Let’s face it – keeping your home clean and tidy is an endless cycle. Whether you prefer to clean your house daily or weekly, the fact still remains that you have to do it regularly.
To lessen the time and effort needed in maintaining the immaculate appearance of your home, here are some habits you can start adapting to make things easier for you.
- Do small chores on the weekdays – Most people allot theirs weekends for cleaning their homes. However, the downside to this is they usually end up tired and feel like they haven’t had a weekend to rest and rejuvenate their mind and body. If you would like to free up your weekend so you can have time for yourself and your family, try to distribute your chores over the weekdays, instead of doing them by bulk over the weekend. For example, get the laundry done on a Monday, buy groceries on Tuesday, and clean the kitchen on a Friday.
Others also have developed a habit of doing 15-minute easy chores on a daily basis. This could be as easy as separating the laundry, decluttering a certain area of your room or house, or picking up items and putting them back in their proper places.
- Delegate tasks to your family – Doing chores with the family enables you to get more things done more quickly! Not only that, it presents a wonderful opportunity for your children to learn about responsibility early on. Try and assign easier and simpler tasks to them. For example, they can help you fold the laundry, replenish the tissue supplies, take out the trash, etc. Shouldering all these tasks on your own can be daunting and tiring. But with your family to help you, you can complete tasks faster and you can avoid tiring yourself out.
- Break down your tasks and schedule them – Not all household chores need to be done on a daily or weekly basis. There are tasks that can be done every two to three weeks or even months. The important thing is to learn how to prioritize these and set a realistic schedule. Doing everything all at once can be exhausting and time-consuming. It’s important to strategize and make a schedule that you can easily follow and complete.
- Declutter your home regularly – Owning a lot of things means you also have a lot more to manage and organise. Make it a habit to declutter your home – it could be done every month, or every quarter. Most of us buy things frequently but forget to keep track of these items. Decluttering allows you to sort out what you still need and what you can give or sell. It also frees up space in your home for more important items.
A good principle to follow is the KonMari method – you take a look and feel of your belongings and find out if they bring you joy. Keep the ones that still make you happy, and let go of the ones that no longer give you joy or serve you well.
- Always clean and tidy up as you go – Put your stuff where you got them as soon as you finish using them. Also, avoid piling up the dishes, make sure to clean up the table right after eating, and keep your closet organised daily. When you avoid making a clutter in your home, or when you make a proactive effort to keep it tidy, you save yourself from more work.