How To Create An Evening Routine That Will Save You Time

How To Create An Evening Routine That Will Save You Time

Setting up a daily routine in the evening can be quite rewarding allowing you to get evening chores done in a short amount of time.

By creating an evening routine you can get more done in less time allowing you to spend more time with your family.  Life is great when we are not stressing about the housework or the next thing on our list.

In this post, I’m going to walk you through how I created my own evening routine and how I was able to save about 2 hours a day.  I was able to spend more time with my family, my house became cleaner, and I felt accomplished before I went to bed.

How to declutter every room in your home quickly

Removing clutter from your home can be a very overwhelming task.  From knowing where to start to figure out what to get rid of. In this post, I'm going to share with you how you can declutter every room in your home quickly.  I'm going to also show you my daily 20-minute decluttering tips so you can quickly conquer your clutter.

Not only is getting rid of clutter rewarding but it also helps keep your home clean and you'll have an easier time of organizing your home.

If you find this post too extensive, I created a free printable for you.  This decluttering checklist you can print off and use to declutter your home.

 In this post, Jenn shows you how to declutter every room in your home quickly.  She also shows you how her 20-minute decluttering process works.  Declutter your home and become more organized by only spending 20-minutes a day at this.  There's a free decluttering checklist too to help you become more organized. #cleanhome #declutter #decluttering #wheretostart #wheretostartcleaning #organizedhome #declutteryouhouse #clutterfree #howtodeclutteryourhome #howtodeclutter #declutterandorganize

With everything that you have going on in your life, the last thing you want to have to worry about is the clutter.  Unfortunately, self-storage is a 30 billion dollar industry. Which means that a lot of Americans have a hard time saying goodbye to their clutter.

Before I get into my decluttering process I want to share a few decluttering tips that I've found help me with the decluttering process.  These decluttering tips hopefully will help you know where to start and know what to say goodbye to.

I’m overwhelmed with the clutter, where should I start?

Not knowing where to start is a very common problem that many people have.  The problem is we tend to look at the entire room or the entire mess and not just a section.

Here’s how I’m able to choose:

I pick a room that we tend to use a lot.  

The reason why I choose this room first is that we are constantly looking at the clutter causing anxiety.  I am constantly thinking about the clutter.

Another reason why I choose this room first is that we are going to see the reward quickly.  If you tend to use this room you’ll see the clutter but you’ll also see it clean too. This helps with giving you a quick win.

Break the room into small sections

If you are drowning in clutter there’s no way you’re going to get through the clutter quickly.  So I like to break the room into small sections.

You might have to rethink small.

Think a drawer, shelf, tabletop as sections.

I like to mark the section with a sticky note marked:

  • Section #1

  • Section # 2

  • And so on for a whole week.

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Getting rid of clutter

The clutter didn’t appear overnight so you can’t expect it to leave that quickly.  By breaking the room into small sections and only spending 20 minutes at it (more on that soon!) you will not feel overwhelmed.

You’re going to see improvement quickly and you’ll still have time to do what you need to do each day.

The next problem people face when it comes to decluttering is:

How to know what to throw away when decluttering?

We tend to hang on to broken items because “we’ll fix it when we have time” then you are still looking at it 7 years later.  Or you used that second egg beater 5 Christmases ago when you had everyone over but you never have again.

We don’t want to waste our money but when is enough enough?

Here’s how I handle that.

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Throwing away broken items

Here are a few questions to ask yourself:

  • Are you completely in love with this item?

  • Is this item fixable?

  • If so, is it worth it?  

  • Have I purchased a replacement?

  • Can I fix this or do I need to have someone fix this for me?

  • If it’s going to be fixed, when EXACTLY is this going to be fixed?

You are putting yourself on the spot to make this happen.  If you’ve purchased a replacement toss it.

Figuring out if it’s worth it to fix, will it cost more than it’s worth or cost more than buying a new one?

Remember, material items don’t have feelings, we do and if it’s been sitting in your home collecting dust and space for years, it might be time to toss it.

Getting rid of clutter you don’t use

This might be harder for people because this clutter is still working but it isn’t used.  My rule is a year. If you haven’t touched it in a year, it’s probably safe to say goodbye to the item.  However, there are exceptions to this rule.

  • Seasonal items

  • Hand me downs (with exceptions)

If there are items on a table that haven’t been touched in a year or more.  It’s a safe bet that you won’t be needing those items and you can send them to a second-hand store.

If this is hard for you just remember how you feel when you walk into this room.  Are you happy when you walk in? Are you frustrated? Overwhelmed? Keep that feeling inside when you are going through those items.

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Let’s talk exceptions.

Seasonal items.

If you only use them once a year it might be a good idea to find a storage place for them.  But if you know that you will use these seasonal items again, keep them.

It is a good idea to take inventory of these items so when that time of the year comes around, you don’t forget you have them and end up buying something similar.

Hand me downs

This is tough.  If you know you are going to be growing your family you don’t want to throw away all of those baby clothes.  However, you do want to toss the clothes that are broken, stained, or just not something you use (regardless if it was a gift or not).

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How to declutter your home

Decluttering needs to be an ongoing thing.  The reality is items are going to keep coming into the house so it’s important to keep ourselves in check and purge from time to time.

Before the clutter takes over.

Since my life is crazy I don’t have weekends to devote to the clutter that’s why I only spend 20 minutes on it.

I know that I can spare 20 minutes most days (yes there are days that are too busy and that’s okay).

What items you’ll need:

To start decluttering today, just grab 3 baskets, containers, or bags, label them donate, recycle, and garbage.  Then, grab a timer (or your phone) and you’re ready to go.

I created a video of my decluttering process.  In this video, you’ll see me declutter a basket that is busting at the seems.  I spend 10 minutes sorting and 10 minutes cleaning up. This way I’m ending my decluttering session cleaner than I started.

My hope is that this video will help motivate you to start decluttering your home today.

If you'd like a quick reference to your decluttering process, download the free 20-minute decluttering checklist.

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How can I keep your home clean?

By reading this post, and watching the video you are on your way to conquering the clutter.  There are a few things to keep in mind to make sure you are successful with decluttering your home.

Remember to think small when you are decluttering.  Clutter is overwhelming and not something we want to have.  If you look at an entire room you may feel too overwhelmed to start.  Create about 7 sections in a room you want to declutter.

These 7 sections will give you a week's worth of decluttering.  You’ll only be spending 20 minutes at it so you don’t have to worry about finding the time to do it.

Remember, material items don’t have feelings, we do and if it’s been sitting in your home collecting dust and space for years, it might be time to toss it.

The only way to declutter is to part with broken and unused items.  If items are broken beyond repair there’s no reason to hold on to them.  If you haven't used something in a year or more you probably won’t and it’s okay to say goodbye to them.

Use the free decluttering printable to help guide you through the decluttering process.

Thank you so much for stopping by, below are a few other posts that I think you might find helpful.

Have an amazing day!

Jenn

What You Need To Clean In March & A Free Cleaning Schedule

 Knowing what to clean when is super confusing.  In this post, Jenn shares what needs to be cleaned in March.  She also shares her March cleaning schedule that you can print off and use to clean your home too. #monthlycleaningschedule #cleanhome #cleaningroutine #wheretostartcleaning #monthlycleaningchecklist #monthlycleaningscheduleforworkingmoms #cleaningschedule #cleaningscheduleforworkingmoms

Knowing what to clean when is super confusing.  In this post, I'm going to share what needs to be cleaned in March.  I've also put together a free March cleaning schedule that you can print off and use to clean your home too.

I love lists and schedules.  Since my mind is flying by a mile a minute I need lists and schedules to keep me going.

I'm one of those people that will find a dirty sock in the living room then go to put it away just to find myself an hour later, I'm in the garden shed reorganizing the gardening supplies.

That's why I need lists and schedules in my life.  To keep me focused and on task.

Years ago, I got tired of my ways and created a year-long cleaning schedule for myself.  I broke it into months and I work off it one month at a time.

Each month I share that month's cleaning schedule in a blog post hoping that it will help you with the cleaning.

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Before I share the schedule with you I want to explain why I've done this.  

There is a lot of cleaning and maintenance that needs to be done around the house.  Not everything needs to be cleaned or maintained each day, week, or month either.  There are tasks that are needed to be done four times a year, twice a year, and yearly.

By breaking those tasks up into schedules I'm able to make sure my house is being cleaned and maintained without forgetting things like replacing filters or washing baseboard (before a problem occurs or it's embarrassing).

I don't have a lot of time to devote to cleaning so I make sure that my cleaning schedule is as efficient and effective as possible. 

Daily, weekly, and monthly

My daily, weekly, and monthly cleaning tasks don't change.  The beds need to be made, laundry needs to be done, and the toilets need to be scrubbed. So I don't have to worry about that changing from month to month.

Month-specific chores

These are chores that only need to be taken care of 1,2,3, or 4 times a year.  These are tasks that we mostly forget about.  Things like replacing the HVAC filter.  Sure that might not be pulling out the broom and mop but it needs to be replaced to maintain the heating and cooling in my home.

Cleaning light fixtures don't need to be washed each month and I used to never wash them.  Until allergies became an issue in our home things like that didn't even cross my mind.

Now that I'm aware of things like that I make sure I schedule those chores.

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I get overwhelmed and distracted easily...

So I wrote out a list of chores that need to be completed less than 12 times a year and added a few to each of my monthly cleaning schedules.  This allowed me to not worry about if I was going to remember to clean something because each month I have a new list of month-specific chores.

Do you need a cleaning schedule to follow?

If you're like me and you get distracted easily and need lists and schedules to keep you going then you'll love the FREE March Cleaning Schedule.  In this schedule, you'll find everything that needs to be cleaned daily, weekly, monthly, and in March.  

It's free and to print out and follow.  You can click the button below to grab yours.

In conclusion...

With a little bit of planning ahead, you can rest assured that your home is staying maintained and clean.  It doesn't have to be overwhelming either.  Use the print out so you'll have one less thing to worry about.

Thank you so much for stopping by.  I've added a few posts below that I thought you might enjoy.  Have an awesome day.  

Jenn

What You Need To Clean Each Day To Stay Ahead

 Staying ahead of the cleaning can be quite overwhelming.  In this post, Jenn shares with you how to stay ahead of the daily cleaning by creating a daily cleaning schedule.  She shares what to include and how to do it without taking too much time.  She also shares her daily cleaning schedule with you for free.  #dailycleaningschedule #cleanhome #cleaningroutine #wheretostartcleaning #dailycleaningchecklist #dailycleaningscheduleforworkingmoms #cleaningschedule #cleaningscheduleforworkingmoms

As busy moms, it can be so frustrated to keep up with the cleaning.  In this post, I'm going to share with you what you need to clean each day to keep up on the mess.  I've also put together a daily cleaning checklist that you can follow to help ease the overwhelm.

Setting up a daily cleaning schedule can seem quite overwhelming.  Where do you start?  What really needs to be cleaned every day?  It's a tangled mess that we really end up over thinking.  

It's taken me years to come up with a daily cleaning schedule that doesn't feel like it takes all day and I'm able to "stay ahead" or "on top" of the cleaning.  The last thing anyone wants to do is clean their house all day every day.

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Setting up your daily cleaning schedule

Setting up your cleaning schedule can be easier said than done.  The key to setting this up is to make the schedule non-overwhelming.

I've found there are a few key tips that I use to make my cleaning schedule simple to plan and simple to use.

What needs to be done?

This is the first question that needs to be asked to start your daily cleaning schedule.  When you look around your house what do you see that needs to be done?  Dishes? Probably.  Sweeping?  If your house is anything like mine, YES!  

The next thing that you'll want to do when putting your cleaning schedule together makes the chores you're writing down as specific as possible.  If you write down "clean the bathroom" you might start feeling overwhelmed because of everything that needs to be included in that chore.

The first thing you'll want to do is walk through your house and write down everything that you see that needs to be done (making sure you're writing specific chores down).  

Don't worry about the length of the list, it will get shorter.  

What I found when putting this list together is I wrote down thing that really didn't need to be done each day.

If you're stuck I'll help.  Here are some things that need to be cleaned on a daily basis:

  • Dishes
  • Laundry
  • Picking up clutter (shoes, toys, etc.)
  • Sweeping the kitchen
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It's time to take action!

Now it's your turn.  Grab a piece of paper and walk through the house.  Write down everything that you think will need to be cleaned each day.

Making your list a little more realistic

Now that you have your list it's time to narrow that list down.

Like I said earlier, you probably wrote down chores that really don't need to be done each and every day.  You see it dirty now, but if you clean that now will you need to tomorrow?

So, grab your list, and cross off everything that you won't need to do every day.

Here are a few common chores that people think that need to be done each day but can be done once a week or a few times a week:

  • Vacuuming
  • Scrubbing toilets

Try not to over think the list.  The idea is to stay ahead not clean for important guests each day.

Please keep in mind:

I think of my daily cleaning schedule as my surface cleaning time.  I want to:

  • Pick up clutter (not declutter that's a whole different discussion) like shoes, blankets, and toys and put them back to where they belong
  • Keep up with the dishes
  • Keep the counters clean
  • Make my home overall presentable

What I'm not doing is:

  • Dusting
  • Putting vacuuming lines on the carpet
  • Pulling the fridge out to mop under
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Break your cleaning up into rooms

Once you have your list of chores for your cleaning schedule it's time to break those chores up into rooms.  

On a piece of paper, write down each room that you'll be cleaning each day then write down the chores that need to be done in that room.

Create your cleaning route

The final piece of the cleaning routine is creating a cleaning route that you'll want to take.  The reason for this is it helps with:

  • Overwhelm
  • Distractions
  • Your time

Instead of zigzagging through the house cleaning this and that try creating a route that goes in order of where the rooms are placed.  

I created a video and blog post on this very topic that you can take a look at.

Related: Where To Start Cleaning A Dirty House

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A look at my daily cleaning schedule

My daily cleaning schedule is something that I can do in a matter of 20 minutes.  I make sure that I'm surfacing cleaning and I'm not getting hung up on the non-important cleaning.

It took me a long time to get where I'm at.  That's why I'm writing this post and I have this blog.  I want to share with you the successes that I've been able to overcome. 

You should know that for every success there were hundreds of failed attempts.

The main things that I do to keep up with the daily cleaning are:

  • Maintain the clutter by putting things away
  • Keep up with the dishes
  • Wipe down counters & tables
  • Air out my home (you'd be surprised by what fresh air will do for the home)
  • Wash the sink
  • Sweep the kitchen

Sometimes more or less needs to be done but these 6 chores are what I focus on.

I've found that it's important not to over think the cleaning process and if you're cleaning every day -- even for just a few minutes -- you will stay ahead of the cleaning more than you know.

Creating a daily cleaning schedule from scratch...

Can be overwhelming and paralyzing.  That's why I'm sharing my daily cleaning schedule with you fo' free!  In my daily cleaning pdf, you'll find everything that I do in each room of my home.  

You can download and print it out for you to use as your own daily cleaning schedule.

In conclusion...

With a little bit of planning ahead, it can be possible to stay ahead with the daily cleaning.  By creating a daily cleaning schedule you'll know what to clean and how long it will take.

As time goes on you'll become faster and you'll notice that your home will stay cleaner.

I would love to know in the comments below, what chores do you do every day to stay ahead?  Thank you so much for stopping by.  I've added a few posts below that I thought you might enjoy.

Have an amazing day,

Jenn