Many people find that after a busy day at work or caring for their family (or both), cleaning the house gets pushed to the bottom of the priority list. When work is over, and everyone is fed and finally tucked up in bed, you deserve to be able to relax and not set straight to work again. Unfortunately, the longer we let the household chores slip, the bigger the jobs become, and simply knowing the house needs cleaning can add to your stress. This guide will provide some helpful hints and tips to help you find the time to keep a clean and tidy home.
Bring in The Professionals
If you are really struggling to keep on top of a cleaning routine and have some spare cash, there’s no shame in bringing in a professional cleaning service. Many people do this on a weekly, monthly or quarterly basis to ensure the home gets a thorough clean. Even if it’s only once a year to give you a fresh start, it can give you real peace of mind. In addition, if you have pets or are generally concerned about protecting your home from rats, mice, cockroaches, fleas, ticks or other pests, Joshua’s Pest Control service will provide complete protection and elimination service.
Clean Room by Room
Set aside just a few minutes each day to clean a part of the house. For example, on Monday evening, you could set aside 20 minutes after the children are in bed, or when you first get in from work, to clean the lounge or the bathroom; then do your bedroom tomorrow, and the hallway the next day. This won’t feel like it’s eating into your relaxation time too much and will reduce how much you have to do at the weekends significantly.
Clean as You Go
The bathroom and kitchen are often the rooms which get dirtiest as they’re in regular use, so try to clean up as you go. Wash the dishes every night rather than letting them pile up, give the toilet, sink and bathtub a quick wipe down after they’ve been used and get the kids to tidy their toys away after playtime. Put a load of laundry in before you leave for work in the morning and put it in the dryer when you get in at night.
Declutter as Often as Possible
The more stuff you hoard in your home, the harder it will be to keep things tidy and dust-free. If you are finding it difficult to find what you need, or are always tripping over items, it may be time to have a clear out. You can give things away to charity, sell via online marketplaces or simply throw them out, but you’ll be surprised at how much easier it will be to clean and keep the home tidy when you have finished.
Get the Family to Help
Depending on how old your children are, you may be able to get them involved in the 20-minute cleaning time each day. This will drastically increase how much you can get done throughout the week. You could even make it a game by challenging your children to see who can tidy their rooms in the fastest time.