Looking for a simple system to keep a tidy home and increase productivity throughout your day?
Here is the exact system of daily tasks I do every morning to keep a neat and tidy home, so I can focus and work through my days efficiently and stress-free.
I’ve found it very important to have routines and systems in place in your home to be able to maintain it and keep up with it. The more small things you do daily for your home, the easier it will be on you in the long run.
A great excerpt on routines and order comes from the book: Mrs. Dunwoody’s Excellent Instructions or Homekeeping:
“It is the rhythm of routine which is, by far not dull and ordinary, but freeing and comforting in that it allows us a sense of calm and order which we can depend on to become the foundation or starting point for fulfilling our highest and most creative purpose. It is out of this “rhythm of routine” that order is established.
Order is heaven’s first law; without it, a home and its occupants cannot realize their full potential. When we make conscious decisions about the order in which we shall tend to our futures and live our lives, everyone in the home thrives. Children especially find comfort in repetition, routines, and order.”
The acronym I like to use for my quick daily tidy home routine is B.D.L.M.T.T. I literally write this down on my habit tracker, so I can check it off every day. In my opinion, it gives a great general list of what should be done around the house daily, besides the obvious of course like cleaning up spills or wiping counters after cooking.
As a personal goal, I try to complete my B.D.L.M.T.T. Tasks each day before noon.
Here’s what B.D.L.M.T.T. stands for:
Everyday, it’s important to make the beds in the house. In my opinion, if you have children, they should definitely be making their own beds. In our case, we don’t have any children, however, our lovely dog just has the time of his life getting the zoomies and jumping on the guest bed, messing it up daily.
So every day, when I wake up, I pull back the covers to let them air out for a few minutes while I use the bathroom, wash my face, and get my robe and slippers on, etc.
Then, I come back to my bed and make it neat and tidy. I do this before I even go into the kitchen to pour my coffee.
There are actually psychological benefits to doing this. When you start your day by making your bed first thing, it releases dopamine in your mind and starts your day off with an accomplished feeling as you have already completed an important task before even having your first sip of coffee. It’s a very small thing but in my opinion, important and highly beneficial.
As far as tidying the guest bed, I don’t usually do this first thing in the morning as it’s in another room. However, I do fix it and straighten it up every day.
I usually try to do the dishes every night before bed, because I prefer waking up to a tidy kitchen and empty sink. Something about it just feels so much better to me than waking up to a messy one.
Either way, I try to wash the dishes in the sink and put away the dry dishes every day as part of my B.D.L.M.T.T. routine, before noon. Staying on top of dishes is important and will just give you more clarity and peace of mind.
I often work at my kitchen island and I have to admit, working with a sink full of dishes in front of my is just not as enjoyable as an empty one.
This task is a pretty simple and obvious one, but hey, it’s important and makes you feel accomplished to “check” it off the list!
Your style of doing laundry is really up to your personal preference. Some people like to do a load a day to keep up and maintain it. Others may prefer to have one day dedicated to laundry and do several loads.
I personally prefer to do one small load a day so that I never have to fold 5+ loads in one day. That just does not appeal to me, personally. Folding one quick load a day is much more doable for my lifestyle, so that’s just what I prefer.
Each morning, I gather whatever needs to be washed and throw it in and rotate it throughout the day.
Every day, I check the mail that way we can stay on top of updates and bills. I like to have a 3 tiered tray on my desk in the office for mail. The three tiers are Bills, To-do, and To-file.
Bills – Paperwork that needs to be paid or called about (ie. electric bill, car insurance adjustment, etc.)
To-do – Items that action needs to be taken on (ie. sending in tax paperwork, responding to a personal letter, etc.)
To File – Items that need to be stored in the filing cabinet
Whenever I check the mail, I like to shred and recycle anything we don’t need, right off the bat. Then I file items in their appropriate tier. One day a week, I take time to go through this tray. This is more time-consuming though, so this is not something I do every single day as part of my quick BB.D.L.M.T.T.routine.
This quick task includes cleaning up trash on surfaces and emptying garbages around the house. I try to do this as often as possible just for quick maintenance and to reduce any odors or the possibility of attracting bugs or anything. This is just something that is very quick easy to do for me, so I like to add it to my daily routine.
Tip – the fewer garbage cans you have in the house, the better. If you have a trash can in every bedroom, bathroom office, etc. You will have to collect from so many places. If you have fewer cans, you will have less to collect. When someone needs to throw something away, they can take the extra two seconds to walk over to the garbage can.
Tidying is not deep cleaning by any means, but it’s simply taking a few minutes in each room to put things away, and straighten up. You can even do a quick vacuum and light dust if needed.
This includes putting away clothes and nicknacks, fluffing pillows, straightening books. Whatever is out of place, put it into place.
This is something if done daily, you will keep up with the maintenance and have less to do at the end of the week. The tidier your home is, the more peace of mind and focus you will have and comfortable you will feel when random guests pop over.
Plus, the easier it will be for you to deep clean at the end of the week. It’s very difficult to deep clean when you have junk lying around everywhere.
I hope you liked this B.D.L.M.T.T. System for keeping a tidy home throughout the week. It’s something that if done daily, can be done in less than 1 hour. Some days, it may only take 20 minutes. Whatever it ends up being, it will save you a ton of time and energy in the long run.
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