5 Cleaning Tasks I Do Daily Even When Busy

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

Five quick and easy daily cleaning tasks that will ensure your home stays organised and tidy, even when life outside is chaotic and busy.

Life as a mum can be chaotic at best. Some days seem to overflow with commitments, errands, work, kids, cleaning chores… I could go on. When life speeds up and my to-do list starts to spill over the page, I always ensure that a few key areas of my home are kept kicking along. By prioritising these five cleaning tasks I know that when life does settle down again, I won’t have an overwhelming amount of chores waiting for me. This helps to keep my head clear and my mood calm.

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1. Make The Bed

I set the tone for my day by making the bed in the morning. I pull all the sheets back before my morning shower -which helps to air the bed out – and then it takes me less than five minutes to make the bed after I’ve showered. The room looks tidier, and I’m always appreciative of a comfy made bed at the end of a crazy day.

I also like to add gorgeous cushions to my bed. They’re such an easy way to add a little pizazz to the room, plus they make me smile when I walk past my bedroom.

2. Clean The Dishes

Whilst it’s tempting at the end of a long day to leave the dishes, it makes the school morning rush the next day even more rushed! A quick wash up at night means drink bottles and lunchboxes are clean and ready to roll in the morning. Check out my HUGE range of scourers, cloths and sponges that make light work of those dirty dishes!

TIP: Children don’t need to be very old to be able to help wash the dishes – my kids have been washing the dishes for many years now!

3. Wipe Kitchen Benches

A clean and clutter-free kitchen bench makes my meal and school lunch prep so much easier – not to mention less stressful! My kitchen is very open plan and the only things I tend to keep on my benches are appliances that I use daily (and the ones that are too heavy to move regularly). Waking up to a clutter-free bench that’s free of bread crumbs makes me so much happier!

Before I go to bed I remove any clutter that’s built up in the kitchen over the course of the day, and give all the benches a good wipe down with this plant-based Multi Purpose Kitchen Cleaner (it smells delicious too!).

4. Sort Laundry + 1 Load

If I can keep the laundry ticking along – even on busy days! – it does wonders for preventing Mt Washmore! I do at least one load of washing a day, which means I don’t end up with a mountain of washing that won’t fit on my washing line. I also sort my washing daily into labelled baskets (whites, colours, darks, bed sheets etc), so that way I can grab the biggest basket and pop that one in the washing machine.

During winter I need to use the dryer more as my clothes line doesn’t get much sun. I like to use these Wool Dryer Balls in my dryer because they reduce the drying time (and my power bill!) whilst also reducing the wrinkles and static in my clothes.

If I am lucky enough to have a sunny day to dry my clothes, I like to use these Stainless Steel Pegs because they never get rusty (so no yucky marks on my clothes), plus they last and last and last.

5. Vacuum

Giving my house a daily vacuum takes absolutely no time out of my day now – you’re intrigued right? Well I invested in this really nifty robotic vacuum cleaner that keeps my floors spic and span with zero elbow grease required by me. I can create invisible barriers to tell it where to clean and where to avoid (like my dog’s water bowl) and then it simply docks itself again when it’s done.

Robot vacuum for clean house

What cleaning tasks do you make sure you do daily?


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13 comments

Joe Brown September 17, 2020 - 1:15 PM

Balancing household cleaning and other commitments can be difficult at times, but this blog is very helpful at offering suggestions as to which tasks to prioritise.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 28, 2020 - 3:15 PM

Glad you found it useful Joe 🙂

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CJ September 18, 2020 - 11:17 PM

This is a very good, basic list. Some of these things I am good with, others not so much. But it’s a work in progress!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 28, 2020 - 3:11 PM

I can definitely relate to that feeling! I love that you refer to it as a work in progress – couldn’t agree more 🙂

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Lania October 6, 2020 - 5:51 PM

Good list to keep me on track. I signed up for a full time course when I lost my job. Just found another so for the next year I will be trying to balance full time study, full time work and housework 🙂

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 7, 2020 - 9:21 AM

I love that you turned a hard situation into a hopeful one! Enjoy your study and I hope that you can strike the balance that you’re looking for 🙂 Kat x

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Mia Tenille October 22, 2020 - 8:06 AM

Love your space and these tips (and your cat!!)! How do you like your Roomba (robot vacuum- not sure on the brand?). I want to get one just so I can have it vacuum for me but I’m not sure how well it works at picking up pet hair and dust? Let me know! 🙂

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 29, 2020 - 1:44 PM

Hey Mia, my robotic vac literally picks up all the dog and cat hair! I just need to make sure I empty it after each use so that it’s ready for next time. You can read more about using it for pet hair here. Hope that helps! Kat x

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Narelle July 28, 2021 - 9:08 AM

Hello Katrina! all the way from the Daintree Rainforest.
I like to drop in and just look at your pictures : ).
We currently have a concrete floor, 3 sides to the house and being winter (not below 20 degrees) all the outside animals wanting to come in…
Thanks for the housekeeping imagery, love your passion

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife July 28, 2021 - 11:36 AM

Hi Narelle, so lovely to hear from you all the way from the Daintree, so glad you love my photos. It is so beautiful up there. That sounds like a challenging stage of a house build to be in, at least it is so lovely and warm up there. Best of luck with your build and animal visitors LOL! I’d love to hear how you go. Kat x

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Sonia Hillery July 28, 2021 - 10:58 AM

I love the idea of the robot vac, but finding the floor at my house is a constant battle.
I know we have too many toys and inadequate storage but also bad habits,
Its so overwhelming.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife July 28, 2021 - 11:41 AM

Hi Sonia, those early years of little ones and lots of toys everywhere is always a challenge. It does get easier over time. Be gentle with yourself, and remember any progress, no matter how small, is still progress! There’s lots of articles in the blog if you look through it on managing some of these tricky things. If you are struggling with toys everywhere, maybe think about a toy rotation system, where you pack some away periodically. Kids love it as when the old toys come back out in exchange for their current ones, it is like a whole new batch of toys! Take care, Kat x

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Julie Fox May 10, 2022 - 4:40 PM

Love your organised ideas and the robot vacuum.

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