Get into a cleaning routine

April 13, 2021
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By Julie Short

Mansfield Record

Some synonyms of routine are mundane, regimen, drill, procedure and none of that sounds fun or motivating. But the definition of routine is a sequence of actions regularly followed, a fixed schedule. Now that is something I can rally behind.

While routine might sound boring to some, there is real comfort in having a sequence of actions you regularly follow and you don’t have to think about. Getting a routine for being clean might not sound like fun but it can be.

I talked to my son recently about coming up with a Grown Up Chore Chart app. If you look on Pinterest, there are ideas for actual adult chore charts, with gold stars and all! In this technological age, I thought an app where you could check off items on the list, get a gold star and possibly a cheer, would be a hit!

My purpose in this article is to encourage you to get a list, chart or app that helps you stay on track with the “have to” things you do until they become routine. On those days where it seems things are falling apart, do the regimen, follow the routine and your brain can be a million miles away but you will have some sense of accomplishment and satisfaction in following your sequence of actions.

Julie Short has been married to her husband, Stoney, since 1997. She is currently working on a series of books known as Julie’s Simple Solutions. She is a Mansfield resident, business owner and member of the Mansfield City Council.

Find her book “Cleaning Your House in Minutes a Day” here.

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