Tuesday, September 18, 2012

5 Things to do Every Day

Have you ever had a night when you climbed into bed feeling like you got nothing accomplished that day?

Has your husband ever asked what you got done on a day off work?

Do you know you have a lot to do, but feel overwhelmed at where to start?

If your answer is "yes" to any of the above, I can on...

I am still getting used to caring for a large house  (vs tiny apartment) and needed a simple checklist to make sure things got done around the house.  I found a decent checklist over at Martha Stewart that lists 6 things you should do every day.  I liked the concept, but not really the list, so I altered her idea and came up with this:

Here is my every day list:

1.  Make the Bed. (During the week - I don't use all the throw pillows, just the basics so this is very quick.  On the weekends, I like to to spruce it up for the full effect.) 
2.  Sort the Mail.  (This is something I am tackling on my Get Organized in September checklist as well.  If you sort through the mail daily, the piles won't grow and important documents won't get lost.)
3.  Water the Flowers.  (Unless I know rain is in the forecast, I try to water my roses and front porch pots every day.)
4.  Clean the Counters.  (This includes the bathroom and kitchen counters.  I always spread my makeup and hair supplies all over the bathroom counter when getting ready in the morning.  The 2 minutes it takes to put it back away when I am done really makes a difference.  And nothing feels better than a clean, uncluttered, kitchen counter.)
5.  Clear the Clutter.  (I spend 2-5 minutes in each room of the house to clear the clutter.  This could be removing something that doesn't belong there (like the shoes that always end up EVERYWHERE) or tidying up a small section of the room (like shredding mail in the office).  The key is to not spend more than 5 minutes in each room so you don't feel overwhelmed.)

In all, this routine should not take more than 60 minutes of your day.  I try to do some tasks in the morning (like making the bed and cleaning the bathroom counter) and other tasks after work.  And I am definitely not perfect - you can ask my husband about that.  But, it helps me stay on track most days and at least I know what I got accomplished at the end of the day.  I am still working on a weekly cleaning schedule (because those bathrooms have to get cleaned sometime!)


  1. I really like your list. I agree that doing a little bit each day is a lot less overwhelming than waiting until piles get huge.

    I have been getting better at this. I used to be the type of person that would do everything once a week, but doing things daily makes it so I have way less chores on the once-a-week chore day.


  2. I love this idea and your list. 6 easy things that really make a ton of difference to my day if they get done. Clean counters especially make me feel amazing lol

  3. Really like the idea of having a list of things to do everyday! I'm new to your blog, and I'm having fun reading your posts.

  4. This is a good idea, and a good habit to get into. After 16 years of marriage and 3 kids, I'm still tweaking my daily list. My biggest challenge is making sure that the kids do their part, and clean up little messes each day so that the housework isn't so overwhelming on the weekends.


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