These days, with an entire household that is out in the workforce, we all know what challenges are involved in keeping your house in tip top shape. No one wants to get home from a hard day at work to find a messy house needs to be put back in order. We all want to get home, relax and unwind from a stressful day.
Look around your house. Is it a huge mess right now and does the thought of having to clean it make your head spin? Why not hire some professionals to come in and give it a huge “once over” and get everything shiny and clean again. Then, after this is all done, it is jut up to you to keep everything in that same condition from then on.
Never let it get out of hand.
Okay, I know that this is easier said than done! However, would you rather do fifteen to twenty minutes of cleaning here and there or leave it all and eventually have to devote an entire day to destroying the dirt.
All it takes is a small commitment of a few minutes a day. Easy things like keeping on top of the dirty dishes in the kitchen, quickly making your bed each morning and keeping your clothes picked up off the floors goes a long way. Maybe each night, pick a floor to vacuum, toilet to scrub or window to clean. If you do just one or two of these things each night your house will always be clean and you only spend a small amount of time each night. It is all about picking up after yourself all the time so it doesn’t pile and creep up on you.
A floor’s best friend, a floor mat.
Floors get dirty. Dirt comes from mostly tracking it in from outside. To combat this? Floor mats! No exterior door should be without one. They will trap the dirt from your shoes as you step in the door and some will even “welcome” your visitors in with a nice welcome message!
Got space for a mudroom?
Maybe it is okay to have that one house in the back that is for one purpose only – to be dirty! If you have a room for that mudroom, use it! For me, that would be in the entryway of my back door. Our family is the only one that uses that door and it is a great place to remove footwear that could easily track in dirt from the outside. Remember, it is okay to have one room just for dirt!
Make cleaning convenient.
Where do you keep all your cleaning supplies? Are they organized or are they strewn in different closets and cupboards all over the house? Do you even know where that crevasse tool is for your vacuum?
Like I mentioned before, you want to try to do a little bit each day to make it add up to a lot over the course of a week. Of course, if you are anything like me, the hardest part is to get started on a task (once I start, I’m good!). Part of the thing to keep you motivated to start is by keeping things logically organized so it is the most convenient to use.
Think about where you store your cleaning supplies and keep them in places that are closest to where you are going to be using them. Look at products like cleaning wipes, microfiber dusting cloths and other things to make your job easier.
Remember, it is all about making it as easy as possible to keep things clean!