The Art of Cleaning

The Art of Cleaning

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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, in the end. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.



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