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Cleaning is a tough job, especially for those who work from 9 to 5 and only have the weekend to properly rest and enjoy some free time. Cleaning after work during the week seems like an impossible task for most people – it is tiresome, time-consuming and frustrating. However, spending most of the weekend on household tasks is not a better option. The weekend simply isn’t enough for cleaning, washing up, tidying up, cooking and a variety of other essential tasks. How do you cope with the house cleanup then? Here are some tricks and tips that you can try. They will help you manage cleaning on a regular basis, without spending all your free time on it.
Make A To-Do List Of House Chores
The first trick is to make a schedule of house cleaning chores and put it on the fridge, where all the family members can see it. List the tasks that should be done each day of the week and those for the weekend. Don’t appoint tasks to anyone specific, but make your children and spouse understand that everyone has to get involved. While you are at work someone has to do the vacuuming and the mopping. Concentrate on the result not who exactly will do a certain house chore on a particular day.
Clean Up Messes As You Make Them
Another trick is to clean on the go and teach everyone else to do that too. Having a healthy and clean home means cleaning a spill or a drop of food the moment it happens. It also means tidying up and dealing with the clutter on a daily basis. Don’t let your home become cluttered and full of dust, dirt and bacteria. Cleaning on the go doesn’t take up that much of your free time and it can be done while you cook or while you listen to music. It’s not about the speed, but about the quality. Dusting the shelves in the living room and the kitchen cabinets and appliances won’t take you more than 10 minutes, but it will save you ten minutes from your usual weekend cleanup routine which is a nice change.
Thoroughly Clean The House Once A Month
Don’t Forget To Clean Hard To Reach Places
If you want a cleaner home that you will feel happy in, you need to maintain it well. Don’t skip the areas that are harder to reach – use a chair to reach the top of the furniture pieces and dust them. Do the same with the major appliances and kneel to reach underneath the beds. If you have pets brush them regularly to make sure their hair is not all over the place.
Don’t Forget To Clean Lower Traffic Rooms
Don’t forget to clean the garage, the basement, and the attic – these places are usually cleaned not more than once a year, which is a big mistake. A dirty garage will attract even more grime, dirt, mold, and pests. This will reduce the air quality that will spread all over the house and the car, thus affecting you and the family. A dirty home leads to breathing problems, skin problems, and a variety of illnesses. If you don’t want that you need to turn cleaning into one of your habits.
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.