Cleaning, sweeping, polishing… Let’s be honest, most people do not like housekeeping at all! But in order to feel comfortable at home and to have a healthy way of life, it is vital to have a clean and tidy house. Here are a couple of tips to avoid spending hours cleaning up every week.
The easiest way to have a clean house is to get a little bit of cleaning done every day. This will become automatic and help you have a spotless living place all the time. Do not spend too much time doing this, 15 minutes each day can be enough.
In this daily routine, you can:
Make your bed when you get up
Clean the kitchen when the meal is over
Tidy up toys in the living room
Hoover the kitchen and living room
Aerate the rooms.
If you have done your daily tasks, the other tasks to be done should not take more than 1 hour 30 per week. Most people do them on Saturday mornings, but anytime will be fine! You can even decide to add something every day to the tasks listed above if you prefer.
You can include the following tasks in your weekly routine:
Cleaning the bathroom and toilets
Laundry and ironing (yes, some people still iron their clothes!)
Mopping the floor
Sorting the fridge
Watering the plants
Changing the towels
Cleaning the microwave.
Some tasks can be carried out even less frequently, once a month for example. Among others:
Changing the sheets
Cleaning the fridge and the oven,
Cleaning the windows
Cleaning doors and walls
Tasks to be done every six months
There still is some spring-cleaning left, to be done every 6 months. For example:
Sorting clothes and organizing wardrobes
Defrosting the freezer
Cleaning duvets and curtains
Small paint adjustments.
Defining a schedule
To help you be a very organized parent, you can set up a schedule for cleaning up. Write down everything that must be done, in order to not forget anything and have a spotless and clean house without feeling exhausted at the end of the day.
A schedule is also very useful to avoid arguments between brothers, sisters and other members of the household. At least, everyone knows what he/she has to do and when to do it!
Yes, I did not specify that one of the keys to keeping your house clean is to delegate! You can get all members of the household to participate, according to their age. And getting the children involved encourages them to take on more responsibilities. Of course, if one person prefers one task to another, it can be an occasion to assign him/her to this task!
If some tasks seem unbearable to you, why not ask a professional housekeeper to do these tasks a couple of hours a month?