Oh, that Martha. And her people. I don't know how they do it, but MarthaStewart.com always has just the recipe, craft or homekeeping hint I need, right when I need it.
I found a handy-dandy checklist (yes, it's printable) of 6 things that, according to Martha, you must do every day. Let's see how the TMI household measures up...
1. Make your bed everyday.
Check! The Big Guy got me into this habit, and the bed is made each day as soon as we are out of it.
2. Manage clutter.
Yeah, we're not as quick on this one.
3. Sort the mail. Martha has detailed instructions on this.
We're 1/4 there on this one--junk mail always goes straight into the trash. Everything else sits in a nice, neat pile. Does that count? I'm 1.25/3 on Martha's checklist.
4. Clean as you cook.
This hardly ever happens unless I am cooking in front of company. Meal preparation in the TMI household is a mad dash to feed a hungry Little Guy and Big Guy before they start whining. Under those circumstances, and that's usually every day, cleaning can wait until everyone has eaten.
5. Wipe up spills while they're fresh.
Another item I can check off. So far, 2/5.
6. Sweep the kitchen floor.
I'll be sure to do that, right after I stop rolling on it while laughing hysterically. TMI confession: we're lucky if the kitchen floor is swept once a week. With our busy schedule, and lack of household staff to do it for us, sweeping the floor on a daily basis is just not a priority.
Looking at this list, it's clear that I need to fudge my results. If I eliminate #2 and #6, consider my piles of mail a legitimate form of organization, squint my eyes and tilt my head, then I've gotten 2/4 things done on Martha's list! That means I'm halfway to being just like Martha.
Take a look at the list here. What are your "must-do" items each day?