6 Tips to Avoid Chaos in Your Home

Let’s face it, living on a ranch with two busy boys means that dirt and toys are inevitable. Here are a few tasks that I try to do each and every day in order to stay ahead of the chaos.  Does our playroom always look perfect, absolutely not! Here is a photograph from tonight!

However, with these few basic chores it makes it a lot easier to keep a tidy house.

  1. When we wake up in the morning, I go through each bedroom to make the beds, put away glasses and/or books from the night before, and make sure each room looks reasonably presentable before making my way into the kitchen. I also put the boys’ clothes out at this time ready for day.  I quickly stop at the bathroom to make sure there is a fresh towel, toilet paper and the counter is clean.
  2. Do a load of laundry each day, from start to finish. This includes putting it all away in its perspective places.  Yes, as my husband will say, there are still times when he must push a load off the bed prior to going to sleep at night!  Nonetheless, I find that if I do a load a day I don’t always have a huge pile loaming ahead of me.
  3. Sweep the floors in the main living area of the house after each meal and if needed, prior to going to bed. I used to only sweep once a day, but I found that by lunch the crumbs were driving me crazy. Toddlers aren’t always neat eaters!
  4. Do the dishes after each meal. We don’t have a dishwasher so by doing the dishes after each meal it is a very easy way to make sure the counters stay tidy.  I wash the dishes, wipe the counter and quickly put away anything sitting out on the counters.
  5. Put away items as you use them! With children this isn’t always possible, but we try to put the items away after we are finished as much as possible. For example, if we are doing a puzzle, the puzzle goes away before we start playing with lego. Our playroom is the one exception as it is a separate room out the way of the main living space.  If all else fails when a guest arrives, any toys sitting out go quickly into the playroom!
  6. Wipes in the bathroom! Little boys can make a mess of a bathroom quickly! I have started to use bathroom wipes to quickly clean up messes and to tidy the counter, sink, toilet and/or floor if necessary throughout the day.  This is an easy way to keep the bathroom looking relatively clean!

There are times when I get behind in these tasks as life on the ranch speeds out of control, but most of the time these six tasks help to keep the chaos to a minimum.  On a ranch, it is quite common for people to stop in.  By following these daily tasks, I can feel comfortable that my house will be relatively presentable when someone stops in!

How to Manage the Never Ending List of To Dos – Todoist

When running a ranch business, there always seems to be a million things that need to be done and the list never gets smaller.  Add being a homeschooling mom and secretary/treasurer for a regional cattlemen’s association and the list keeps climbing.

One way that I keep track of my long list is by using the Todoist app.  We live in a small house so minimizing paper and clutter is of up most importance.  I try to do as much as possible without paper so that I am not always filing through and moving paper around the house.  Todoist always me to sync across my laptop, iPad and iPhone so that I always have access to my list, even when I am outside.

I use Todoist for grocery lists, household chores and cleaning tasks, Christmas idea lists, and of course my To Do lists, all itemized by project.  I can’t possibly remember everything so this app does it for me!

Todays List for Todoist

You can itemize the tasks by project and sub-projects and you can add one of four task priority levels.

The deadlines that you add can be recurring so that you don’t need to enter the tasks more than once.

Todoist minimizes the countless lists you have around the house, without costing anything.  If you chose, you can upgrade to the Todoist Premium or Todoist Business for more features. To find out more, go to www.todoist.com

Over the next few months, I will go into more detail on my other paperless techniques and home organization that help me with my roles of a homeschool mom and rancher.