Now we are pretty far into our challenges, how are you liking them? Is it easier than you thought or harder? How are they going are you enjoying your house more now that it’s staying cleaner? Let me know comment below but, now onto challenge #8 which is one of those challenges that will in turn help you out with a couple of our previous challenges.
CHALLENGE #8: PICK UP AS YOU GO, if you make sure to clean up after yourself as you go throughout the day then you won’t have a big mess at the end of the day to clean. Think of this if you are like me and you cook every meal each day, you pull out the ingredients and make the meal but what happens if after you make the meal you don’t put those items away, after cooking 3 meals that day, it’s a lot of stuff. Or, if you as you go throughout the day you use all sorts of things but don’t put them in their place. You finish up with school for the day and leave out all your supplies or maybe you put them up for the most part but a few things still stay out, all of that adds up to a lot of clutter, so make sure you pick up after yourself as soon as you are done with one thing, clean up and then start on the next thing.
This will help out with keeping the counters clear because if you pick up as you go, your counters should already be empty so all you have to do is wipe them down, the dishes will already all be put in the sink or the dishwasher ready to be washed and if you have been cleaning one room per day this will also cut down on work you have to do in those rooms.
Just make a habit of it, and one more thing that helps with this is make sure you don’t leave a room empty handed if you see something out of place in a room pick it up and put it away that simple!
How has challenge 4 been going? Are your children getting into picking up after themselves or are they putting up a fuss? If it has been tough and they don’t want to cooperate, just persevere it will be worth it, I know it will take time but you can do it!!
Do you have a plan for getting your laundry done? I used to never have a “plan” I just did laundry when I felt up to it which was a horrible plan because let’s face it, I hate doing laundry and very rarely felt up to it and laundry would get piled up and once I did get to it, it was much harder to get through than if I would have kept up with it.
CHALLENGE #5: DO ONE LOAD OF LAUNDRY A DAY. I started implementing a new plan, to do laundry every single day. Even if it was only a very small amount, laundry got washed, dried, and folded once every single day and before I knew it I started enjoying doing my laundry……………. ok that is completely un-true, I still can’t stand doing laundry, but I can truthfully say that doing it only one time every day makes it so much easier and makes laundry seem not so bad and I can get through the laundry for the day (not counting the time it is washing and drying) in about 30 minutes or less and that’s including everything being folded/hung, and put away! Go get started on this challenge! An additional tip I have for this is to start a load washing early in the morning and then switch it over as soon as it’s finished that way you can fold/hang it and have everything put away earlier in the day instead of saving this for the night. That will help you feel more accomplished just to have it done earlier and you will have plenty of time to do the other things you need to do at night.
*If you are at the place where you have put off laundry for a while and have a ton to get through don’t just totally skip this part of our challenge because you feel like you can’t get it done, I encourage you to just at least start with one load of laundry a day and try to add in a couple extra loads here and there and before you know it you WILL be caught up, I promise, if I can do it you can too!!