There are 6 daily chores that must get done in order for my home to operate smoothly and stay in decent shape. Think about what is most important to you and your husband in order to have a welcoming home and create your own list of daily chores. When all else fails and you are in survival mode, use this list to fall back on and power through without much thought! A list can do wonders on those crazy days, believe me!
1. Make my bed.
It’s one of the first things I do every morning. I love having my bedroom look tidy throughout the day (especially if I need to go in there for a few-minute break from the kids) and I absolutely can not go to bed at night without the bed made first! (is that a little OCD??)
2. Empty the garbage.
Having kids big enough to help out, I get to assign chores and have things get done with little thought on my part. Josiah (9) takes out the kitchen garbage every day after breakfast.
I wash/dry 1-2 batches of laundry every day. No matter that they rarely get folded, at least we have clean clothes and towels (which is no small feat in a family of 9)!
Josiah vacuums the kitchen floor every day after lunch and Hadassah (5) often vacuums the entry way floor, too. I need to start including the carpet in daily vacuuming, as well.
They get done at least once every day. I usually have Josiah unload the dishwasher every day right after lunch and then I load the dishwasher in the afternoon. That way my husband comes home to an empty sink where he can wash away the grime of his long, hard workday. I do not do the dishes after supper, but I clean up the counters and table. I also rinse off the supper dishes and put them in the sink. Our pre-planned breakfasts and easy lunches, dirty up very few dishes during the day. And we are able to go to bed with the kitchen looking tidy, though not spic and span.
Whenever things start feeling crazy, I tell the kids to put their toys back into their rooms. This clears up our small living space for a while and helps me stay sane, even though the toys are sure to come out again soon. Also, when Joey texts me that he is on his way home from work, I have the kids put their toys back into their bedrooms so that Joey can come home to a tidy-looking house (and not trip over toys). At 7pm every day, the kids pick up their bedrooms and put their toys away in their toy boxes (they are allowed to keep 2 toys and/or books out to keep on their beds for bedtime).
How do you keep your home running smoothly?