I took this picture the other night of the "how to" cleaning books that sit on my shelf. How nice would it be if just having these books would make my house stay clean. Of course without reading the books and applying the techniques and ideas that are written on their pages this will not happen.
What is the number one way to keep your house clean? Are you ready for it? Ok, here it is... My Secret and the number one way to keep your house clean is....
Yep, that's right - Routines. I know to some of you this may sound too easy or silly but to others of us it makes perfect sense. About 11 1/2 years ago in an attempt to get a handle on my housekeeping chores and make them easier I searched the Internet for ideas. A dear friend of mine helped in the search and we found an awesome web sight to get us started.
We were fly babies way before it was cool. lol Anyway I am almost ashamed to say that I have worked my way through Fly Lady's steps more than once or twice. In fact it seems that every time I feel like I am losing control of the order in my house I fall back to her and her system of doing things. The one thing she stresses the most out of everything is establishing ROUTINES and habits.
Are you starting to get the picture of what is important?
Having a consistent established routine is important in everything we do. Bed time with our kids and their daily routines, our Bible reading, housecleaning, etc...
We are "creatures of habit" and most of us work better when we are following some type of routine.
What should your routine look like?
This will look different for different people depending on your own individual family needs. There is no right way or wrong way it just has to be something workable that you can do and keep up with. Start small and simple. Take "Baby Steps" and build from there.
I am writing this post on this subject because as you probably can guess I am feeling a bit out of sorts with my house work - AGAIN! My house is not a disaster area but it is not where I want it to be. So I reevaluate my old routines to see where I need to adjust and attempt to make things better.
Start with a simple "Bedtime Routine". Think about the things that you would like to have done when you wake up in the morning. Flylady suggests shining your sink which basically means that all of your dishes are done and table and counters are wiped off before you go to bed. If that is important to you then maybe that is a great place for you to start.
Let me stress (because this tends to be my problem) that just writing down what you hope will turn into habits and become a routine for you will not make it be so no more than the books sitting on my shelf on how to clean my house will make my house be clean. You have to actually get up, get moving and make it happen. It will get easier the more you do and the benefits from having a neat and tidy house will be a blessing to your whole family.
I break my Bedtime Routine in 3 parts. Join Me tomorrow and I will break down my Evening/Bedtime Routine for you and we will get started on establishing good habits.
There are many websites, blogs and books that can help you and inspire you to get your house work in order. Fly Lady is just the one that I personally like the best. It can be a bit overwhelming if you do not follow her steps and do them one at a time. Trust me, trying to skip ahead will only leave you frustrated.