How To Keep Your Home Clean: Helpful Tips For Busy Parents
After a long day at the office or at home with the kids, you finally get to flop down on the couch. Everyone in the house is fed, bathed, watered, and in bed – and you’re exhausted.
But as you recline back on the couch, you notice some dust building up underneath the coffee table, and then it hits you: the house hasn’t been cleaned in almost two weeks!
But you’re exhausted. How do you keep the household running and keep your home clean too? Help is at hand, here are some handy tips to try to keep your house tidy and clean.
One room at a time
Schedule a few minutes every day to clean the house, just like you would schedule a meeting. Spend about 20 minutes every evening tackling one room in your house.
Tomorrow’s 20 minutes can cover the bedroom and the next day’s 20 minutes can cover the living room. A little each day gets a lot done in a week.
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Clean and tidy after use
This rule can be implemented from the kitchen right through to the bathroom.
Quickly wash the bath after you’ve used it. It’ll be much easier to clean and with a simple rinse after each use, it won’t be necessary to wash the bath every week. Wipe down the kitchen surfaces every time you prepare food.
Encourage the kids to tidy their toys up after play time. Keep a couple of storage boxes in their play area, so they can easily throw their toys into them.
Clutter vs clean
You know it’s true: the more things you have, the quicker your house will become cluttered. Are you tripping up over stacks of old magazines, bags of old clothes, and other random items?
If this is the case, then it’s time to declutter. Get rid of all the unnecessary stuff gathering dust that’ll only have to be cleaned later on. When in doubt, throw it away or donate it to a charity shop.
Get The Whole Family Involved
If your kids are old enough, take 20 minutes as a family to clean the house together. That means that a family of four can do about 80 minutes’ cleaning each night!
Give age appropriate tasks to your children. A six-year-old can wipe down the kitchen surfaces,, while an eight-year-old can help with sweeping the kitchen floor. Challenge your kids to see who can put their clothes/toys away the fastest.
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Don’t leave all your laundry for the weekend
Weekends are far too short to leave all your laundry to be packed into two days. Get into the habit of putting a load on everyday or every other day. Throw in a load in the morning before you go to work. When you get home, throw it in the dryer or onto the clothes horse, and when they’re done, quickly sort fold them before getting into bed. This way, you won’t have to spend a precious weekend day buried under a mountain of laundry.
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Hire A Cleaner Every Once In A While
Hiring a cleaning service once every few weeks or even once every quarter can help to make sure that things don’t get too out of control at home.
The service can take care of all the dust hiding in those hard to reach corners. Every once in a while won’t be as costly and it’ll give you some well-deserved time to relax for a couple of days before taking over again.
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