I’ll be the first to confess that I really dislike house cleaning. It’s not the actual work that I find so disagreeable but the fact that no matter how thoroughly I clean and organize, it all has to be repeated the very next day. I’m sure that many of us feel the same way about housework and other daily chores. Every new day brings more dishes and laundry to wash, more items to pick up off the carpet, floors that need to be mopped again, and spills to be wiped up in an endless cycle of cleaning. If a clean house would only stay clean, life for a homemaker would be so much simpler.
This article isn’t about getting out of housework, however. We all know house cleaning and daily chores is a necessary part of keeping a home running smoothly. A clean and well organized house also gives us a sense of balance and order in our lives, and helps us “tidy the nest” when our lives are a little off kilter. However there are little tricks of the trade that can make housecleaning a little less overwhelming. Some of these tips are ones that the professionals use to speed up the job of cleaning a home. Here’s how it’s done.
1. Pick up the house first using a laundry basket. Cleaning can’t be done with clothes, dishes, and toys scattered all over the floor. One time saving tip is to bring along an empty laundry basket while working your way through the house. Items that don’t belong in the room you are cleaning go in the basket to be put away later, items that do belong in that room (but were found elsewhere in the house) can be removed and put in their proper place.
2. Keep your cleaning supplies in one location. Organizing the cleaning supplies ahead of time and keeping them in one easy-to-find location means you can get right to work without needless fussing around. For homemakers, having a cleaning bucket stocked with necessary supplies ready to go saves time and will tell you at a glance what supplies may need replenishing. One time saving tip is to use a few good multipurpose cleaners for your home instead of buying a huge assortment of specialty cleaners.
3. Keep your household tools well serviced and in clean condition. Just like cars and lawnmowers, vacuum cleaners and home carpet shampooers need regular servicing as well. If you don’t know how to replace belts & filters, clean out the beater bars, or remove dust from the intake valves, have someone do it for you. The same goes for your mops, rags, brushes and other cleaning tools. Worn out and dirty tools and rags are less effective, may cause scratching, and will slow down the job of house cleaning.
4. Only tackle one big job a day. There’s an old joke that runs along the lines of “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” When it comes to cleaning your home, it’s important to tackle big jobs “one bite at a time” as well. Instead of trying to scrub the whole house top to bottom every day, try cleaning one room a day thoroughly and the rest of the house superficially.
5. Put the kids to work. Having the kids help with the housework won’t kill them, and will increase their respect for how much work Mom does when no one is watching. Sharing in the housework will also start your kids on a path of self sufficiency and teach them how to take care of themselves once they head off to college.
This is by no means a comprehensive guide to cleaning and organizing your home. This little tips however will speed up the job and make the task of housekeeping less of a burden.
These other articles can also help:
1) How to make chores fun for teens and tweens will help make housework fun for kids.
2) Don’t know how to make a decent cleaning rag? How to make cleaning rags is a great guide as to learning what fabrics work for cleaning and what doesn’t.
3) A cleaning checklist for the kitchen is a comprehensive guide for cleaning the most difficult room in the house.