It is refreshing to wake up in the morning or come home after being out of the house for a few hours and find a clean kitchen and home. Now, I am not by any means saying that my home is clean right now. What I can say is that I can see the floor, the dishes have been washed and the clothes and toys have been delivered to their respectful "homes".
So what have I learned with this evening cleaning ritual? Which is sometimes a morning cleaning ritual as I am often too exhausted to make the clean sweep before bed. The lesson is that you should clean as you go. When mealtime is over, get the family involved in cleaning up. Don't leave it until later, because you won't want to do it later any more than you want to at that moment so get it over with.
When you are cooking or baking, run a sink full of sudsy water and wash the dishes and utensils between steps or throughout the process. This saves you from that mountain of dishes at the end.
I am by no means an expert in this field - if I was, I would not have been cleaning a few minutes ago! I promise to be better at this this week - and get the kids involved more too! Are you in?