I have been working hard to get the kitchen organized and deep cleaned for the back to school rush that has hit our home. Surfaces cleaned and sparkly don't stay that way long in my home. In my continuing pursuit of my word of the year, I have been implementing some additional daily habits to try and keep the house as picked up and organized as I can.
This week I have started a 15 minute pick up in the evenings. After I tuck in the chickens and give Q a bath, and before I allow myself to flop down and give up on the day, I am forcing myself to take 15 minutes and do a quick pick up. Tonight the pick up yielded some laundry that was folded but still sitting on the table, some scattered dishes that made it into the dishwasher and items left on kitchen counters from after dinner snacks. I put those all in their respective places and hung a fresh kitchen towel for tomorrow.
Counters are now clear for the busy morning rush of breakfast and lunch making.
Items left on the dining table were picked up and tidied. We used to use the table as an unloading zone as in everyone unloaded whatever they came in the door with onto my table. Myself included. In my move towards trying to teach myself to be more organized, I have stopped this practice. I try to keep the kids from setting things down at all on the table and when my husband comes in after a long day and empties his pockets, I just quietly move his things to a tray I have for him in the bedroom. He is actually starting to use the tray first thing so as they say, a habit over time can become a reality if you keep it up.
Having the house just that much more picked up before bed makes rising and starting my day so much more pleasant.