Spend less time cleaning and more time having fun. Remember how when the kids were little and you seemed to be forever cleaning up endless Lego? You probably imagined that by now the house would always be immaculate and housework would be a doddle. Except somehow it didn’t quite work out like that! The good news is there are simple strategies that can help you to make lighter work of the housework.
Clean as you go along
Housework doesn’t seem like such a big number if you keep on top of things. Don’t let dishes pile up in the sink, do your washing regularly, always put things away straight after using them – all obvious stuff really but easy to forget in the daily rush!
Get a routine going
Ever heard the expression about jobs expanding to fit the time available? If you have a set schedule for when you clean, and allot yourself a set amount of time for each task, chances are you’ll get through it quicker than if you just do things on an ad-hoc basis.
Set aside an hour or so to go through your cleaning cupboard, sorting everything out into categories and chucking out anything ancient, so that you don’t waste precious time looking for what you need.
Recruit your cleaning team
Get the whole family involved in the chores. Your partner could be King or Queen of The Bathroom Clean, for example, and with a little gentle persuasion even teenagers can usually be coerced into helping out.
Treat yourself to the best kit
Choose multi=purpose cleaners that’ll make your life so much simpler. Similarly, it’s best not to put up with appliances that aren’t up to the job. A new vacuum cleaner may seem like an indulgence, but if it stops you having to waste time going over the same bit of carpet again and again and again, it’ll quickly earn its keep.
Start at the door to each room and then clean in a circle from top to bottom. This will help you avoid missing a spot or cleaning the same bit twice.
Have a no-shoes-indoors policy
Most of the dirt around the house is brought in from outside on the soles of your shoes. Put slippers out in the hallway for your guests. Give it a go and you’ll quickly see a big difference!