One of my greatest passions is to continually preach this mantra: It is possible to be a good homemaker while working outside the home! There are so many women who long for this reality but aren’t quite sure it’s possible. I’m here to tell you that it is!
Here’s the catch – daily maintenance makes a huge difference. Just like you can’t only eat healthy on Saturday and lose weight, it’s really hard to maintain a well-managed home if you only clean once a week.
I’ve found the most success in maintaining a presentable home by doing one or two chores each day. It only takes a few minutes to accomplish these tasks in my little ranch home, so unless you’re vacuuming 10,000 square feet of carpet you can fit these into your busy day too!
- Empty Litter Box
- Clear & Wipe Down Kitchen Counters
- Empty Dish Drainer & Clean the Sink
- Tidy Living Room
- Make the Bed
- Wipe Bathroom Surfaces
- Sweep kitchen floor
- Run/Empty Dishwasher (as needed)
Weekly – I try to do these as soon as I get home from work or immediately after cleaning up from supper
- Monday: Dust
- Tuesday: Clothes Laundry (start in the AM, fold in the afternoon)/Vacuum
- Wednesday: Hall Bathroom
- Thursday: Clothes Laundry (start in the AM, fold in the afternoon)
- Friday: Master Bathroom
- Saturday: Linen Laundry/Vacuum/Mop/Change Sheets
These daily chores really give my schedule so much breathing room! If I’m gone overnight or for the weekend, I’m not horribly behind on my housekeeping. One tip: give yourself a buffer day. Thursday only has one chore – laundry – so if I need to work ahead for a weekend away I’ll clean the bathroom or vacuum on that day as well.
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It is possible to have a tidy home, but it takes intentional effort each day. And by the way, I’m not against enlisting help with these chores! Get your kids involved or hire some help if you’re able. ❤