Since my little one was born I have been sending out these helpful Surviving Life with a Baby articles. I have part five for you this month for those who missed Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4 please check them out at the links below. There is no real reason why you should have to read them in order though.
We have daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly chores that lets face it, it is important we do if we want to maintain a neat and tidy house.
It is important that at least once or twice a year we de-clutter our homes from top to bottom, if you maintain a schedule where once a year (or twice) you have a set week or month that you dedicate to de-cluttering your home you might just find that your house or apartment is a happier environment.
When I am in the throws of Spring, Cleaning I like to break it up into different projects. My list typically breaks down into different rooms.
For other cool tips on Spring Cleaning Check out this post from 2015.
There are things we should really do to keep our house in order every month, and I am not just talking about paying bills. Here are a few things I find it important to do every month to keep the house clean.
We don’t have a washer and dryer in the house so we have to take our laundry outside the home to wash it. So once a month I gather everything up to wash.
To Do List:
Clean bathroom mirrors
Clear out the fridge
Twice a week I take out the trash including the diaper pale, recycling, and kitchen. I bring out trash on Sunday, and Thursday.
To Do List:
My daily chores seems like a long list, but I can generally get each item done in about 10 or fifteen minutes. Dishes however are a different story. It takes me thirty minutes to do dishes. So I do my best to get the dishes done first thing every morning.
To Do List:
pick up baby toy mess
wipe down the high chair
pick an item from the weekly/monthly/yearly list
I like breaking my to do list down into pieces. In addition, to my daily chore list I also like to give myself two or three daily goals outside of chores to achieve. I really hope this helps you get a handle on all your household chores. If you have older children assign daily tasks, have each day represent a different activity. My little one is barely 18 months old and I already have him helping with toy clean up. I sing the clean up song and put his toys away. He attempts to sing along and will pick up a couple of toys to throw into the container with me. Kids are never too young to learn how to help. Teach them now and you will have less argument later. Form habits. Turn your chores into habits so they are less like chores.
For more ideas on breaking down your chores into single tasks check out my article Single Tasking Day.
Have any advice or suggestions? Let me know in the comments. I am always looking for fun organizing chore tips.