These days, more and more people are finding it difficult to keep up with the regular routines needed to maintain a neat and clean household. As more women join the workforce and overtime hours are extended, most end up arriving home too tired to do anything but eat and fall into bed. Those that have children to cater to have even more chaos to deal with. Here are some simple strategies that can be used to help save on time and effort needed to get the home back in shape.
- Divvy up cleaning tasks
It is exhausting to try to cram in all cleaning tasks over a single weekend. You end up not enjoying your only free time. Arranging a schedule whereby you get to do a little each day will prove much more relaxing and faster. You can choose to clean a single room each day and spread out tasks like laundry and washing the car over the week. You can save the messiest areas for the weekend, or carry out a little spot leaning so the situation does not get out of hand.
- Clean when needed
Contrary to popular belief, there is no real benefit associated with living in a sterile home. You should instead seek to clean up areas that look dirty or untidy and leave the rest until you have time to go over them. A little dirt does not hurt, and in fact, can help build up your immunity to allergies and other illnesses. Spot cleaning of such areas will help save on time while leaving your home tidy enough.
- Wash up dishes as you use them
Piling up dishes in the sink, and on counters, is a good way to exhaust yourself cleaning up down the line. It takes just a few minutes each day to wash dishes in the sink, and even less to put them in the dishwasher. Get in the habit of washing up as you cook to cut down your cleaning time faster.
- Shop for the right and enough cleaning products
Stocking up on adequate house cleaning supplies will allow you to stash them in the rooms or near where they are needed most. Avoid keeping all your cleaning supplies in just one location, especially if you have a large home. Many are discouraged to carry out spot cleaning as it may mean having to walk across the house to get what they need to perform the task. Keep bathroom and bedroom cleaning supplies in the bathroom, and living room, dining and kitchen cleaning supplies in the kitchen. Also, invest in microfiber cloths rather than dusters, as they collect dust rather than push the particles to other areas of the room.
- Put in storage
One of the reasons cleaning a home can be time consuming is that there is so much to clean up. Take time to take a critical look around the home, and get rid of items that you do not really have use for. Put them in storage or sell them off. A room that is free of clutter is much easier to move around in and is faster to clean. There are less surfaces to clean and areas for dirt and dust to hide.
- Choose darker colors
Light colors like white and cream can be attractive, but tend to show smudges easily, even if you have just spring-cleaned. Warmer and deeper colors do not however cause this problem. They allow rooms to look nice and tidy without you tiring yourself out with effort. Choose darker shades for both the walls and large pieces of furniture for the best presentation.