There’s a lot you CAN do each day to maintain a well-organized home. But who has the time to do it all?! As a busy, working mom of 3, I spend less than an hour every day with this routine to keep things in order and to maintain my sanity. Here are 5 shortcuts to an
I toss a small load in each morning on my way out the door and I fold/put away right before bed. This prevents me from having to carve out a chunk of consecutive hours over the weekend to tackle it all at once. I’m less than pleasant to have around when big chores cut into my weekend fun and family time.
Make Up Bed
Even if a room is untidy, a made bed will completely change the way it feels. I do this the minute everyone gets out of bed so it’s done and I can start my day.
Nothing will get your day off to a better start than a clean, well-organized bathroom. In the evening after I’ve prepped for bed I wipe down bathroom surfaces (tub, sink, shelves) with a Clorox Wipe and then make sure all items are put away in their proper home. I declutter when necessary by tossing old toiletries, samples and expired or unused medications. All of this takes about 5 minutes per bathroom. I also put labels on the inside of my medicine cabinet, above the shelves, labeled “body, hair, teeth” etc. so there are organized sections in that closed door space. And they look so pretty. Make this part of your evening routine and let the morning motivation flow!
Declutter Paper Accumulation
Each day before heading up to bed I tackle all the paper that has accumulated on (and usually taken over) my kitchen counters and table. I file or recycle everything into
Prep the Launch Pad
Organizing your foyer or mudroom the night before will get everyone out the door more quickly and smoothly in the morning. Mornings are hard enough-
You’ll be amazed at how these five 5 minute tasks each day change your life. Stress is minimized and life seems to move more smoothly. For example, I noticed I yell at my kids less since beginning my adventure into
About Maura Fitzgerald
Maura Fitzgerald was born in NYC and raised in Bronxville, NY. She holds a BA from Georgetown University and worked in Print and Digital Advertising Sales for 20 years at Forbes and Time Inc. Now Maura is a Luxury Organizational Design Specialist servicing Westchester County September through June and Annapolis, MD in summer months.
Maura and her husband love working for the weekends where they have non-stop action and fun with their 3 children….and everything isn’t always organized.
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