Over the years we've found these tips + tricks to be helpful whether your single, married, etc. or have a full house of kids (like I did).
In the most harrowing time of my life I had 4 small children. When my fourth was born, my first was only 4 years and 7 months old. I'm pretty sure I was a lunatic. My days consisted of making food, cleaning up the food, cleaning up the toddlers and by then I needed to make food again. I used to say that if I got a shower, brushed my teeth and combed my hair all in one day -- it was a miracle!
As you can imagine my home was not as spotless as my pre family days when everything was stylishly displayed, organized, dusted and vacuumed (I was actually known to vacuum more than once a week, I admit it -- my OCD was chart topping). Children brought a whole new reshaping to my world of order and calmness. In those years prior to implementing a few easy tools, there was pink mold in my toilet and shower, sandwiches could be found stuffed in my once gorgeous victorian sofa and the unspeakable substances on my windows were... well unspeakable and impossible to remove without harsh chemicals.
But as I gathered my wits and prayed for ways to establish some order and serenity I was blessed with a few wise solutions to my dilemma.
1) How to Keep a Bathroom Tidy Indefinitely! (whether its just you or a house full of people)
In a small caddy:
- keep a container of disinfectant wipes (for non chemical homes fold a stack of paper towels, dampen them with a solution of water and vinegar 1:1, or water and tea tree oil 1/4 c water to 10 drops of oil and then place them in a airtight container or ziplock)
- glass cleaning spray
- roll of paper towels or microfiber cloth
Each evening with everyone heading to bed, wipe down the surfaces of your bathrooms. If you have kids and they're old enough, have them help. When children understand how to do helpful things I believe they appreciate it more.
2) Invest in a small Stick Vacuum.
There are many good ones for less than $100. Pick a time in your day to cruise around the hard surfaces and pick up the crumbs of the day. Children love this chore, even if they don't do the best job, you are teaching them to notice and contribute to the work of the household.
3) Before going to bed each night:
- do the dishes
- tidy common areas
- decide what you're wearing (have everyone else do this too)
This helps the next morning start smoothly and lessens the chaos that can happen.
To reward yourself...
do something fun at the end of each week to celebrate the accomplishments of the prior week.
Decide what that is for you/your home, keep it simple and have fun!
We had informal tea parties with special cups and fun food. My boys and girls helped make all the food and set the table for our weekly "high tea". We spoke in funny voices and truly enjoyed this reward together. If someone had been especially difficult or unwilling to help that week, they missed the tea party but were sure to join the next week! ;)
I truly hope you found something you can implement into your life right now!
Have a beautifully creative day!