as it needs it).
- Dust as your watching the kids or HGTV. I grab my Swiffer and just walk around the house for a few minutes a few times a week, it’s crazy how much this habit helps keep the dust under control.
- Make your bed. Yes, make your bed everyday. And have your family members make their beds (this is always a work in progress).
- If you take an item out, put it away where it goes when you’re done with it (it takes an extra few seconds but makes all the difference later).
- The ENDLESS JUNK MAIL. Just go through it everyday or at least every other day and throw the junk mail out. Place your needed mail in a designated spot.
- This should be a given but clean off counter tops in the kitchen and bath each day.
- Before you do a big grocery shopping, clean out your fridge and organize your pantry. You will love how organized you feel when you get back to put it all away. This will also help determine what you REALLY need at the store, saving you some $$.
Surface cleaning and keeping things neat during the week helps tremendously so there is less on the weekend. Rotate the bigger cleaning chores. Here is a 30 day cleaning schedule that may be helpful. Honestly, a little bit each day goes a long way.
I work full time but I just keep things moving around the house during the week so that I do not feel overwhelmed. I also no longer feel guilty assigning my family tasks to help out! Engage your family in the chores. It is good to have your children (and spouses) learn to help with the chores and that their help around the house is greatly appreciated!
- Kids can pick up their toys, even the little ones with help. They will learn good habits.
- The older children can help empty dishwasher and bring out the trash.
- Have your spouse help with some of the heavy lifting and things like vacuuming.
A team effort goes a long way to helping you maintain your sanity.