DISHES! Nobody likes doing them, but everybody makes dirty dishes so everybody must help.
Make a rotating chart for the family. Take turns doing the dishes right after dinner and unloading the dishwasher when it is done.. Everybody thinks doing the dishes is the most important, but if the dishwasher is always unloaded after the cycle is through, dirty dishes don’t have to pile up in the sink.
SWEEP! Make it a habit to sweep the floor every night before going to bed. Waking up to a clean house serves as a nice reminder to keep it clean during the day.
ORGANIZE! A place for everything and everything in its place. This applies to the kitchen, too. An organized kitchen is a clean kitchen. Mason jars are one of my favorite things to organize with!
DON’T PROCRASTINATE! Wipe up spills immediately. “I’ll get to it later becomes too easy to forget about. Nothing is worse than a sticky floor. Don’t cry over spilled milk – until it dries on your floor.
JUNK COUNTER! We all have a junk drawer, but how many have a junk counter. You know: the place where everything gets placed when you come in from the garage and don’t really know where it goes. (Purse, phone, bags) Keeping counters free of “junk” will help keep the clean and tidy look.
BE EFFICIENT! While dinner is baking in the oven, use this time to clean up dirty dishes, wipe the counters or sweep. Make good use of your time.