5 Home Routines to Keep Things Good Enough

August proved to be a rather hectic month. And lately I have been having a fair number of people over to my home. I love doing this, but it also means that I don’t have a lot of time to clean my house or have extensive home routines. These times are one reason we have a barometer for a too busy life. But I also thought I would share with you what I do to keep things good enough in my home.

Thankfully, having a home free of clutter helps. In fact, since we limit the kids’ toys it takes just a few minutes to pick up. About four minutes, actually, when I’m on a mission. Having things in place that simplify helps, too. And working to implement helpful habits is key.

When we go through seasons like this, I like to keep things simple and streamlined. None of my guests look under the couch, so they don’t know how messy it really is.

Who am I kidding? All they need to do is glance under the table to know that I haven’t mopped in a week month.

These five things are what I do every day. Every. Single. Day. And you know what? It keeps things good enough. I’m okay with good enough. Most of the time, anyway.

5 Daily Routines to Keep Things Good Enough

1. Clean Sinks.

Dirty sinks are just yucky. Keep a spray bottle of cleaner and a rag underneath your sick and every morning after you do your personal care wipe it down. Make it a habit. It takes about 30 seconds when you do it regularly. A clean sink makes everything in the room look better.

Oh, I do clean the toilet daily too. Actually I clean it about 5 times a day. I have 4 and 2 year old’s that use it. Enough said. I guess that really makes six things, but we’ll just throw this one in with the sinks. It’s in the bathroom anyway.

2. Make Beds.

Make your bed. Your room can be perfectly clean, but if the bed isn’t made it will look a mess. The opposite is also true. Even if your room isn’t spotless, it will look fine if someone glances in and the bed looks good.

Make it a habit to make the bed the second you get up. Then you won’t have to worry about it. And you won’t be tempted to crawl back in. Not that I know anything about that.

3. Sweep Floors.

I don’t sweep the entire house, but the kitchen and under the table are a must for my daily routine. Remember the ages of my kids? At 4, 2, and 1 it looks like half their dinner ends up on the floor after every single meal. A daily sweep of those areas keeps things good enough.

4. Cleaning Sprees.

You know how much I love my 5-minute cleaning spree. This is mostly clutter control. We run around the house putting toys and loose items away. We usually do this several times throughout the day so that things never get completely out of control. It also keeps me from tripping over Legos and train tracks. At least most of the time.

5. Nightly Kitchen Cleanup.

It is so tempting to go to bed after a long day and not worry about the kitchen. But it is so not worth it. Thankfully, Brian helps me with this so it goes pretty quickly. If I didn’t keep up with this on a daily basis, things would quickly spiral out of control. And then it gets so overwhelming I don’t know where to start. It’s a bad cycle you don’t want to get in.

The rest of my cleaning I get done on different days throughout the week. And sometimes it doesn’t all happen exactly as scheduled. I’m learning that in certain seasons I have to be okay with that.

Sticking to these daily things are a must. If these don’t happen, you don’t want to know what the house will look like. These routines along with my regular laundry routine keep my life sane. 

My house may not be shining from top to bottom when you come to my house. But it will probably be good enough. And right now that’s good enough for me.

What daily routines do you have to keep your house good enough?

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  1. If I don’t do the nightly kitchen clean up (which my husband also helps with) it’s so discouraging in the morning so I make that a top priority. And yes to the constant sweeping underneath the table. Our kitchen floor consistently looks like a feeding ground. :)

  2. Learning to implement very small routines like this has been a lifesaver for me! I have about 5 too: making the bed (my littles still sleep in cribs so I don’t have to worry about that); vacuuming the living room; sweeping and cleaning the kitchen every night; picking up the living room every night (my husband does this usually); and doing one thing every time I enter and leave a room.

    • I love your idea to do one thing every time you go in a room. I would probably not be able to be consistent with that, but it would certainly help to do it most of the time!

      And, I think with littles in the house, small simple routines are the best way to stay on track. As soon as I start trying to go for elaborate plans it all falls apart!

  3. Awesome tips!

  4. Elizabeth Kane says:

    I definitely fall into the “elaborate scheduled clean up trap” too many times! I’ll think I’ll set an hour aside during the week and do a spic and span in-depth thorough clean up from top to bottom. Of course that rarely happens. The 5 minute clean up sweep is something I’m going to give a try this week.

    • I hope it works! Once you get in the habit (and get the family in the habit, too!) it makes cleaning up so much easier!

  5. “And sometimes it doesn’t all happen exactly as scheduled. I’m learning that in certain seasons I have to be okay with that.” Precisely!
    Last week I asked grandma about devotions, cleaning, etc with small children and how she “got it all done.” She said, “well, sometimes I didn’t! But that’s ok. Its a mindset. Live with eternity’s values in view.” I love grandma! she made everything sound so simple and calm. :)

  6. I have the same five routines! And the rare days when I don’t clean my kitchen, I REALLY feel it the next day.

  7. Beds made, floors vacuumed, garbages taken out, and kitchen relatively cleaned. I am always embarrased if someone comes over and my kitchen is dirty. I agree with what you have said about the beds being made. I have always told my kids that. Plus there is just a wonderful feeling in the home when it is somewhat clean.

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