Cleaning AND Organizing

Cleaning AND Organizing
Our homes need constant attention - whether it is cleaning or organizing or quite possibly both. What are the differences and where do they meet in the middle?

Sometimes we just need to do a quick pick up and put away. This is generally what is done day to day. In a family room type space - you are more or less ORGANIZING what is out and about.

At other times (usually once or twice a week) we need to actually do some cleaning. This will include (but not limited to) dusting, vacuuming, wiping things down, etc.

Still other rooms require both at one time - the kitchen and bathrooms. These rooms need constant attention. Bathroom doors should always be left open so that they can air out. Odors in the bathroom become stale VERY quickly. I'm also not a fan of keeping dirty clothes in the bathtub or hiding other

For organizing:

Something I like to recommend is a Household Management Book. This can be as simple as a Reminder tool in your iPhone or what I actually use: I keep my laminated chore charts in this. You can use a 3 ring binder with lined paper and dividers. This can become your best friend.

I like to keep a quarters with of calendar - what ever the current quarter is. I also have a yearly calendar inside. I have printouts of what chores I like to get completed DAILY, WEEKLY, BI-MONTHLY, Monthly, 6 months and Yearly. Then I can write them in on my current calendar. I also include a place where I can keep track of what needs repaired - divided by ROOM. This is a good place to keep your Weekly/Monthly Menu's and extra planning sheets.

I have said it before - we have 8 children and recently my parents moved in with us. That is a total of 12 people in our home. I have to have order out of the chaos that comes from having that many people in one home. This is a way to keep track of what needs to be done and where it needs to be done. All in one handy place. You can get creative or as simple as you would like. It depends on what the needs of your living space is. Smaller spaces and spaces with fewer people require less.

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