Ever feel like you can’t get around cleaning your house because your toddler needs your attention on building his train tracks?
Cleaning is always on top of my “getting things done” list and most of the time it just never happens. #storyofmommalife… amirite? This guest article has some great tips on how to clean your house without stress.
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Most people feel more relaxed and satisfied when living in a clean home. But we all know that keeping a spotless house is easier said than done. Knowing that tomorrow was cleaning day used to make my stomach turn due to the amount of work that was waiting for me. With a job, kids, and extracurricular activities, who has time to stress about housekeeping? Read about what you can do to lower the anxiety when it comes to tidying up your home.
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Try Not To Do It All By Yourself
You did not make the mess all by yourself. Why should it be your responsibility to clean it up? It should not only be one person’s job to pick up after others. This is a life lesson that must be learned. Make housekeeping a family affair. A good chore schedule can help sort out the mess. Together you can do it in half the time it would take one person to do it. Although it may take some training to get the kids into a routine, you will be thankful that you put in the time to teach them about responsibilities. And remember, it doesn’t matter if it isn’t done perfectly, the point is to get some help and get rid of the stress.
Don’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew
Take on several little tasks at a time. Do not dive into a full-blown spring clean. The healthiest thing you can do for yourself when it comes to housekeeping is to pace yourself. If you take on too much at one time, it can leave you feeling overwhelmed and defeated. Give yourself a half-an-hour in the morning to clean up the kitchen. Then do the laundry in the evening and so on. Today, you can organize one closet, spare some time next week for the basement, etc. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Successfully finishing a task gives us a burst of energy and a sense of accomplishment.
Housekeeping Along The Way
As you go about your day, make sure to wash and put away what you can. Need to go to the bathroom? Pick up some dirty clothes from around the house along the way and throw them in the hamper. Going out? Take the trash with you. Finishing a meal? Have everyone in the house wash their plate, or load it into the dishwasher immediately. Doing things along the way will save you time, energy and multiple trips throughout the day. Good housekeeping is an ongoing, endless activity. At the end of the day, it’s likely that you won’t even remember when it happened, but you will be left with a much tidier house.
Less Is More
The fewer things you have on display the easier it will be when cleaning time rolls around. There are certain things that are constantly being moved around the house, or only touched when they need to be cleaned. I call these things dust collectors. Things that are broken, too small, gadgets and decorations. Get rid of them if they do not serve a purpose. Housekeeping is sometimes as easy as donating or packing things away in order to make your space look neater.
Get It Fixed
How stressful is it to have something in your home just sitting there and taking up space or preventing you from using it as it was meant to be used? I’m talking about things such as broken screens, things that do not close properly, appliances, etc. Basically, the annoying things that you never get around to fixing, but would make your life easier if they actually worked. I decided to call it a day and let the professionals do the job instead. For example, getting an oven repair in Sydney is a piece of cake, and it gave me a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day.
In conclusion, although cleaning is a never-ending struggle, there are plenty of little things that you can do along the way that will make your home look ship-shape in no time. While doing it, housekeeping is not that enjoyable, but there is a lot of satisfaction gained from living in a clean home.
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