Let's say that your home is all organized. Everything in it's place and easy to find. Now, how do you keep it that way?! Here are a few things that may help.
A Little a Day Keeps the Clutter Away - If the task takes a minute or less, do it right away! Put a dish in the dishwasher instead of the sink, or quickly go through the mail and get rid of the stuff you don't need. If you think a minute isn't that long to do a task, microwave a cup of something for one minute and just stand there. You will find that minute is actually longer than you thought!
Order Your Chores - If you do your chores in the same order daily, you will be less likely to forget them and before you know it, it will be a good habit of getting things done. Make your bed when you get up, put up the clean dishes from the dishwasher and put your breakfast dishes in the dishwasher. Using a logical order will help as well. Do the dishes when you are finished with dinner and then wipe up the kitchen afterwards. You would be surprised as to how quickly these chores will get done when you are so used to doing them the same way all the time. They become second nature!
Once a Week - Some chores being done once a week will help keep other things in order. Clean out the fridge of old or expired food once a week before you go grocery shopping again. Collect your trash once a week so you remember to get everything out on trash pick-up day. Have a day when you plan your meals, go through coupons or when you gas up your cars. You know what chores to get done at least once a week that will help keep your more organized. Doing certain tasks on certain days will help you to remember when those things need to be done and help keep things more organized as well.
Good Habits - Establish good daily habits. Pick up toys before going to bed or read your mail daily so it doesn't pile up. Do your dishes right away, so you don't have a ton to do at once all the time. Put dirty laundry in hampers and fold and put away clean clothes as they are laundered. Put away things when you are done using them and if you eat in front of your TV, don't leave dirty dishes in the family room! Establishing good habits (if you don't have them) may take a little bit at first, but, before you know it they will be second nature. Plus, teach your family those good habits so everyone is working together to help keep your home tidy and organized all the time!
I hope some of these tips and ideas help ease your chore stress and make them seem more manageable and easy to deal with so that your home can not only be organized and tidy, but stay that way too!