Keeping Your House Clean with a Busy Schedule
As homeowners, we all love to live in a clean house. Moreover, recent research has shown that having a clean home improves our physical and mental well-being. But whether you work full time or are just busy, consistently keeping your home clean and tidy can be difficult.
Even if you start off the week with a clean house, it inevitably becomes a full-blown disaster zone by Friday. This means that you often end up spending your entire Saturday scrubbing the house clean.
However, you can keep your house clean without too much effort and, more importantly, all the time. Here is a simple guide to help you with your home maintenance and cleaning tasks.
Create a simple cleaning schedule
The easiest way to create a cleaning schedule is to look at your week and establish certain tasks to do on each day. For example, you could vacuum the living and dining areas each Tuesday and clean the bathroom vanities, sinks, baths and toilets on Wednesday. On Thursday, you could vacuum the bedrooms, and do your laundry. As cleaning the main areas and wiping down all of the kitchen cabinets, countertops, and splashback are the most time-consuming tasks, you can do all these things on Saturday morning.
Start a wash cycle if you have enough laundry
Each morning, have your kids place their dirty clothes in a basket in the laundry room. Once the basket is full, you can start a load in the washer before you go to work and dry them in the dryer when you return. One easy way to prevent unfolded laundry from piling up in the laundry room, or worse, in your bedroom is to have a folding area near your dryer. This way, you can fold your clothes as soon as they come out of the dryer.
Clean “as you go”
To keep your bedroom clean and tidy, have a laundry hamper in the area that you tend to undress at the end of the day, whether it be the bathroom or your bedroom. This way tidying up is as easy as dumping your clothes in one central spot.
A few other things you can do to keep your house clean include spraying your shower with cleaner after every shower, picking all the things that are lying around as you’re passing by them and putting them where they belong, wiping down countertops after you cook, cleaning spills right away, starting the dishwasher at night, after dinner, and emptying it in the morning while you’re brewing your coffee.
Teach your children to keep the house clean
If you want to have a clean house, it’s important to enlist the help of your children. If your kids are old enough to help you, make a list of all the things they can do, such as keeping their room’s floor clear of debris, cleaning up after themselves, and dusting the entire house.
Develop a home maintenance plan, even if you have a new home
Both new and old homes need regular maintenance. If you’ve recently moved into a new house, starting a regular maintenance program from the beginning will allow you to keep your home looking its best for much longer.
A great idea would be to divide the home maintenance tasks into two groups: tasks you can handle personally and tasks that require a professional. Once you determine the tasks you can do yourself, make sure that you establish a few days when you have plenty of time to complete them. For instance, you can clean the air filters of your HVAC system on the first Saturday of each month, the gutters in the first week of September, and your yard every spring.
When planning regular home maintenance, make sure that you also take into account the weather events specific to your area. In Northwest Florida, for instance, high winds, severe storms, and hail can result in additional repairs that you might need to take care of during various seasons. While you can’t predict the weather, you can do your best to plan for it.
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