Daily chores are the secret to keeping a clean and comfortable home. They keep the house fresh, the kitchen clean, and clean clothes available for the family.
Of course we could simply try not living at home and buying new clothes everyday, but who wants to live like that? A house you never enjoy isn't pleasant, and constantly buying new clothing is definitely not frugal.
On the other hand we don't want to spend all day scrubbing our house. I know I have no desire to spend hours scrubbing every nook and cranny day-in, day-out. Ugh. Spring cleaning is one thing. Spring cleaning as my daily lifestyle? You've got to be kidding!
How do you do it? Divide and conquer.
Divide daily chores into 3 categories.
Morning chores start the day. These chores include tasks designed to tidy up after our night time activities (sleeping) and preparing the house for the day. It usually takes me 10 minutes from start to finish with each child making their own bed and tidying their bedroom. I inspect.
- Make beds
- Quick tidy of bedrooms
- Open curtains
- Wipe bathroom counter
- Start a load of laundry if you do laundry daily
Evening chores close down the house and usually take us 20-30 minutes. Toys are picked up, floors swept, and curtains closed. As long we do our evening chores we wake up to a tidy house in the morning, and the morning chores are a snap.
- Pick up toys
- Sweep and vacuum the house
- Take laundry to the laundry room
- Ensure laundry is dried and put away
- Take trash and recycling out
- Quick Tidy
- Close Curtains
- Lock doors
One trick I use to encourage my preschoolers to pick up their toys without complaint, is television. They're allowed to watch a TV show while I finish prepping dinner for the family, but I won't turn on the TV until their toys are picked up. It turned my fussy tots into enthusiastic workers!
Kitchen chores are timeless, meaning they happen every time we eat. It doesn't matter if it's morning, noon, evening, or night, the kitchen needs to be tidied.
- Load dishwasher or wash and put away the dishes
- Wipe countertops and table
- Sweep the kitchen
- Think about the next meal – what's for dinner tonight or breakfast in the morning?
Doing these chores daily probably won't give you the cleanest house in town, but they will give you a clean and comfortable home to live in without spending hours scrubbing.
Ultimately isn't that the goal?