Your routines probably will not look like mine. They'll probably change a little over time. I suggest you pick two or three things and ..... this is the important part. .... do them every morning and every afternoon. I also suggest you, at first, write it down and check it off your list. Pretty soon, you'll do it automatically.
I've done this for so long that I naturally count in my head every morning. When I get to 4, I walk out the door.
My bedroom, bathroom and kitchen always look presentable.
My morning routine (done before I leave the house for work):
1. Make bed (less than 3 minutes)
2. Clean kitchen (to me this means clean dishes out of dishwasher and no dirty dishes in sink, fresh kitchen towel, and clear counter tops, about 5 minutes including unloading dishwasher)
3. Swish and swipe master bath (to me it means squirt toilet bowl cleaner in and swish the brush around, then take out a Clorox cleaning cloth and wipe down counter top and toilet seat- all this takes about 1 minute)
4. Swish and swipe guest bath (same thing in small bathroom, about 1 minute)
Evening (done before bed):
1. Pick out clothes for tomorrow and lay them out like a third grader (This takes about 3 to 5 minutes)
2. Clean kitchen (same routine done in morning)
Why this works for me
- Its fast
- Its easy to remember
- I see immediate results
- Seeing a clean bathroom and kitchen first thing in the morning and first thing when I walk in the door from work just makes me happy
- If you stay on top of it, you don't have much to clean
- If I have any hope for looking cute in the mornings, I have to think about what I'm going to wear and lay it out the night before
- At night, I have more time to find a scarf, earrings, shoes and make sure everything is clean or anything else I need to complete an outfit
- Picking out my clothes the night before saves me at least 10 minutes every morning and probably more
- With the kitchen and bathroom clean (and counter tops free of clutter) I'm comfortable having someone stop by anytime
- When someone asks to use the bathroom, I don't have to go check it first
Alejandra Costello calls it her "dirty 30". 30 minutes of house cleaning daily. I've tried to implement a 15 minute version of this every day but its still hit and miss with me. It just hasn't taken hold in my everyday life yet. I manage to do this maybe twice a week.
Fly lady suggest doing one load of laundry every day. There has been weeks in a row which I've done this, but for some reason or another, I just cant keep the momentum. (probably because I don't like to fold clothes).
Walking daily. I want to do it, but still can't seem to fit it in. I'm still trying.