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Household Habits

Everyone who is a homekeeper knows that if you do certain things every day, the week goes more smoothly and you don’t end up cleaning all weekend. When I started keeping my home 30 years ago, I started forming what I call Household Habits.

Household Habits are things that you do every morning, afternoon and evening to keep your household in smooth running order. After you’ve done them over and over for a while, they become habits that you just do without thinking. When you start out doing your Household Habits you might need some index cards with the Habits written down.

Here are my personal Household Habits. You can come up with your own or use mine. They really will help you keep your house in order!

I will start with the Evening Habits because your day really begins the night before!

Get in the habit of doing these things each evening….
Clean the kitchen
Pick up and straighten the living room
Straighten the bathroom
Put away all clean clothing
Put away or straighten all shoes (especially helpful if your family leaves shoes at the door)
Figure out what’s for breakfast and make sure you have it all ready.
Lay out clothes for tomorrow.

Run a sink of hot soapy water.
Clean sink and faucets while you do your personal grooming.
Take towels from bathroom to laundry.
Clean the shower and tub after you shower each morning.
Start the washer.
Start the dish washer if needed.
Get dinner started. Lay out frozen food to defrost, start the crockpot, etc.

Keep the washer going.
As you use dishes and pans, rinse them and place them in the hot soapy water.
Use the hot soapy water to wash down kitchen counters and appliances throughout the day.
Keep everything cleaned off counter tops.

You can add what ever you need to add to this list. If you personalize it, it will serve you better. This is not an extensive list of what needs to be done during the day. The main idea of a Household Habits list is to do certain things each and every day that will help you keep your home more organized and orderly.


  1. Nicole

    I love to be encouraged by other women who see the benefit of keeping their home, running smoothly. Thank you for sharing, I have been running my home for only 16 years and have really in the last 3 gotten into clear routine of things. Have a blessed day.

  2. Amy Morgan

    Thank you so much. This should help keep me on track.