Running around after a toddler, two dogs and carpenter husband means life around our house can get a little messy. I wish I could tell you that my house was immaculate and my floors sparkled while my kitchen counters shined. But if you could sneak a peek into my reality you would see that there are cloth diapers on the side chair, toys on the floor and stuff randomly placed on my counters. Tell me someone out there can relate to this? And while I don’t have the domestic goddess thing down just yet, I have started using this 6 step nighttime routine for a cleaner home and it has made all the difference.
The best part is, each of these steps takes a grand total of 5 minutes at most! Which means in about 30 minutes or less you’ll be well on your way to much cleaner and stress-free home. And when you’ve already had a crazy day anything that helps with the stress level is a good thing, right?!
And don’t forget to grab your FREE nighttime routine checklist (spoiler alert: it’s at the end!) to help you stay on track! Because really, who doesn’t love checking off a good checklist?!
Alright, here we go…
- Make sure to empty your sink, including your drying rack: something about going to bed with a sink full of dishes is something I just can’t handle. The rest of my house can be in complete chaos, but if the dishes are done then I can handle anything the day throws at me. It’s also because the more dishes pile up the more overwhelmed I am by them and are therefore less likely to do them. It’s not pretty when that happens. So by emptying out the sink each night I can nip it in the bud before it ever gets out of control.
- Run the dishwasher: after you’ve emptied the sink, chances are good that you have a full dishwasher. So make life easy on yourself and let your appliance clean for you while you sleep! That way when you get up in the morning you can quickly put some clean dishes away and start fresh for the day.
- Wipe down kitchen counters: once the dishes are handled take a quick second to wipe down your kitchen counters. This is something that literally take less than 2 minutes to do but makes such a difference in the overall cleanliness of your home. Don’t get crazy here, just spray your favorite all-purpose cleaner, wipe and move on. Easy, right?
- Take out the garbage: the last thing you want to wake up to in the morning is a home that smells like something died in your kitchen. If you take your garbage out before you go to bed, not only do you prevent that from happening, but you also have a fresh new bag for the new day. A simple step that has a positive impact, love when it’s easy like that!
Look familiar to anyone?
- Do a quick pick up around the main living area of your house: notice how I didn’t say you’re entire house. That’s for another time. Simply at night, focus on your main spaces. For us, that’s the family room. Which is usually always covered in toys. By doing a quick pick up suddenly our space that was in complete chaos is put back in order and ready for a brand new day. And while I’m under no illusion that my family will come in and create a whole new mess, at least when I wake up in the morning I’m not greeted with the overwhelming stress that comes with a disaster zone for a home.
- Sweep/wipe high traffic floors: I used to not really care much about my floors. Then I became a mom of a toddler and realized she was all over them. And if I didn’t keep up with them she was going to be introduced to a whole world of grossness. Like my fancy terminology there?! But by doing a quick sweep and/or wipe down of our high traffic areas each night, I could stop worrying about what my daughter was crawling all over. And not only that, but it helped make our whole house seem so much cleaner with very minimal effort.
6 steps may seem daunting at first, but I can promise you they make a huge difference. And the best part is, you’ll find that once you start implementing these nightly habits in your home once or twice it will take no time at all as you continue to do them throughout your week. Sometimes it’s the simplest changes that have the biggest impact on our homes.
And make sure to grab your FREE nighttime routine checklist to help you get started before you go!
What do you think? What kind of routine do you have to help keep your home under control? All tips and tricks are welcome!