For many of us, household cleaning can seem like a never-ending chore. From dust to muddy pawprints or a seemingly relentless pile of washing or dirty crockery, it often feels like we’re fighting a losing battle keeping our homes clean and tidy. However, there are ways you can lessen the load and make cleanliness and tidiness a breeze.
Here are just a few ways you can start enjoying a tidier, more hygienic home with ease.
Start as you mean to go on, and make your bed
It could be argued that tidiness is an outlook and if you start the day right, you’re more likely to continue in the right frame of mind. Making your bed when you get up can help you adapt your approach to cleanliness through the rest of the day. Perhaps more importantly, it’s much nicer to get into a made bed at the end of the day. To make your life easier, perhaps look at simplifying your bedding with just a duvet and some pillows. Starting the day right can be your first step to achieving domestic perfection.
Avoid dirty floors
Taking your shoes off as you enter your house is the most obvious way to avoid floors getting dirty, but if you have a pet dog or cat, this can be a little trickier. Short of putting bootees on your pet, it might seem like you have few options, but installing pet grass on your lawn could help avoid pets bringing muck into your home.
Do a daily laundry
Depending on your family size, doing laundry daily will help you keep on top of cleaning duties and avoid the clutter of dirty clothes. Of course, if you live alone, doing laundry every day might be a tad excessive, but regardless, try to get into a routine of having specific wash days.
Share the chores, delegate, and incentivize
Kids are lazy. Bottom line, most children aren’t even aware of the mess they leave behind, and most don’t particularly care either. If you find you’re constantly cleaning up after your kids, try changing tack and incentivize them to clean by making it a condition of their pocket money. Children learn a valuable lesson being paid to do work, which will serve them very well in later life.
Do a nightly tidy
It’s much easier to just leave rooms untidy and figure you’ll deal with the mess later, but that’s exactly what causes those monstrous cleaning sessions we all know will end up happening. If you do a nightly clean and tidy-up, you’ll save yourself hours in the long run. Ingrained dirt and muck is much harder to remove, but by spending just a few moments each night before you retire to bed, you’ll make the task of cleaning much easier.
Keep your cleaning tools close to where you use them
It’s super easy to accidentally spray toothpaste around your sink or on your bathroom mirror, but if you have cleaning tools close to hand, you’ll be far more likely to remove the mess as it happens. Keep your kitchen and bathroom cleaning products within easy reach so that you can deal with issues as they arise; but always be mindful of small children and cleaning products and keep them in a safe place.