Post # 1
So another post had me thinking. My Fiance and I really have a poor time keeping our home clean during the work week. We have two dogs who are like kids, you know you put a toy away and they pull it out. Also we are not dirty but we are messy. We cook and then we forget to put something away or we get home shower and the clothes end up on the floor. I try to be more aware of what I am doing but when i get home my mind goes out the window. I just want to be organized and make my life easier so when the weekend comes we don’t spend the whole daying having to clean.
I need tips or tricks or organization charts maybe even pict-o-graphs LOL.
Post # 3
#1. Work with your habits, don’t try to change your habits to suit your organizational system. If you always drop your bag when you come in the door – try and figure out a way to put a hook or shelf near or on that door where your bag can go. If Fiance always drops his dirty clothes in the bathroom – move the hamper in there instead of in your bedroom. That sort of thing. Think about your key problem areas and how you can fix the area instead of trying to fix yourself. MUCH easier to change your surroundings.
#2. Get ready for bed an hour before you want to go to bed and do a 10 – 15 minute pickup then. It will go SO fast if you do it every night.
#3. Make the bed. It changes your room and your whole house’s organizational mood.
#4. Clean as you go when you’re cooking – don’t put something on the stove and then go work on something else while dishes are still in the sink. Put the dishes away ASAP. If you can sit down to dinner with all the dishes in the dishwasher OR put away, you’ll be in much better shape.
#5. Along those lines, keep up with the dishwasher. If you have a dishwasher, there is never a reason for dishes to be in your sink (unless a pot is soaking or something). Unload the dishwasher the first time you go to take a clean dish out or as soon as you realize it is done. We put it off but it truly only takes 3 – 5 minutes and makes a huge difference in keeping the house tidy.
#6. Contain things. Got a bunch of magazines? They need to have a place they go. Is your coffee table always messy? I would always have some magazines, a couple coasters, the remotes, and maybe some hair ties or other little fiddly things on my ottoman/coffee table. I got a tray, and the rule is – all the “stuff” goes on that tray. It keeps the coffee table clear, looks stylish, and doesn’t require me to change habits much.
#7. Keep supplies where you use them. If you have 2 bathrooms, keep cleaning supplies in each of them versus having to carry the supplies around to each bathroom to clean. It’s more expensive up front to have two sets, but you go through them at half the speed and it evens out quickly – plus you use them more. Keep the vacuum somewhere easy to get in and out.
Hope some of these help – this is just off the top of my head.
Post # 4
Yeah actually that helps a bunch thank you!
Post # 5
I hear this website is actually a pretty good resource on getting organized within your home. You might want to check it out. I think she offers one month’s worth of tips that you grow on day by day until they become habit. http://www.flylady.net/
Post # 6
@NAvery: Love these tips!
I completely agree. The easiest way to try to keep up is actually keeping up. Don’t put it off. When the dishwasher is done running its cycle, the first time someone has a dirty dish, it’s their responsibility to empty the dishwasher. Never leave anything in the sink.
It’s amazing how these little tasks that take less than 5 minutes to do, when added up, seem like this insurmountable amount of cleaning.
Post # 7
Edited: Posted to wrong thread. Whoops.
Post # 8
My cleaning system is to make my husband do it.
Kidding 🙂 Well, sort of. I tend to pick up little things here and there every day to get the clutter out of the way but Sundays when we’re both off, Darling Husband never fails to do laundry and vacuum so I’ll wash dishes and scrub down our bathroom. It really doesn’t take more than half an hour since we have a small apartment.
And I agree that making the bed changes the room. Just that one task makes it feel SO much cleaner but at the same time points out all the little messes around it and it puts me in the mood to straighten up everything else as well.
Post # 9
I have a cleaning system when I bake…I fill up my sink with very hot water and soap. Evreything I use gets dumped in there, I measure 1 cup of honey and the measuring cup goes in the soapy water etc… At the end of the preparation (while the baking item is in the oven) you do the dishes, there is no goopy mess to look forward to because it’s already almost cleaned by the hot soapy water!
You can do the same for cooking dinner!
Post # 10
@WritingBee: +1 I like that idea!
Post # 11
@NAvery: “#1. Work with your habits, don’t try to change your habits to suit your organizational system. If you always drop your bag when you come in the door – try and figure out a way to put a hook or shelf near or on that door where your bag can go. If Fiance always drops his dirty clothes in the bathroom – move the hamper in there instead of in your bedroom. That sort of thing. Think about your key problem areas and how you can fix the area instead of trying to fix yourself. MUCH easier to change your surroundings.”
This is a good list… except my habit is to go home, sit on the internet, then realize it’s 1am.
Post # 12
@RnbwznPuppies: LOL! Oh man, do I hear you on that. I’m the worst at wasting time on the internet. Here are a few tips…
You have to create barriers while you are in your “good behavior” mood. Here’s an example – I have some sites I like to waste time on and can get really sucked into. I use Firefox and was able to download an add-on called LeechBlock – blocks you from getting your time leeched away from you. You can set all kinds of limits – block me after I’ve spent X minutes on Y website in whatever period of time, block the site entirely between certain hours or days, etc. I set that up for myself with one particular site I was bad about. You can also make it so you can’t go in and change the settings during the hours you’ve selected it to be blocked. It’s a good reminder when you’re getting sucked in to snap out of it.
Fiance sets his alarm for a certain time every night. From the time he gets home until that alarm goes off, he has free reign to waste time and do whatever he wants. Once the alarm goes off, that is his “go get stuff done” cutoff. (He came up with this himself, it wasn’t my idea in case you all think I sound really mean!)
Make yourself go in “challenges” – this sounds weird, but it’s basically – work for 15 minutes, play for 15 minutes. Or work for 30 minutes, play for 30. Whatever. I like 15 because it goes by quickly and you can stay really motivated in that short period of time. Again, set an alarm so you don’t get sucked back in. You know you can always go back to the internet in just 15 minutes, so you don’t feel like you have to get it all done before shutting the computer done.
Hope these help 🙂
Post # 13
Just 15- 20 min a day and you can keep the mess away. I’ve learned that if I don’t clean as soon as I get home, it’s not getting done.
Clean the house in stages, Examples: Monday- dust the house. Tuesday- vacuum the house. Wednesday- clean the kitchen. Thursday- clean the bathroom. etc. And this way, you don’t have much to do (if at all) on weekends. it also helps if you both work as a team.
Post # 14
I put a load of laundry in before I go to work. When I get home, it goes into the dryer while I am cooking dinner. After dinner, I fold the clothes. That way I don’t ever end up with tons of laundry on the weekend! If you keep up with it during the week, it never gets away from you!
Post # 15
@NAvery: I’ve tried that, but it doesn’t work. I don’t like when people tell me what to do… even if I’m telling myself what to do. Oh well. Messy dining room table it is!
Post # 16
I generally do a big clean saturday/sunday mornings while my hubby is working for a few hours. During the week though our cleaning is pretty poor, it is not unusal for us to have pile of dishes in the sink and on the counters while the dishwasher is full of clean dishes. We are just too tired during the week, we barely even bother with dinner half the time lol. it is just the two of us though in a small apartment.