Making cleaning part of your daily routine

December 26, 2020
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By Julie Short

Mansfield Record

Anytime you can make something a routine, you will get better and faster at it. If you can start to add cleaning into your routine of getting ready for the day, of cooking, of getting ready for bed, you will see it doesn’t take that much extra effort.

When you get up in the morning, gather a load of laundry and get it started prior to getting ready. It will be ready to throw in the dryer before you leave the house and when you return in the evening, you can take five minutes to fold and hang while dinner is cooking.

Your family can put their stack away on their way to bed. Laundry seems to be a daunting task for most families, it is because they wait until they have five or six loads prior to getting started. Staying on top of it daily keeps it manageable and keeps your house from being stinky.  I have walked into million dollar homes that have stinky closets thanks to dirty clothes sitting all week.

Cleaning the bathrooms is another chore we tend to wait to do but if we would do a little each day, it would stay clean without taking more than a few minutes each day. If you have a glass shower door and everyday when you step out of the shower, you turn around and wipe down the glass, it will always be clean and it would be just a few minutes of your time.

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” at

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