Welcome back to 31 Days to Building a Cleaning Routine!
(Block out 15-20 minutes each day for cleaning. If it helps, put your whole schedule on paper and see where you have time.)
(Write down everything you want to clean. Label them as daily, weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, infrequently. Put it together on a Printable that you can check off each day!)
(I created an alarm for completing dishes, when to stop projects for the night, and when to get in bed. If I don’t have an alarm set I will lose track of time.)
(7 Ways to get motivated)
(3 steps towards getting on the right track)
(A list of multi-purpose and inexpensive ingredients to have on hand for homemade cleaners.)
Day 7: Building a Cleaning Habit by Using a Trigger
I’m defining “trigger” as something that you already do automatically which prompts you to work on a habit that you are building.
For example, if you are building the habit to clean 15-20 daily, you could link cleaning (the habit you’re working on) to having breakfast (the trigger) so that every time you eat breakfast, you’re automatically ready to transition into spend 15-20 minutes on cleaning afterwards.
OR you can spend your last 10 minutes of the day tidying up the living areas, right after you finish up with the dishes. (Which, if you remember from Wednesday, I set an alarm to go off at 8pm to clean the dishes.)
OR, if you spend some of Friday Freezer cooking, then you can tie in deep cleaning an appliance in the kitchen every Friday (i.e. clean the inside of the fridge, or clean the oven, or wipe down all the cabinets).
As you focus on linking your habit to another event in your day, you’re making your habit as automatic as eating dinner or taking a shower.
Evaluate your first week (or first couple of days) doing the cleaning schedule.
How did it go? Did you get to everything? If not on the day assigned, did you complete the task the day after?
If you didn’t complete everything, then why? Is there some way you can make more time? Can you put it before another task so that it gets done?
I would love to hear your thoughts and experiences on this subject!! Thanks for stopping by!!
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