There never feels like there are enough hours in the day and when it comes to chores around the house, it feels like keeping your house clean takes up your free time. It doesn’t have to be that way. Follow these tips and you will find that you can find time to do the activities that you want to do.
While dinner is cooking, instead of waiting for that pot of water to boil, grab a broom and sweep the floor. Many household chores can be done simultaneously. Try not to leave dishes in the sink before you go to bed. Instead, while the kids are making their lunches for the next day, load the dishwasher or wash them by hand. While you are giving your preschooler a bath, clean the toilet and sink. Get the idea?
Insist upon complete cooperation with maintaining a household. Give everyone chores and make sure that they do their share. One person should not be responsible for keeping an entire house or apartment clean. Too many women especially try to be superwoman. Working outside the home and then coming home and managing a household is exhausting. Don’t do it alone. Use a whiteboard to keep track of whose turn it is to take out the trash or vacuum the family room.
Have a place for everything and make sure that it works for your lifestyle. Keep it organized by training everyone in your home to put things away after they are done using them. To make it easier, keep a basket at the bottom and top of the staircase so that items can find their way back to where they belong. Establish a rule that when you leave a room with the destination of going down to the basement, for example, bring something down with you. This rule can help to keep your home better organized.
Lists and calendars
Even though many adults rely on their smart phones, many children don’t. Keep a calendar in a central location where you can keep track of soccer practice, dentist appointments and other activities. Use a whiteboard to remind a latchkey child to do chores instead of waiting for you to return home from work.
Leaving a magnetized notepad on the front of your refrigerator is great for keeping track of items you need to add to your grocery list. This will help save time for when it is food shopping day. Make sure that everyone uses it. When someone finishes the last of the breakfast cereal, make sure that they know to either write it on the list or tell someone who can write it for them.
Following these tips can help you to keep your home clean without spending half your weekend doing it. Teaching a family to work together helps to take the burden of housecleaning off one person and shares the responsibility. Teaching your children from a young age will help them to learn teamwork and responsibility.