I’m not a lazy girl, but I know many of my readers proclaim to be lazy when it comes to keeping a home clean. They desperately want a clean home but often ask ‘can’t it be a clean enough house?’
Truth be told, most of these moms aren’t lazy at all. They are stay at home moms, working women, women stuck in the sandwich generation and trying to keep it all together while caring for aging parents. They are far from lazy.
But at the end of the day, cleaning is the last thing they want to be doing. Let’s face it. We can all relate, lazy or not.
I don’t enjoy cleaning as much as I did when I was a lot younger. Now, instead of doing it myself, I pay someone to clean for me. Of course, they don’t clean exactly as I would but they do the heavy lifting so I can focus on areas they just don’t get to.
So, today I offer you a simple routine for keeping a clean home, or at least clean enough, lazy or not.
The Lazy Girl’s Solution To A Clean-Enough House
So to start off, I’ve chosen these particular house cleaning tasks for its ability to almost instantly transform you home, lift your mood and fake out the guests.
Make Your Bed
There are lots of pros and cons to making a bed and here is how I kill two birds with one stone.
When you get out of bed in the morning, pull back the covers and allow the bed to “air out”. Do your usual morning routine of showering and shaving and all the rest while you allow the bed to breath.
Once you’re done with your personal hygiene routine, go and make the bed before you leave the room.
Take the time, which in all honesty should take you less than 2 minutes to complete, to make the bed look nice and freshly made. Don’t just yank the covers up and leave your bed a wrinkled mess.
Pull up the covers, place the comforter properly in place and even put those decorative throw pillows your husband chucks off the bed nicely into place.
Now, if you step back can you see how this one little task has instantaneously transformed your bedroom?
The added benefit of making your bed each day includes how inviting our bed will look at the end of a long day.
Make your bed!
Tidy The Bathroom
In my home, this chore falls to whoever used the bathroom last which is usually me.
To keep your bathroom clean enough, pick up the dirty laundry and towels off the floor and put in a laundry basket or hamper.
If anything is left out on the counter, put it away and out of sight.
Finally with a wipe, wipe down the mirror, sink, and toilet seat/top of the bowl in that order. Flush and you’re out the door.
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Do One Load A Day
Letting your laundry pile up is a big no, no even if you are a lazy girl. The best way to stay on top of laundry is to do one load a day. This way you’re not spending your entire weekend doing nothing but clothes.
Believe me, once you get the hang of doing a load a day, you’ll be so glad you did because you won’t be drowning in laundry anymore.
Doing a load a day ensures clothes are off the floor (at least for a period of hours during the day) and that piles are kept to a minimum.
These two tasks are your primary day time tasks that should be completed before you leave the house for work. Everything else is going to be handled when you get home from work.
Clear Surfaces of All Clutter
To make this work most efficiently and effectively have everyone in the house participate in this activity, even if they are lazy kids or husbands.
I do this at this at the end of supper or before everyone goes to bed for the night so that when we wake up in the morning, the house is free of clutter and looks more organized and inviting.
This activity only takes a few minutes to complete. Have each family member take their belongings upstairs and put them away at the end of the day. I like to keep small baskets at the stairs with each person’s name on them so they have a place to drop their stuff each day. They take the basket with them as they head to bed and bring it back in the morning empty.
Clean the Kitchen
After dinner, wipe down the kitchen counters and stove top, sweep the floor, empty the garbage, clear and wipe down the table and empty the sink of all dishes. If the kids are old enough, have them help.
When you wake up the next morning, the kitchen is presentable and ready for you to start the day.
If you don’t do this each evening your house is going to look like a bomb went off and well, you don’t want that. This is the perfect good enough kitchen clean.
Fluff the Throw Pillows and Blankets
As you walk through the living room on your way to bed, put all of the throw pillows and blankets back in place, giving the pillows a little fluff. If there are kid toys strewn about, have the children put them away before their bedtime. Now the room is fresh and ready for a new day.
Is the house clean? No. But this simple routine is the perfect solution for keeping your home clean enough.
Lazy or not, you’ll have a home that looks clean and tidy until you have the time to give your home a deep down cleaning.
That’s it! When clean enough has to be good enough too, that, lazy girl is your solution for a clean enough house. Let me know how it works for you!