DO A 15MIN CLEAN-UP
At the end of each day, set a timer and take 15 minutes and quickly pick up everything that’s out of place (toys, books, blankets, pillows, etc…). Put everything back where it goes.
When you look around a room and see things laying out everywhere it just feels cluttered. Make it a daily habit to do a quick pick up (especially in the living room, dining room, and play areas). With practice (and help from your kids), you may find you can complete this clean up as a 5 minute pick up.
MAKE YOUR BED DAILY
Making up your bed every day is a quick win. It only takes about a minute or two to make up a bed, but it makes your whole room look picked-up and cleaner.
Have you noticed how walking into a room with an unmade bed feels messy and sloppy? When you come home from work or a busy day, you will feel a little better when you see your bedroom (or your kids bedrooms) are not a complete wreck and your beds are neatly made.
If you don’t make up your beds every day, you will come home and see a mess. Unmade beds stand out as a big mess.
Teaching your kids to make their beds is also a great daily discipline for children. We all have daily habits. Let’s make one of our kid’s daily habits making up their bed.
If you are not in the habit of making your bed every day, it’s a great time to start. Don’t underestimate how much difference a neat bed makes when you come home from work.
PUT LAUNDRY AWAY AS SOON
AS IT'S BEEN CLEANED
Laundry piles up soooooo fast!
You might even do a load every day. If you don’t put the laundry away the same day you do the laundry, it just starts piling up all over your house.
Make it a habit to take 10 minutes and put the laundry away each time you do a load (you’ll feel better and your kids will have their clothes ready to wear tomorrow). Putting the laundry away reduces stress too! Most of the time when you cannot find an article of clothing you need it’s because it’s in the clean laundry pile. Give yourself a break and put it away each time you do a load.