If you are tired of cringing every time someone knocks on the door, then these beginner routines to conquer your housework are for you!
You’re chatting with your friend on the phone and you haven’t seen each other in a couple of months. You know how it goes…you’re so wrapped up in taking care of your family that your friends seem to fall by the wayside, right?
Your friend says, “Hey…I’m right up the street from you right now….why don’t I just swing by for a visit?”
You panic. The kitchen is a mess from last night’s dinner, you haven’t touched the hall bathroom in who knows how long, and your living room looks like a tornado swept through it this morning.
So you make an excuse. “Um, Johnnie has been sick this morning and I don’t want to spread his germs. We’d better plan on another day.”
If you’ve been here before, I think I can help! Mind you, this won’t change things overnight, but these beginner routines can help you conquer your housework once and for all!
How to form a routine
A new routine can be difficult to get going…because it’s not yet automatic! You have to take some daily action to turn your new routines into a habit.
Did you know that it takes about 4 weeks (28 days) to form a new habit?
28 days of repeating the same things over and over, and they will become second nature to you!
I find that waking up at a set time every day, even day’s I don’t have to, helps me be consistent in how I start my day.
Let’s say you wake up at 6:30 every day.
I start my day with a cup of coffee, my iPad, and my favorite game (Seeker’s Notes, if you’re wondering). I sit on the couch, play my game, and sip on my coffee for probably 30 minutes before I start any “action”.
This is my routine. I do this every day, no matter what!
Then, after all that is done, I start in on my housework!
So put that empty cup of coffee in the sink, and let’s get our day started!
Step 1 – Make Your Bed
Have you seen the YouTube video below?
If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.
The idea here is simple. Making your bed first thing in the morning ensured that you have accomplished at least one thing this day.
Making your bed is the first step in your housework routine! Don’t worry about this kids beds….just your own.
And don’t leave me an article about how keeping your bed messy is good for your health. You know that’s just an excuse to not make your bed.
And if you can come up with an excuse for that, you can come up for one for everything.
And isn’t that what left you with this messy house to begin with?
Step 2 – Swish & Swipe the toilet!
There is nothing worse than having company over, and being afraid for them to use the toilet.
Girls…I have 3 boys in addition to my husband, and there is no such thing as a clean toilet at the end of the day.
If you have boys, I’m sure you can feel me on this one.
So why not start the day with 2 minutes of your time to swish the toilet brush around the toilet, and then use a microfiber cloth to swipe the whole thing down….even a quick swipe around the base of the toilet because…you know…boys.
I really love these microfiber cloths for cleaning the house….and the embedded silver helps make sure they don’t lay around getting smelly if I want to use them for a couple days in a row!
Step 3 – Dirty Clothes in the Hamper
So now our bed is made, our toilet is clean, and it’s time to quickly pick up the dirty clothes laying around and throw them in the hamper!
This step is SO easy, and yet makes a huge difference in how you feel about your room!
Literally, I think you’ve maybe spent 5 minutes doing these things already, right?
Don’t you feel accomplished?
Step 4 – Empty the Dishwasher
We’ll get to the nighttime routine in another post, but hopefully, you’re turning on that dishwasher every night before you go to bed.
So when you’re ready to move around in the morning, you should take 5 minutes and empty it out.
Having an empty dishwasher means you have a place to put all of those dirty dishes throughout the day, instead of having them pile up in the sink or on the countertop.
Isn’t that nice?
The extra blessing from this step is your family will always have clean cups, plates, and silverware!
Step 5 – Start a Load of Laundry
Is this the most dreaded chore in your house?
Ugh. It is in mine.
But it’s mostly because laundry seems to pile up so fast!
By starting a load every morning, you can stay caught up all week. And you’ll never be overwhelmed by a mountain of laundry calling your name.
The best part?
You bless your family by always having their clothing clean and ready to be put away!
You won’t ever feel the need to have a “laundry day” again if you’re starting a load every morning.
It’s a nice feeling!
A Great Start to Your Day
Oh my goodness.
This might be the first day in a long time that you have accomplished so much so early…and so easily!
In less than 20 minutes, you have made your bed, cleaned your toilet, picked up the dirty clothes, emptied the dishwasher, and started a load of laundry!
Wow! Not bad for beginner routines!
Go ahead and pat yourself on the back!
I am so proud of you!
Even if you manage to get nothing else accomplished today, look at all you have already done.
Are you smiling yet? You should be!
Join Me on Facebook
I have just begun a community group on Facebook where I can give you daily reminders to get your beginner routines done, and we can share our accomplishments along with our struggles.
Please join me in the closed group – that means only members will see what you post!
I’d love to get to know you better over there!