Regardless of circumstances, there is a series of things all of us usually need to do every day, or multiple times a week. These can vary somewhat, but in form and function, are pretty much the same for all of us. This is an example list, based on our usage and conventional wisdom as to what should be done on a daily basis. You can use this as a guideline for setting up your own dailies.
This list assumes you are reasonably decluttered. If you need help decluttering, please join our Taming the Clutter Monster* class. If this daily list seems overwhelming, and you need help establishing habits, please join in on our Habit Building* class.
If it helps you, use your timers…that way you know it’s time to move to the next area. I’ve included approximate time estimates, based on the time it usually takes me to accomplish each task. I then input these into my Google Calendar and my little notebook, so I get handy dandy reminders to get my s&%^ done :). You can use my timer estimates to set your timer, and STOP when the timer goes off…trust me, even if it doesn’t seem like it at first, 10 minutes of picking up trash, even in the most cluttered circumstances, makes a BIG difference, and it won’t take long to start seeing results.
Remember: This is NOT about perfection…it’s about progress, and consistency.
- Make your bed (5 minutes per bed)
- Pick up all dirty laundry and put in your collection areas (5 minutes)
- Trash Pickup (10 minutes)
- Flat Surface Check (15 minutes)
- Wash your dishes! (10-30 minutes)
These items are optional, depending on your living situation/schedule
- Start your laundry (I do this twice a week, on Monday and Thursdays, which are water days) (5 minutes)**
- **Don’t forget to put your laundry in the dryer/hang it out (5-10 minutes)
- **PUT YOUR LAUNDRY AWAY! (10-20 minutes)
- Pick up spiritual areas (5 minutes)
- Pooper Scoop/Litter Box clean (5 minutes each area)
- Quick Bathroom Clean (5 minutes)
- Vacuum (10-20 minutes)
You are, of course, welcome to adjust this to suit your needs. Once you are in the habit, and things are decluttered, this list takes hardly any time at all.
After you have completed your daily must-do’s, you can move on to focusing on weekly/monthly habits and deep cleaning challenges. We’ve set up a system of weekly cleaning based on the astrological background of the day, with the goal of helping us be more in tune with the universe, and the rhythm of the worlds around us. Each week day has a focus, and some chores we’ve assigned based on that focus. Feel free to adjust these to suit you.
- Sunday – The Sun
- Monday – The Moon
- Tuesday – Mars/Pluto
- Wednesday – Mercury
- Thursday – Jupiter/Neptune
- Friday – Venus
- Saturday – Saturn/Uranus
Once you feel you’ve got a good handle on the weekly/monthlies that help keep your machine well oiled, we have challenges for you too! Our challenges are based on the traditional Tarot, steeped in astrological and symbolic meaning. Challenges are posted daily, for subscribers, and can include a cleaning chore, a spiritual goal, a social challenge…anything that calls us to move above and beyond our daily grind.