My evening routine I posted yesterday has something in it that when you just look you think, "that cannot all be done in that time frame!" But, it actually can. I call it (as do many) the 15 minute tidy.
When I first was married I found the Fly Lady. She is a big supporter of timing yourself and doing things in 15 minute increments. Jennifer Scott also shares on her podcast that many times you put off a task, like unloading the dishwasher, but if you time yourself you see this dreaded task only takes four minutes. You spend more time dreading it than the task itself takes!
If you take 15 minutes each night for a whole house tidy, things will never be totally out of control. If you have your family help; even better! While I do the 15 minute tidy this school year Jamie and Juliette will be walking the dogs, then giving Rosie her pill and eye drops as well as a quick brush for her. Christian and Thaddy will be feeding and watering the other pets. My mom will be taking out the trash and unloading the dishes. In 15 minutes with the whole family pitching in, we get a lot done!
The key is doing it EVERY night. The other key is not going over 15 minutes. You can do anything for 15 minutes, but if you try to get EVERYTHING done, nobody will help you at the end of a long day.
By doing the 31 Days to a Clutter Free Home...tidying is all we need to do at the end of each day because everything is already de-cluttered and has a home. I deep clean weekly so all that is done in the 15 minutes is putting everything back in its place.
So set that timer and get tidying!
Read what Madame Chic Jennifer L. Scott has to say on the subject...