When you’re working 40 hours a week, and you have kids, pets and, you still want a life — it can be super hard to keep your house clean and tidy even if you want to. But with a few simple strategies, you can tackle your to-do list and have that clean house you always dream of.
First, divide your chores in to weekly and daily habits. Daily habits are things that you’ll do every day to keep your home clean, and weekly tasks are bigger, more time-consuming chores that you do once a week (or less regularly!).
Set a cleaning schedule of weekly tasks to ensure that, as well as being tidy, your house is clean. It doesn’t have to be exhausting. It could simply be:
Monday — vacuum floors
Tuesday — wash floors
Wednesday — clean bathroom
And so on. To make it even easier, when you’re doing these tasks, set yourself a 15 minute/30 minute timer. Tackling jobs quickly means you’re more likely to actually do them!
We get it: you’re not going to be able to do all of these jobs, every day. And that’s OK. But here are some daily habits that can help keep your home clean and tidy. They take very little time and effort, and mostly, they’re simple enough to become part of your routine.
- Do a load of laundry before you go to work, and hang it out when you come home.
- Fold laundry in front of your favourite Netflix show.
- Keep biodegradable wipes in your bathroom and use them to wipe down surfaces daily (or as needed).
- Wash your dishes as soon as you have used them or stick them in the dishwasher.
- Tidy before bed. Before you head to bed, do a 10-minute tidy around the house. Wipe the kitchen counters, put away books/DVDs and so on, hang up towels.
- Use the two-minute rule: if it takes less than two minutes, do it now. Wash up a plate. Put away your dirty clothes. Put the recycling in the bin.
- Clean as you go — always. This is the easiest way to build cleaning into your day. Pick up your clothes instead of leaving them on the floor. Wipe down your kitchen counters when you notice they’re dirty, not later. Put away your clean dishes while the kettle is boiling.
- Make your bed every day. Simple. Super effective.
- Tackle your entrance, daily. File away any shoes or post, hang up your coat. Easy!
- Don’t wear shoes inside the house. Your time spent cleaning the floor will be drastically reduced.
- Keep a squeegee in the shower to wipe down the glass regularly.
Here’s the thing it’s lovely to have a clean home, but it doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Keep it simple and manageable for you if you do that you are most likely to stick with it before you know those chores will soon become part of your everyday 🙂 Have a go and remember….Happy Cleaning!