Few things in life feel as good as coming home after a long day and relaxing in your favorite chair. After everyone has been fed, bathed, and they are safely inside the house, you can take some time to decompress and let your mind go. Or can you?
As you sit back and thank your stars the day is over, you take note of the coffee table. More specifically, you see a thick layer of dust covering the table. And this is when you realize how long it has been since you properly cleaned.
But how do you motivate yourself to start cleaning when you barely have energy left? You might also be wondering how you can keep the house clean when you have so many other responsibilities too? Well, the following tips should prove to be very helpful.
Break It Down Into Manageable Sections
There are no rules that say you have to clean all the rooms in one day. So, if time is a problem, do the cleaning one room at a time. Schedule 20 minutes every day to focus on a specific room. Then use the next day for the next room, and so on. After a week or so, you definitely start to notice the difference.
Always Clean Up When Finished
This is a basic rule that is very effective, especially if you have kids. Because when you make it a habit to clean up directly after using or doing something, you cut your overall cleaning time in half. For example, the bathtub is much easier to clean after you just used it. Plus, it will stay clean for much longer.
The same can be said about wiping the kitchen table before and after using it. And what about your kids putting away their toys after playing? Make it easy for them by placing storage bins or boxes nearby.
Get Rid Of The Clutter
It is a fact that cluttered homes are much harder to clean. Unfortunately, when you are responsible for the clutter, you are too close to the problem to see it. So take a moment and look around. Do you have stacks of newspapers or magazines taking up unnecessary space? Are you tripping over bags or clothes that have no specific place? Consider some functional furniture from Living Spaces.
If you can relate, then you should consider decluttering as soon as possible. Not only will it make cleaning easier and quicker, but your home will look clean and organized too. When you don’t need the stuff that is just laying around, either sell it or give it away to charity.
Make Everyone Part Of The Cleaning Process
For parents with kids that are old enough to understand what cleaning is, consider asking for their help. Just twenty minutes of working together as a family will make a big difference. Just make sure you give your kids tasks that are safe and age-appropriate. You can even turn it into a game. For instance, have a competition to see which kid can put away their toys quicker.