3 Chores You Should Do Every Morning
Three Chores You Should Do Every Morning
I accomplish these tasks before I even pour my first cup of coffee in the morning. These three chores will take less than 10 minutes out of your entire morning, but they will make a world of difference in how your home feels, and will help set the tone for the entire day.
1. Make the Beds
Make the beds in your household every day. When a bed is made, the entire room comes together, feels more in order. It encourages me to follow through with other needs in the room – clothes on the floor, shoes out of place.
Kaylee cannot leave the house before school without making her bed.
I even make the toddler beds. Not because tossing a baby quilt on top of a crib mattress will make any great difference in a room, but I do it so the boys will have practice making beds and a habit established in making their bed before their day begins.
2. Straighten the Bathroom
The night before I took this picture, I was exhausted. I bathed the boys, put them to bed, then crashed before 9:15. Consequently, I didn’t straighten the bathroom from the baths the night before.
Unfortunately for me, this is the view from my front door, so anyone coming into my house that morning would have seen, in their direct line of sight, my messy bathroom:
Under the clutter, the bathroom is clean. But you wouldn’t know it from a glance. It took me less than 2 minutes to straighten it up, including the time it took me to run a sponge over the sink.
It was 2 minutes that make a world of difference.
3. Empty the Dishwasher/Dish Drainer
If the first thing you do when you enter your kitchen in the morning, even before pouring that first cup of coffee, is to put the dishes away that were washed the night before, then what you have is a big, empty dish washing appliance that is just waiting to be filled up again. If it’s empty, then you can clean the kitchen all day long, throwing breakfast dishes and lunch plates into it without worry.
I have found that when I do not empty my dishwasher first thing, then the dishes pile up throughout the day, and when dinner is over and it’s time to clean the kitchen, the entire task from emptying the dishwasher to doing all day’s worth of dishes just seems daunting. And, honestly, I’m less likely to do it.
If nothing else gets done some days, I know that my bed is made, my bathroom could pass cursory inspection, and my kitchen can be cleaned in a wink.
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It all comes down to good habits.
Good habits that have been lost on me somewhere along the way.
I have started emptying the dishwasher.
But keeping the bathrooms clean and making our beds seems to be a struggle.
I do the bathroom and kitchen but never make the beds. I have a week or so left with the kids in school and I am going to start making the beds after the boys leave for school. Drama and I can do it together!
It’s true about made beds. Something I need to work on more.
Here are my 3:
1. Get the wash going
2. Get meat out for dinner & start that if needed
3. Empty the dishwasher
If those are done I’m feeling good and ready to start the day! :)
This is wise advice. I’m ashamed to admit I do none of these things, but I’m going to start doing them. You’re right–it would take less than ten minutes (only one bed for me to make), and it would improve the remainder of the day.
This is good advice!
I am very good about making my bed but the other 2 I need to work on.
I have always been good about straightening the bathroom and kitchen, but the bed making has only been added recently. I does make a world of difference and my husband has commented on the bed making(he loves to climb into a made bed at the end of a hard day)and so I have kept this up for over two weeks now!! I have never really timed it, but 10 minutes is not that much time….wonder why it took me so long to start this??!!
well you know i don’t make the bed! lol but i do empty the dishwasher if it was run. i usually have a little helper so i try to do it while he is having breakfast. i hate having the dishes all over!
Great list! I would add – throw in a load of laundry.
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guilty I never make my bed. I am staying at my moms and we are using her bedroom and I have been doing her bed simply becuz the girls are always taking her stuff and throwing it down. Really does feel good to turn the bed down and sleep. But I hate doing the dishwasher! : )
I read your blog after Almost Unschoolers made reference to it on her blog. I started the practice and have felt so much better about starting my day. Thanks! Sometimes I have the bed 1/2 made before climbing out of it.
I made reference to your post on my personal blog, http://bigmamasyoyo.blogspot.com/2010/06/what-to-do-today.html. I hope you don’t mind and I hope by sharing it, others have started their day with a more serene feeling as I have. Thanks again.
~jan also at thepaisleycupcake.blogspot.com
I don’t mind at all. Thank you so much for the reference and for the comment. I love your blog – the 4th of July template is beautiful!
I’m slowly learning to be a better homemaker and I love these tips. I need to remind myself to keep it simple, and this would really help!
Wohoo, Thanks for the encouragement! I just did this! I even started the laundry!
I am doing to try to do this every morning. Thanks again!
These are similar to mine… I do the bathroom at night, because I do my ‘quickie wipe-down’ after I’ve brushed my teeth… I use a clorox wipe and do the counter/faucet/sink… then another to do the outer surfaces of the toilet.
In the morning, however, I start with my prayer and bible time. That pairs with my coffee and that little ‘date with God’ gets me going on the right foot.
From there, I unload the dishwasher and while I’m waiting for the shower to get hot (farthest room in the house) I make the beds. It’s true though, even if nothing else gets done all day, those few things are vital!
Great advice ~ and a needed reminder for many of us (me included)! It really does only take a few moments and helps everything run smoothly from the get-go ~ thanks!
I’m trying very hard to follow these three things daily:
1. Do one complete load of laundry…that includes folding and putting away!
2. Make sure sink is empty and counters are clean, floor gets a quick sweep
3. Make bed…shouldn’t this be the simplest one? I still have yet to do it. That is so hard to admit! My hubby sleeps in after I do so I can’t really make it with him in it.
You have inspired me to try harder. :)
It is hard to make the bed when your husband is still in it! I have the same problem – I get up well before Gregg. The week days, it doesn’t seem to matter because I start my chores after he’s gone to work. But, on the weekends, when he sleeps longer, I have a hard time remembering to get back in there to do it. It annoys me that something that simple can become problematic.