I have compiled a list of 10 habits for homemakers that I think can sometimes be overlooked or abandoned to get you started. You may already have established some of these habits in your own life, and others you may have no desire to establish, but pick out the ones you think would benefit you and kick off the new year with a resolution you can actually stick with.
Neat attracts neat; order attracts order. Likewise clutter and chaos attract, well you know what! I bet that if you start making the beds each morning, you will soon find that every morning the bedroom are tidy without much effort!
2. After everyone is Dressed, take all laundry to the laundry room and start a load of laundry.
Most of us don't love doing laundry and since it is not right in front of us all day, it can easily pile up. Taking the laundry to the hamper and starting that first load goes a long way to helping to keep that laundry pile manageable.
3. Wipe down bathroom surfaces every day.
Once everyone is done getting ready in the morning, take 2 minutes to make sure everything is back where it goes and wipe down the counter sink and toilet. I keep cleaning wipes in each bathroom to make this job even easier. Start with the counter, then the sink, and finally the toilet: Top, then sides, then seat cover, seat top, and behind the seat and finally, seat bottom and toilet bowl rim. This habit will not only keep your bathroom sparkly with minimal effort, but makes bathroom cleaning day a breeze.
4. Get dressed to your shoes first thing in the morning.
I know it's tempting to stay in your PJs for a bit. Oh, trust me, I know...BUT the longer you lounge the less productive you will be. If you will get showered and dressed all the way to your shoes as soon as you get out of be in the morning, you will be surprised at how much more productive you will be.
Can you believe it? In just four habits that will take you no longer than 15 extra minutes total you will start the day with clean bedrooms, bathrooms and the laundry started! Now that's a good way to start the day.
In the Kitchen
I get it. Moms are busy, kids are needy and if you will be doing dishes after lunch, why not just do the breakfast dishes then too? Those dinner dishes? I know you are tired from a long day, but when you get up in the morning, that sink full of dishes staring you in the face is not the most peaceful way to start your day. Enlist in your lovely family's help and start a new family rule: the kitchen gets tidied after every meal.
6. Shine Your Sink
Okay, I learned this from fly lady, and it really works. After meals and during your bedtime routine make sure that your sink is empty of all dishes, wipe down the sink and dry it with a kitchen towel. Of course, this implies that you must first do your dishes after each meal. I wait to run the dishwasher until just before bed so I can wash and dirty additions.
Again, cleanliness attracts cleanliness and you will be surprised at how quickly your whole kitchen seems cleaner.
7. Start Meal Planning
How often do you end up going out to eat or making something less than delicious and nutritious for your family because you couldn't find anything to make for dinner? If you look at 100 decent homemaking blogs, I'll bet every one of them contain articles about meal planning. Why? Because it is that helpful.
Be warned: this habit will take a bit of time to establish. Why? Because meal planning feels restricting, overwhelming and just plain overkill before you actually start doing it. Start small. Every day plan the next days meals, working up to planning for the whole week if you need to. Trust me when I say that knowing what you are having for dinner each morning is freeing!
8. Set Your Dinner Table
Study after study shows that family meal time is super important. If you aren't sitting down regularly at the table to dine with your loved ones, it is time to start. Set the table and put food in serving dishes (they aren't taking up space in your cabinets for nothing). You might even start playing instrumental music during dinner. Make dinnertime an event at your house. Don't worry about the extra dishes; you aren't cleaning up by yourself. Dinner clean up is a family event too, ya know!
Another, great Fly lady term, hot spots are surfaces or areas in your house that tend to attract the most clutter. Locate those areas of your home and plan on clearing them several times a day. The hotspots in my house are the mudroom shoe area, office counter, TV stand, and kitchen counter. I check and declutter them as part of my daily morning and evening routines.
10. Stick to that cleaning routine.
Or make and stick to a cleaning routine, as the case may be....
I know, I know, you are too much of a free sprit to bind yourself to a weekly routine, but you don't know how much easier your life will be once you have stuck to that routine for a month. For example, you could dust and vacuum on Monday, do bathrooms on Tuesday, run errands on Wednesday, relax on Thursday and do bills and wash bedding on Friday. I don't care what your routine looks like, just commit to sticking to it.
11. Make time for yourself.
With a busy household to run and a family to care for, it can be hard to carve out time to do things we used to enjoy, like working out, taking a bubbly bath, or just drinking your morning coffee with no rug rats complaining about how hungry they are at 7:00 in the morning. "Seriously? You just woke up literally 5 minutes ago!"
This year, no guilt about it. Carve out time to work out, schedule a mom's morning out every other Saturday, start taking bubble baths while your hubby watches the kiddos. You do remember that they are half his, right?
the Modern Housewife