A home is for living in. It’s not reasonable to expect living space to be ready for inspection by a drill sergeant at any given moment. If the home is occupied by children, toys and the occasional abandoned shoe or sock will be found under the couch. If the home has pets, hair will accumulate in the corners. If the occupant eats, dirty dishes just seem to happen.
Don’t let unrealistic ideas of good housekeeping become too burdensome. This is one of the main reasons many people put off simple housekeeping tasks until they accumulate and become too overwhelming to face. Instead, use these housekeeping tips to make the job of keeping the home tidy less taxing.
Cut Down on Clutter
Find ways to cut down on housekeeping chores so that maintaining the living spaces fits in with the lifestyle of the family. One of the most logical housekeeping tips to minimize chores is to minimize possessions. This doesn’t mean donating everything but the items needed to survive to charity. The home should be comfortable and show personality. Rather, when something new comes into a home, something else should be removed. Every container has a maximum capacity, after all.
Tips to Reclaim Space
Before making a purchase of a decorative item, ask yourself if the item will be enjoyed enough to justify the space it will occupy and the time it will take to keep it safe and clean. Also, decide what item will be repurposed or eliminated to make room for it.
Not all gifts need to be displayed. Living spaces are for the family, not the occasional guest who will enter the home expecting a gift to be displayed prominently, all sparkly clean and shiny. Choose the items that take up time and space to the items the family uses and enjoys.
Cards and letters don’t have to be saved. Once read they can be filed or disposed of. There are just too many card giving occasions to save them all.
Before tucking a broken item away until it can be fixed, ask yourself (and be honest with the answer) if you’ll really ever get around to fixing it. If not, maybe it could be passed on to a handier friend who is will to fix and use it.