Sunday, July 24, 2016

90-Day Challenge: The Daily Dozen [Home Edition]

Day 5 of the 90-Day Life Challenge will list the beginnings of my daily household chores/routine. I am not giving myself any direction as far as the time of day or time-frame in which I have to complete the work. This flexibility will help me stick to the routine in the long run.

The Daily Dozen List

  1. Make the bed first thing in the morning.
  2. Keep the countertops clear of clutter and excess
  3. Clean as you cook. Brittany phrases this as "no dead time," which means that while cooking happens, use that time to clean and organize in the kitchen, or in other parts of the house.
  4. Deal with dishes immediately.
  5. Use the 1-Touch Method. The basic idea is that when you touch an item, you should only touch it once on its way to its final resting place.
  6. Wipe down counters. Kitchen, bathroom, etc... need a good wipe-down on a daily basis so sticky nastiness doesn't accumulate.
  7. Scrub the toilet.
  8. Use a daily spray after each shower. I like to use diluted Hydrogen Peroxide (3%) in a spray bottle. It doesn't have a smell, isn't caustic, and does a wonderful job of keeping scum from building up on the shower walls and tub.
  9. Touch up floors. I have a Swiffer vacuum and that works just fine for me. 
  10. Shine the sink. This is so much a favorite that I have an entire post devoted to just this, linked HERE.
  11. Deal with laundry immediately.
  12. 10-Minute Tidy-Up at the end of the day.

Stay tuned for a while, and you'll probably see a set of printable stickers listing the Daily Dozen.

Habits for a Clean Home

These first few daily chores and habits were borrowed from a beautiful, sweet vlogger named Brittany of Vasseur Beauty. <-- This is a link to her YouTube channel. Here is the link to her video "Habits for a Clean Home." I really enjoy how simple and relaxed her approach is to keeping a clean home--she really seems to enjoy what she does.

Hope you watched it. What did I tell you, isn't she the sweetest? The strength of the Daily Dozen as an introductory plan is: It is not a routine, and for the novice, a routine is a difficult thing to just wake up one morning and accomplish. It has to be developed. This way, you can complete the items on the list in any order you choose and let the routines naturally emerge on their own.

Sneak peek: Tomorrow, I will be doing a post about the Daily Dozen: Personal Edition.

Happy reading,

Your Devoted Friend

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