6 Daily Chores That Must Get Done

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!

How I Simplify & Prioritize My Day

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.

3. Laundry.
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)!

4. Vacuum.
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.

5. Dishes.
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.

6. Pick-Up.
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? 

6 thoughts on “6 Daily Chores That Must Get Done

  1. I have so many big kids now that the dishes, many meals, & the clothes get washed, dried & folded without my having to think about it! Also, the garbages gets emptied, floors get vacuumed, beds get made & the animals get fed. I do make my own bed, wash Carson's work clothes, give the littles baths, bake some 😉 & keep everyone on track & going. Plus, write the meal plans, grocery lists, pay bills, run misc. errands & buy groceries. After having my 3 big helpers gone for 5 days & hubby & one big brother home only on the weekend, I can definitely say I was doing a lot different chores & was busy in a different way…I had a hard time getting a shower some days & I didn't go anywhere 😉 But it was kinda peaceful too. Everyone was on my schedule & didn't have their own plans like the big kids tend to. Anyway, I know I am blessed! And have it "easy" compared to some!

  2. These are great things to get done everyday! I have just recently started making my bed everyday (I know I'm a grown woman.. but better late then never right?! lol) and it's amazing how much cleaner our room feels because of it!

    My daughter's name is Hadassah too! 😉 Great name! 😛 If you haven't read Francine River's book "A Voice in the Wind" you should.. you would love it! 😉 😀 One of the main characters name's is Hadassah.
    Like Giftie ^^ I also do a 15 minute clean up… http://www.busyhappyloved.com/my-15-minute-rule/

  3. I was noticing yesterday what a blessing it is to have more older kids at home now To help with chores. My oldest daughter cleans the floors,empties kitchen trash each day. 2nd oldest does dishwasher, helps littles toy pickup and folds laundryz. My 8 year old just recently got put in charge of running the washer and dryer–which has been so helpful! He also feeds the animals and scoops the kitty box. My littles help with cleanup (putting things back) and they love washing windows! However I recently had them (ages 4 and 5) load the dishwasher and they did pretty well! Wow! I am blessed by so many helpers!!!

    daily chores: beds made, room tidied. Kitchen cleaned, garbage out, toys picked up and floors vacuumed.

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