We spoke to a few 'Monica's' and these were their tips!
Before you leave the bedroom in the morning, make your bed. And teach your kids to make their beds too. This simple act creates a sense of order in your bedrooms and sets the day off on a productive start.
There's a huge difference between a bathroom with folded towels or hanging on racks and one with towels all over the floor. Also damp towel crumpled on the floor all day don’t smell too nice. Give that linen a whiff. Yuck!
Clean Your Shower While You Shower
Quickly rinsing the walls and door after each use helps avoid soap scum buildup and it avoids deep cleaning often.
Get the dishwasher emptied so it’s available to load through the day. By doing this first thing it makes for an easier clean up after meals and snacks and prevents the dishes from stacking up in the sink or counters throughout the day.
Washing clothes on a daily basis keeps the dirty pile from becoming overwhelming and keeps everyone in clean underpants!
Everyone gets an ‘own it’ basket. If you see or collect anyone’s stuff throughout the house, it goes in that person’s basket. And then they’re responsible for putting it back into their rooms. It also helps with teaching kids responsibility for their belongings and gives the parents a little break.
As tempting as it is to drop your clothes on the floor after a long day before slipping into your jammies, take two to fold, hang, or place them away. Do this, and your clothes and floor will both look better for it.
You can dramatically cut down on the dinner clean up if you clean and clear as you cook. If you rinse the chopping board while the potatoes are boiling or start loading the dishwasher while the lasagne is baking, the majority of the work will be done by the time you sit down for dinner.
Fight the urge to go to bed with the remains of dinner in the kitchen or on the table. Take care of it that night and wipe down your counter tops. If not the mess harden and be smellier the next day and you’re adding stress to your busy morning instead of getting a head start on the day ahead.
Sort Through The Post and Kids Art on a Daily Basis
Bin any flyers or unnecessary mail that comes through the door, open and file any bills that need to be paid, and keep the special artwork and papers that your kids bring home.
Put the toothpaste tube away and put the toiletries back where they belong. Give the counters and sink a quick wipe and top up the toilet roll.