Are you overwhelmed by the idea of keeping up with your clean house? You only need to follow one simple rule to maintain a tidy home! Check out this post to learn what it is!
Let’s have some real talk now: most days I do a nice, good clean on my house, my son wakes up and in 5 minutes you wouldn’t know I’d taken a broom to the house in well over a week. It’s hard to find the motivation to do a nice, deep clean on your house when you know it will be gone before you put away the cleaner. But here’s the thing – you don’t need to be deep cleaning every day to have a clean home. There is only one rule you need to maintain a tidy home. No, really.
Here it is: At least once a day, spend an uninterrupted 15 minutes cleaning. That’s it.
15 minutes is all you need to get the majority of your tidying done. For me, the ‘unbreakable rule’ is to spend the first 15 minutes after I put Ryan down for a nap or bed cleaning without stopping. Not convinced? In preparation for this post, I tested my theory the other night – I put a timer on my phone for 15 minutes and got to work once I put Ryan down for bed. Here’s what I got done:
-pick up all of Ryan’s toys and place into his toybox.
-sweep and mop (Swiffer Wet Jet, to be fair) mudroom, kitchen, and living room.
-wipe down coffee table, TV and baseboards in the living room.
-put away dry dishes.
-wipe down kitchen counters.
-clear off and wipe down the kitchen table.
-remove dry clothes and transfer wet clothes to the dryer.
To be honest, those are the main things I try to accomplish before I go to bed in order to be able to fall asleep without stressing about the mess. And I got it all done before Ryan even fell asleep. It wasn’t dragged out over 2 or 3 hours when I could be relaxing or blogging or whatever it is I want to do when I am child free. It wasn’t rushed or done half-assed and exhausted right before I gave up and went to bed. It was done early in the night and I was able to sit and relax while the baby slept. And I was able to wake up and not worry about catching up on all that I didn’t get to the night before.
No, my house wasn’t spotless, sanitized and perfect. Saturday is my ‘big’ cleaning day, where I do all of the more in-depth cleaning. But these 15 minutes a night will maintain the cleanliness and tidiness in your home and keep everyone sane. 15 minutes is all you need to maintain a tidy home.
So choose a time – if you’re a mom, I HIGHLY suggest right after the kiddo goes down for bed or a nap (or both!) Otherwise, maybe right after dinner or the 15 minutes before your favorite show comes on will work best for you. I love this tip and method because it puts a timeline on things – I know that I only have to spend 15 minutes cleaning, and I don’t have to guilt myself into cleaning for 30 minutes or more. Just 15 quick minutes completely devoted to getting the house into order.
Give it a try- I promise you’ll be shocked at how much you can accomplish and how much it will transform your cleaning routine!
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