Keeping house clean working full time
I don’t know where are you from or what your lifestyle is. I don’t know whether you are single or married or if you have children or not. Either way we all know that keeping a house clean and working full-time is a serious challenge! A challenge which is often unappreciated and unnoticed by many people. Usually there is not enough time during the day to keep up with an endless list of housework.
Torturing myself with the task of knowing how to keep a house clean (as shown on the pages of glossy magazines), I decided to have a look at cleaning schedules for working couples and started my research. The idea itself is an excellent one and there are so many options online that it’s hard to easily choose the right one. Yet so many of them were suggested for people that could devote hours a day on home cleaning and it definitely wasn’t my choice.
So many women all around the world need to go to work before sunrise and often return home when its dark. Therefore, doing anything besides simply getting up in the morning is unrealistic. Such women can only dream about having an unhurried morning cleaning routine with a rewarding cup of fragrant coffee and tea afterwards! I make my bed and that is all I have time for!
So, for those of you who are on the same page as me – let’s go through some options to make our lives easier.
Clean a little but each time.
There is no point in feeling guilty for having no desire to do all the cleaning at once or to waste the whole weekend on housework. The best solution is to do the cleaning but for only 15-45 minutes even if you are too tired to clean. If you commit to a little bit each day you won’t then feel overwhelmed with chores at the end of the week. Put on the timer when you start cleaning – and what is extremely important, is that you put your phone aside and consequently you won’t be distracted. You will then quickly manage all your tasks. Don’t forget to make sure that you have easy access to cleaning supplies otherwise time will be lost on unnecessary movements. Just store basic cleaning products in the kitchen and in each bathroom. Having nice organizing containers is a great help.
Establish Kitchen rules
While you are cooking try to make the most out of your downtime. While you are waiting for a pot of water to boil – clean the counters, load the dishwasher or water the flowers. Just look around and you’ll find some tasks that won’t take too much time to finish. It’s always nice to have minimum cleaning after you finish cooking.
When it’s your spouse’s turn to cook take that opportunity to get around the house and finish some other chores that are of the highest priority at that moment.
Whatever you do avoid sitting down until supper. I discovered it was much tougher to inspire myself to do anything around the home when my butt is parked on the sofa. It’s actually the best time to devote these 15-45 minutes to cleaning – but if you sit down and grab the remote control or a phone – this perfect moment is lost for sure!
After you both finish eating clear your own plates and put them into the dishwasher right away. A great habit to acquire is to start running the load that evening.
Cherish each other for not being lazy and following the rules with a bubble bath, massage or a cup of coffee in bed at the end of the week. It’s in your power to make boring routine a fun game for both of you or even a real family tradition. In such a case making a deep cleaning checklist can even be a thrilling experience.
Get rid of things you don’t need and like.
There is a direct correspondence between time you spend on cleaning and the amount of things your home accumulates. That’s why I entered into some decluttering challenges during the weekends. One of my favorites was how to declutter your house in one day and declutter 30 items in 30 minutes. By the way, you can split the task with your partner and manage to do it in 15 minutes. Isn’t it a fun challenge to do together on weekends? Such experience inevitably led to a change of my approach towards purchasing things. I could hardly imagine that there were so many things I had to throw away, donate or sell. As a result I spend much less time on dusting, putting everything in their right places and organizing. Money for the things I’ve sold helped me to buy my dream-robot vacuum cleaner which makes my life easier and less stressful.
Set the rules for kids
Talk to your children and set one essential rule – they should be responsible for putting their toys in the right places. Even at the age of four they can do it independently. You can help them by organizing containers and boxes with them. Discuss with them where to keep these containers and what to put in them. Show some patience to set up this house-rule as a routine. It will help develop their responsibility and make your life less stressful. If your kid’s room looks more like a toy shop, and its hard for you to keep it in a decent condition (to say nothing about the kids) – declutter it. Make a list of what they need and what they love. All other toys put in boxes and leave somewhere for a couple months. If they don’t remember them – donate.
Of course, you determine what is the best for your family and what approach is appropriate. Just remember that you don’t need to do it all alone. Getting your partner and your children involved in the cleaning process can actually turn out to be a delightful part of your life.