Trying to squeeze in cleaning tasks into a busy schedule can only stress you out further. With dishes piling up and kids leaving clutter everywhere, it’s hard to always keep a clean home. However, even though cleaning can be quite a vexing chore, there are many health benefits you can get from keeping a clean house.
You don’t have to stress yourself too much tidying up. Even with a hectic schedule, you can keep your home nice and orderly with a little bit of effort from everyone. Below are practical ways busy families can apply to maintain a clean home.
- Learn to let go of perfection
A busy family understands that their house doesn’t need to look perfect all the time. Sometimes, “clean enough” is good enough especially when you have other matters to attend to. It’s okay to have days where toys are scattered around, and there’s some laundry piling up.
When you’re cleaning tasks begin to accumulate, perform one task at a time. And you absolutely don’t have to do everything by yourself. You can enlist the help of your kids, or hire a house cleaning service to make your burdens a little lighter.
- Make a schedule
You don’t have to do all cleaning tasks every day. While you need to do the dishes a number of times daily, your bathroom only needs cleaning once a week. List down the things you need to do and group them according to daily, weekly and monthly chores.
- Find the time that works best for you
Are you a night owl or an early bird? If you think you’re more productive at night than in the morning, use that to your advantage. Schedule your cleaning spree at that specific time of the day.
- Set a time for each task
Set a small goal on your schedule to increase your motivation. For each task on your list, allocate a specific time for you to do it. This will help in ensuring your productivity so you maximize the time you have.
Once you’re done creating your schedule, put it somewhere you can see it often. This way, you can see your small successes by ticking off each task done on the list as you go.
- Multitask wisely
If there are things that don’t belong in the area you’re cleaning, put them outside until you’re done cleaning that section. Remember, you don’t have to do everything at once because it’ll only stress you out, and you’ll end up accomplishing less. Instead, multitask wisely and focus on one thing at a time.
- Choose one thing you can do right now
If you have limited time, only clean what your time allows you to do. Whether it’s doing the dishes or mopping up the floor, focus on what you can do during your free time. Don’t worry about accomplishing so little, you can still improve along the way.
- Gather up laundry every morning
Place an empty basket in each room, and let your kids place their laundry in the designated basket. And when they’re heading to school, do one load of laundry. But if you have to rush to work, leave the basket by the washing machine so that it’s ready once you return.
- Do a quick cleanup before sleeping
Make it a habit to clean up for 15 minutes before you hit the sack. It can make a huge difference especially if your kids will help, too. When you multiply 15 minutes by each number of family members, you can have a lot of cleaning time together.
- Buy only what you need
It’s easier to maintain the cleanliness of a house with less stuff. To avoid clutter, make it a habit to think twice before you buy anything. If you don’t really need it, don’t buy it.
Also, keep in mind to replace these bacteria time bombs in your home to protect your family from diseases.
- Let everyone in the family help
If you’re not living alone, there’s no reason to do everything by yourself. You can assign chores to your kids appropriate to their age. Let your 3-year-old pick up his toys while your 8-year-old can be put in charge of wiping the placemats clean after lunch or dinner.
These tips can motivate your family to take part in cleaning.
- Stop tidying up their rooms. If you’re still making your teenage child’s bed, it’s about time you stop doing it. If your children are already old enough to clean their own room, by all means, allow them.
- Stop picking up after their mess. If you’re the type who tends to clean up after your family’s mess, stop that habit. Teach them by allowing them to accomplish their tasks on their own.
- Take a day off from doing housework. This might be difficult for you if you dislike an untidy house, but it’s an effective way to motivate your family to help with the chores.
- Show that housework doesn’t have to be boring. Make cleaning fun while playing some music. You can also create games and contests on who can clean their room the fastest. This way, you’ll finish doing chores quickly, and you’ll have more time to relax.
- Thank them for their help. Once you’ve recruited everyone in the family to help out with the cleanup, express your sincere appreciation. Let them know that if they want a clean home, housework shouldn’t be a one-time event, and needs to be done consistently and mindfully.
- Get expert help
There are just some home maintenance tasks that are best left in the hands of professionals, such as plumbing emergencies, restoring a dirty sofa back to life, or deep cleaning a carpet. For many families today, investing in expert cleaning services is not optional anymore but a must for maintaining a clean and healthy home.
Professional cleaners have the tools and know-how to make sure everything is clean and sanitized, in the most efficient way possible and in a way that’s safe for your kids. They use industry-standard cleaning equipment, supplies and products, and follow an established system to make each area truly squeaky clean while ensuring your home items remain in good condition. That alone is already a huge time and money saver for you as a homeowner.
A clean house with kids means something different compared to a clean house without kids. Accept the fact that there’ll be a mess sometimes, especially if you have small kids around.
The important thing is you try your best to clean, and are teaching your kids the value of cleanliness and responsibility, enough to make your home safe and healthy for the entire family.
Rania Bellos launched Dust Busters Cleaning Services with the help and support of her husband after spending 15 years working in the banking and finance industry in France, Lebanon and the UAE. She welcomes the daily challenges and exciting opportunities provided by the highly competitive residential and commercial cleaning services market.