Keeping on top of your cleaning
Category: Spring Cleaning
Of course, when your home already looks reasonably clean and orderly there is less incentive to get out your duster. But if you make cleaning and clearing up a regular part of everyone's routine - the kids included - you'll soon find you're getting things done without really noticing it.
Shortcuts are great for keeping on top of housework. For example, try keeping a squeegee in your bathroom and running it over the shower screen each time you get out of the cubicle. That way you'll minimise soap and limescale build-up and your next full bathroom clean will be much easier.
Other tips include setting out separate laundry baskets for lights and darks to save time separating them and washing dishes while the dinner cooks so that once you've eaten you only have cutlery, plates and maybe a pan or two to clean.
Get everyone involved
You'll always feel as though you are fighting a losing battle if you're the only one who's putting any effort into the cleaning in your household. So make sure everyone chips in, even if their contribution is minimal compared to yours. It all helps, after all.
Get the kids to make their beds when they get up each morning before they come down for breakfast, set up a chores chart with everyone's names on it and allow each family member to chose the jobs that they enjoy doing the most, or at the very least don't hate doing.
Do something every day
While certain household cleaning chores need to be done every day, others can be done weekly. That doesn't mean you need to devote an entire day each week to cleaning. Try tackling one room each day instead to spread the load a little.
Keep this up, and when it's Spring Cleaning time you'll feel far less overwhelmed by the prospect of tackling all those annual jobs or getting professional cleaners in to do a really deep clean, because all of the weekly and monthly tasks will already be taken care of.
Posted by Toni Tsocheva