The Joy of a Clean Sink+ Four Daily Routines

The joy of a clean sink + four daily routines

reo do you like to clean your sink every day? I started practicing my housekeeping routines about twenty years ago. Once we added a third baby to our household, I realized I had to figure out how to handle a cleaning routine. The busier you are, the more you have to learn to work more efficiently! So, as I shared earlier, I came up with four daily routines.

I have offered these routines in a few variations over the years
on the blog and in my books, but basically the routines boil down to these four:

Make your bed.
Clean your sink.
Have a frenzy of cleaning.
Do daily laundry.

The joy of a clean sink + four daily routines

One thing I love about these four is what I call domino housekeeping habits, which means each has the potential to inspire you to HAPPY do a few more things! And as you do, you find more JOY in your home. You are starting to make it your sanctuary. You WANT to keep it clean and welcoming. Cleaning frenzies are fun because they are flexible to meet your daily needs. Still, there is enough of a built-in routine that if you do them every day, you feel like you’re winning in life. 🙂

I’ll go over the idea behind the cleaning frenzies and touch on each of these daily routines over the next few weeks. Watch for inspiration as well as my advice on why and how it works for me! As always, do what works for you!

The joy of a clean sink + four daily routines

Do you clean your kitchen sink every day? Maybe you do, but if it’s new to you or if you get hit or miss, try it for 30 days! I think you will be surprised at its impact, both in the way you see your home and in the way you feel!

Having a simple housekeeping routine isn’t about being a slave to cleaning, it’s about giving yourself FREEDOM to it so that you can do the things you want to do and fall in love with being home.

Here are some tips that will help you make daily sink cleaning a healthy and positive experience!

Think of a clean sink as a gift for yourself.

Don’t call these routines your “chores”. Taking care of your home is a gift to yourself. My ultimate goal is to clean my sink before going to bed. Whether it’s me cleaning it, my husband, or a family member, everyone in our house knows I’m happiest when the sink is clean. Even though no one else has ever helped with the dishes, I would do it alone. It is a gift for me to have a clean kitchen.

Ideally, I find it best to try and keep it clean all day, or at least empty it very quickly right before dinner. If you start dinner with a sink full of dishes, it will be much more difficult to clean up before bed. If you empty your sink before dinner, you can clean the house throughout the evening and have more time for yourself!

The joy of a clean sink + four daily routines
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  • Turn on the music you like (you can find one of my playlists here).
  • Bring decorative elements like seasonal flowers or plants and tea towels so you are inspired to see how pretty the dishes are! Buy my home and style here.
  • Pick up pretty dishes, it’s nicer to see them clean and tidy than to wobble in a sink of leftover lasagna! 🙂
  • Use a toxin-free cleanser so you don’t breathe in the chemical fumes that would damage your lungs while you’re cleaning your sink (get yourself some thieving household cleanser concentrate (it costs around $ 1 a bottle !!) and other toxin-free products. here! Read How I Improved My Health By Making My Home Toxin Free!) You can even customize your cleanser with your own personalized scent, I shared one of my favorite combos in this article.
  • Do not use toxic dish soap on your food, dishes or hands, do not compromise your health. You will make dishes every day, take a look at the ingredients listed on the labels of your products. If it says it has a “scent” or “use gloves” or adds a harsh warning or caution, or says to use it in a well ventilated area, etc., get rid of it. Grab Thieves The Thieves Concentrated Dish Soap, plus the delicious Lushious Lemon Foaming Hand Soap and refills here.
The joy of a clean sink + four daily routines
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  • Instead of candles or scented room spray or plug-ins, treat yourself to your favorite scents! I use a quality diffuser and real vegetable oils to make my kitchen smell divine while keeping me safe and happy (get the gorgeous diffuser above and other diffusers and oils I recommend here, you can also use these oils to safely scent your cleanser. I made a new bottle of cleanser last week, just a cap with 2 drops of lemon myrtle, 5 drops of bergamot and 8 drops of peppermint. Delicious! When you get your oils with my link I send you some cute diffuser cards and lots of goodies to get you acquainted with the oils.
  • Pour yourself a cup of tea to sip while you clean up or let yourself be savored as soon as the kitchen is clean. Make tea or beverage of your choice a part of your daily cleansing ritual. This blueberry chamomile tea has been one of my favorites lately.
  • Dry completely and polish your sink when you are done. I keep a small dry cloth under the sink to make it easier to polish the sink! The finishing details are what will make you happier in the morning.
The joy of a clean sink + four daily routines

Do you have a sink cleaning routine?

Follow my daily routines and home inspiration on my Instagram Stories at The Inspired Room and The Dwell Well Collective.

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