My Exact Guide to Maintaining a Simplified Home
Marie Kondo said it best,
“If you think tidying is an endless chore that must be done every day, you are gravely mistaken. There are two types of tidying-”daily tidying” and “special event tidying.” Daily tidying, which consists of using something and putting it back in its place, will always be part of our lives as long as we need to use clothes, books, writing materials, and so on.”
She goes on to suggest that “special event tidying,” when done properly and completely, is a one-time event and should not be a constant part of life. Well, that’s a huge topic that I’m not quite ready to tackle on a blog post, so…
My goal for today is to talk about daily tidying and how I’ve automated routines to stay on top of clutter.
You’ve heard me talk about automating decisions when you can, but I can’t say it enough: I automate easy decisions to save space and mental energy for bigger issues. Nothing gets overlooked, left behind, or too overwhelming to do because I stick to a routine.
This works in all areas of my life. In teaching, I devote one day a week to planning each different subject. Then I batch 5 days worth of plans. I learned that trick from my friend Rose about 5 years ago, and it’s dramatically decreased the amount of time I spend on lesson planning. Same goes when it comes to the work I do at The Case for Simple.
In a nutshell, this is how I’ve established My Simplified Home plan:
Create a short daily routine and expect that I’ll have to do it daily.
Assign one large task per day, for an entire week. (I leave Sundays open for family and rest.)
Make a list of chores I only need to do monthly, or less.
Here’s what it looks like in my life.
Every morning, my husband and I make the bed together. When my baby is older, I’ll teach him how to make his bed! After the baby is down for bed at night, we do a daily reset. This involves sweeping, wiping counters, washing dishes, picking up and putting away toys, coats, shoes, and all the other little things that get brought out throughout the day.
What works for me is to do bathrooms & get groceries on Monday, dust on Tuesday, vacuum on Wednesday, sweep and mop floors on Thursday, declutter on Friday, laundry on Saturday, and meal-plan on Sunday. It’s the same every week. I never have to think about what needs done when, I don’t fret about having company because things are always clean(ish), and cleaning/decluttering never becomes overwhelming.
Even if you switch your days and tasks, I think you get the point! I’ve adapted the schedule from @CleanMama because I follow her on Instagram and like the motivation and encouragement she shares. Staying on her schedule helps me be more accountable!
On this list is things that rarely need done, like spot cleaning rugs, cleaning out the fridge, washing windows, and cleaning the microwave and oven.
If you want to download my exact cleaning schedule, just click here!
Establishing these simple routines (with things I have to do anyway!) has helped me keep my personal and professional work in order. I hope it helps you, too!
P.S. Just in case you need a little encouragement, can I just say that you are strong and capable? If establishing a daily routine sounds intriguing, start today! You won’t regret it.