As I ate cereal for dinner out of a coffee mug with a semi-clean fork (no clean spoons left), I realized I lost. I had lost the messy war against my now-husband.
Yeah, I did that. I pulled the nuclear option and decided to see how long it would take before my husband caved and washed the dishes. You see, I’m the type of person who doesn’t like mess – I like to organize. A messy home equals a messy mind, and my mind is too cluttered to also deal with a disorganized home.
I decided my then-fiance was getting away with too much: a future wife who did the dishes nightly and tidied up? If I refused to wash dishes for a week, surely he would crack when he ran out of dishes, and then he would put the dishes in the dishwasher and “wash” them.
Once I realized he bought a box of plastic spoons and was eating cereal out of coffee mugs, I realized I had horribly, horribly lost. 3 rounds of dishwashing later, I determined that if I wanted a clean home, I would have to do it myself (don’t worry – he takes care of home repairs, so I still love him – I did marry him!)
However, working a full time job, trying to run my own side hustle, and having family/friend time is important to me – cleaning up is not. How could I have a tidy home and enough time for myself? In order to not go completely crazy during the work week, I created an organizational and tidying task list I can now complete in 30 minutes or less.
I usually check off these tasks right when I get home, after changing out of my work clothes and washing off my make up. I’m still pretty awake after a long day at work, and I haven’t sat down to work yet, so it’s a good time to get things over with. Without further ado, here’s my “Organize Your Mess in 30 Minutes or Less” cheat sheet!
Unload and load the dishwasher – 5 to 10 minutes (usually do need to wait until after dinner to do this)
Wipe down the counters – 5 minutes
Make bed – 5 minutes
Put away clothes laying around (either in hamper or in drawers if clean – when in doubt, it’s dirty!) – 5 minutes
Wipe down counter and put away make up brushes – 5 minutes
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With this, I stress less because I know I can get most messes taken care of in a reasonable amount of time. All I want is a mostly tidy house during the week so I can take care of all the side hustle and family work I need to do. To me, a tidy house leads to a tidy mind. Best of all? I haven’t eaten cereal out of a coffee mug in months!