Day 335: Saying Goodbye to the Skip and Looking at Routines from the past

Goodbye to the rubbish

I watched the skip being picked up from the side of my house this morning after I came back from the school run. It was quite uplifting seeing it all being carried away. It’s also bin day tomorrow, so this evening I bagged up some other rubbish to take out. All very satisfying. I also remembered to place my old slippers on top of the bin for the textiles collection.

Keeping things tidy around the house

I’ve actually been noticing over the last 24 hours how much tidier certain areas around the house are becoming. Although I’m still a long way from it being the way I want it to be, I’m feeling confident that I’ll get close enough. I’m starting to clean areas as I see them dirty and untidy. For example, I noticed this morning how much clutter was on the counter top in the main bathroom. I moved some items into my daughter’s new en-suite and then cleaned all round the sink area. The bathroom looked more spacious after that and it didn’t even take that long for me to do it.

Routines from the past

As mentioned the other day, I want to come up with some routines to make sure everything and everyone gets equal attention and I don’t forget to do anything. I’m already have my to do lists and a few basic daily routines but I want to add more.

I recalled doing something in Excel about ten years ago when the girls were little. I found the spreadsheet on an old drive and it amazed me how organised I was back then listing down each task I did and categorising it into daily, weekly, monthly etc. It was so detailed.

Back then I was actively involved in the girls’ morning and bedtime routines – helping them get ready, reading stories, bath-time etc. Although I still do spend time with them in the evenings it’s in a different way e.g. chatting, listening, helping them with stuff, cuddling etc.

I’m going to spend some time this week adapting what’s on the task list and come up with something that’s workable for me. I think it will really help keep on top of things.

I feel so tired now as I’ve had a busy day at work, so I’m going to make every effort to get to bed soon and then hopefully I’ll wake up refreshed in the morning.

Until tomorrow…



About Sandra Madeira

I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Subjects I tend to blog about are life skills, parenting, decluttering, worklife balance, etc. At the moment I am on a decluttering mission creating space in my house, garden and mind. I have challenged myself to do at least ten minutes a day and write about it. Have a good day! Sandra Freelance Writer
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5 Responses to Day 335: Saying Goodbye to the Skip and Looking at Routines from the past

  1. I’ve been using The Organised Mum Method. She has an App for your phone where you keep track of the cleaning. Its been a game changer for me 😊

    Her books are good too x

    • Thank you. I have her book on audible which I think I listened to last year. I don’t remember her mentioning the app etc. I am now going to listen to her book again and have a look at the app. It looks like it’s £4.99 but sounds like it’s worth downloading. Thanks again for the tip Vikki! 😀

  2. Routines are so important, I found that once I assigned certain tasks to certain days I was not so overwhelmed and didn’t give up an entire day to cleaning which to be honest was just depressing.

  3. Pingback: Day 337: Decluttering Has to Come Before Cleaning, and Being Proactive Whilst Waiting in the Car | Sandra Madeira

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