There’s an art to keeping a home clean and tidy – especially if you live in a large household! There are too many jobs to get everything done at all times. So it’s all about trying to stay on-top of the most important jobs while still leaving time to enjoy yourself.
Over the years, I’ve found a number of tips that have helped my clean my home better and faster. From buying a cordless vacuum to creating a daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly schedule, these have made a big difference to my cleaning workflow.
- Delegate when you can. If you live with children, it sometimes seems easier to do all the chores yourself rather than battle to get them to help. This is a mistake. There’s no reason why children can’t help with chores around the house, and it will make your life easier if they do.
- Buy a cordless vacuum cleaner. Cordless vacuums have come a long way since the early models. They are now almost as powerful as standard vacuums and have a much longer battery life than before. I bought a Dyson V6 Fluffy, which was recommended on this list of the best cordless vacuums: http://spotlessvacuum.co.uk/cordless-vacuum-cleaners/. Cordless makes vacuuming so much easier – I hate having to vacuum around a cord. It’s probably my best ever household purchase and I don’t know how I lived without it now.
- Clean just before it’s required. When I first stopped living with my parents, I would leave chores until they it became so obvious that they hadn’t been done that I was forced to do them. Not only did this mean I was living in a state of constant mess, but cleaning is much more difficult when you let something get out of hand.
- Create a daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly schedule…and then stick to it. Following on from the last point, I realised that I needed to have a schedule for when to clean. In the end, I used an app called Todoist to create lists of tasks that need to completed within certain timeframes. Everyday I look at the list and see what needs to be done. The key is to never put off a task on today’s list – otherwise they start to pile up.
Since I’ve started using these tips, my house has never been cleaner – yet I’m spending less time cleaning. If you’re sick of struggling to keep up with a list of daily chores, I highly recommend trying them.