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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Six Things to do Every Day...per Martha Stewart

I have this great book that I got as a gift called, Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook and it has answers to any and every question you could have on taking care of the home - it's 719 pages, not including the index! Anyway, here are 6 things she says to do every day and why:

**I should have mentioned, I pulled this book out while I was actually cleaning - a rare event- and I had to brush the dust off to be able to read it. Ok, so I'm exaggerating...a little...so please don't think that this is what I do everyday! I wish!**

1. MAKE THE BED
Tidiness begets tidiness. A crisply made bed makes the whole room seem more orderly, which makes it less likely that you'll let other things - such as clothes and papers - pile up around it.

2. MANAGE CLUTTER
Whenever you leave a room, take a quick look around for anything that isn't where it should be. Pick it up and put it where it belongs. Insist that everyone in the household do the same.

3. SORT THE MAIL
Take a few minutes to open, read, and sort mail as soon as you bring it inside. Keep a trash bin near your sorting area for junk mail. Drop other mail into one of four in-boxes: personal correspondence, bills, catalogs, and filing.

4. CLEAN AS YOU COOK
Instead of filling the sink with pots and dishes, wash them or put them in the dishwasher as you prepare a meal.

5. WIPE UP SPILLS WHILE THEY'RE FRESH
Whether it's tomato sauch on the cooktop or makeup on the bathroom counter, almost anything is faster and easier to remove if you attend to it immediately.

6. SWEEP THE KITCHEN FLOOR
Every evening once you've finished washing up after dinner, sweep the floor. This will keep tough-to-clean dirt and grime from building up, which will make the weekly mopping much quicker.

7 comments:

Collegegirl said...

So you are turning into Martha Stewart now! Like the ideas though. I agree with the bed, kitchen prep, and clean up stuff. Now I have to work on the other things, like sweeping nightly!
~Elyse~ :)

Summer, Justin, & Blake said...

Ooooh, is it bad that I do none of these? Martha would hate me.

Scott & Terry said...

Love this list! You know I do all these things and even run the vacuum cleaner with my apron on and high heels... LOL! I also make sure dinner is on the table when my man comes home from a hard day of work.. I freshen up and have my make-up perfect for him (o:
Seriously- I will try and make my bed every day now! Thanks for sharing. BTW- Marth doesn't have a toddler.

Tiffany said...

Don't worry Summer, Martha would cringe at my house too. I don't think she has any kiddos running around, and I'd rather be playing with Reagan than cleaning, that's for sure!

Northcutt Family said...

Ok, you guys are seriously making me feel better! I was looking at this list going, do people do this??? I mean, I don't even make my bed in the morning!!

Dunhams said...

Ok, so surprisingly those are the few chores that I actually do on a regular basis (besides making the bed...can't remember the last time I did that...gross!)...what I don't understand is why my house still looks like such a horrible disaster all the time and not like a Martha Stewart masterpiece???!!! I think those things only help if your house is already quasi-clean...that must be my problem...whoops! :)

Natalie, Stephen and Bennett said...

i like those six things! and reminds me i need to get a little better about some of them!