I’m one of those women that has to have things in order at home to be able to think straight. I feel so unorganized and discombobulated when my house is messy! Are you like that? But life is busy and it’s easy for things to get out of whack in a flash! Here’s what I try to do to keep things presentable at my house.
#1 – Have a routine.
My best friend in relation to keeping things presentable is one word – Routine. It’s not so much that I clean the floor on this day and dust on that one (though I try to do that), my greatest routine is with the daily things that happen. Let me explain. Every day when I get up, I have a routine that goes like this:
- Feed the cat then sweep the laundry room floor (where Liza’s things are)
- Empty the litter box
- Throw in one load of laundry – On the days when there aren’t enough clothes for a load, I try to wash kitchen towels and pot holders or the throw rugs. This is another way to keep things presentable! In the spring it will also include one room of curtains.
- Make the bed – Let me just stop here and say that this is HUGE to me. The bed takes up so much of the room. If it gets completely made with the comforter smoothed out and straightened up, pillows in place, and accent pillows arranged, the whole room takes on the look of being clean!
- Clean the bathroom. I do this as I’m finishing up getting ready. I actually have a little way that I challenge myself to get it done quickly each day. Other days I’ll deep clean it, but it generally takes me about three or four minutes to wash out the two sinks, the tub, shower and toilet. Everything is shiny and smelling clean when I walk out!
- Empty the waste baskets. When I bring the dirty litter out of the laundry room, I immediately empty the trash in the rooms upstairs and set the bag at the top of the steps to go down to the trash can.
- Put away any clothes or items that are in the bedroom or bathroom.
With all these things done, when I go downstairs and start my day, the upstairs has been touched and cleaned so that it’s all presentable. It might be dusty or need a vacuuming, but it’s straightened up and clean! I love that.
I have another rule of thumb that I say to myself often:
#2 Don’t put it down, put it away.
This little rule keeps my morning routine much easier. That way there isn’t a lot of things that are lying here and there that need attention. That means I immediately put away
- my jewelry when I take it off
- my shoes
- any paper items
- devotional books/prayer journal
- make up
#3 Have a place for everything.
I keep all like things together and have a place where they are stored when purchased or not in use. For instance:
- Cleaning products
- Paper products
- Extra toiletries
Which of these three rules are the most difficult for you? Make one little change at a time, if necessary, until you get your house to a place that makes you feel rested. That’s when you know it’s also presentable, because no one else matters but you and your family!
Refresh your home with three little rules!