Since I'm a born procrastinator and dedicated list keeper, the best way for me to stay on top of the housework is to have a daily chore list. It covers the basics, takes 15-20 minutes to accomplish, and gives me the satisfaction of crossing things off a list. I do have other lists of chores to do to keep up with the deeper cleaning. But, with a preschooler, toddler, and a new baby in the house, if I can get my daily chore list done everyday, I call it good enough.
I wrote my basic chores on a sheet of paper (this was before I had a working printer so everything was handwritten) and put it in a sheet protector in my Control Journal. When I finish a task, I cross it off with a dry erase marker. I call it my morning routine, but let's face it...if everything on the list gets done by evening, it's good.
|"Hot Spots" are any place in the house that seems to accumulate clutter. For me, it's the coffee table and the computer desk.|
Writing up your own list like this will help you keep your house clean without spending a lot of time cleaning. Just pick the things that are essential and need to be done everyday. Don't make it too complicated or long, the point here is to keep it simple. If you're feeling ambitious, go ahead and make a Control Journal to keep your house sparkly clean, but if not, give yourself a pat on the back for starting with the basics.
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