Studies have proven that making your bed every morning has a profound affect on your personal motivation. Its usually the first chore we do everyday and sets the tone for completing our task lists. Making the bed also makes the room look better. Even in a messy room, a made up bed creates order and function. So, if you aren't already, get in the habit of making the bed each day when you get out of it to create more order and less chaos in your environment.
Washing the dishes in the kitchen has the same effect as making the bed in the bedroom. When the dishes are plied up in the sink it makes the entire kitchen look messy. Likewise, when the dishes are clean, the kitchen looks cleaner, even if the counters are cluttered. Looking at dirty dishes causes us stress and heaviness. Dishes that are clean and out of the way makes us feel at ease and invited into our kitchens. We feel more inspired to cook when the dishes are done, its like painting on an empty canvas. Ideally, we want to aim for cleaning the morning dishes after breakfast and washing the evening dishes after dinner. This is easy if you have a dishwasher. You can just load the dishwasher after breakfast and dinner and run it while you sleep (the joys of technology). If you need or prefer to hand wash your dishes, this may take about 15 minutes of your time morning and night, but give yourself permission to allow the dishes to air dry on the rack. With either method, you can put the dry dishes away while you brew your morning coffee or tea. Whatever you do, develop a system to stay on top of this.
There is nothing like waking up to clean sinks. Rather it's in the bathroom or the kitchen, a clean sink gives Zen vibes. It gives you a sense of peace and calm when you go to brush your teeth, wash your face, or get your morning coffee or tea. A clean and dry kitchen sink also prevents pesky insects from thriving in your home. Try to set aside 5 minutes to clean your sinks before bed every night. Your morning self with be grateful for it.
If you prefer to do your laundry in bite sized pieces over doing it all in one day, you might want to add doing one load of laundry to your daily chore list. Washing a load everyday prevents you from having to spend all of your time doing laundry on a Saturday. Now granted, this isn't as practical for people who have to wash their clothes at a laundromat. But, for those of us who have a washer and dryer in our homes…we can eat the elephant one bite at a time. My suggested guideline would be to wash a load at night, pop it in the dryer in the morning, fold the load while you're watching your favorite TV show in the evening, and repeat the next day.
Our floors collect a lot of debris during the course of a day, especially if you wear your shoes inside or if you own a pet. The best way to keep dirt, dust and pet fur under control is to sweep or vacuum at least one room a day. If you have a room that gets heavy traffic, like the kitchen or entryway, you may want to sweep or vacuum that area daily. If you do this regularly, it wont take as much time. This is essential if you or a family member has allergies to dust. A vacuum a day keeps the dust bunnies away… or something like that.
Now, these daily chores are just guidelines, not hard and fast rules. You decide what is best for you based on factors like time and the number of people who live in your home.
Feel free to save the image above as a quick reminder. Save it in your faves on your phone and distribute it to family members so that everyone can play their part. Many hands make light work. It doesn't all have to fall on one person. Unless you live alone and in that case, there will be much less to clean anyway. 😉
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