Housework isn’t often very much fun, but it is one of the most important life skills anyone can have; having a clean and tidy house will help you be more productive, and it will keep you healthier. It will be easier to find things, and you won’t have to panic when you know someone is coming to visit (or, worse, when they arrive unexpectedly) due to the mess in your house. Yet keeping up with the housework in this busy world, especially if you work full time or simply have a lot to do, can be challenging. Here are some ways that you can keep your house clean and tidy no matter how much (or how little) time you might have.
Many psychologists state that it is vitally important to make your bed each morning before you get on with your day. This may seem like a small, even unnecessary, task, but it has a good positive impact on your state of mind. Making your bed starts your day the right way, getting a task ticked off your to-do list before you have even had a cup of coffee or eaten your breakfast.
Not only that, but when you come home after a long day and you finally get to bed, stepping into a bedroom that looks neat because you have made the bed earlier will make you feel much happier. If you want to enhance the neatness, choose bedside tables that help you store clutter – you’ll be glad you did when you see how much nicer the room looks.
If you get to the end of the week and find that you’ve run out of clothes because everything is in the wash basket waiting for you to put it all in the machine, you’re not alone. It happens to many people. One way to combat this – and to prevent one entire day from becoming dedicated to washing clothes – is to do one load of laundry every day. Do this, and you will get into a good routine, plus you will always have clothes to wear when you need them.
Don’t just wash the clothes, though. Ensure you do the entire routine from sorting to washing to drying and, crucially, putting everything away. It will take extra time, but it will be worth it.
As you look around your home, you are sure to notice little things that need doing – small fixes around the house that don’t need a professional’s hand and that would take moments to complete, but that you keep putting off.
Make it your mission to fix these minor issues as soon as you notice them. To make things easier, have a small toolbox that includes useful items such as screwdrivers, screws, drills, and adhesives. If you have various, inexpensive tools, you’ll always have the right tool for the job, and you won’t have to wait for a problem to get bigger before you deal with it.
When cleaning your home, it needs to look nice and smell good. It needs to be neat and tidy. It does not, however, have to be spotless. You don’t have to spend hours and hours cleaning and tidying every day or once a week; clean enough is good enough.
Once a month, you can do a deeper clean, but in the meantime, a quick run around with the vacuum, dusting, and ensuring that the kitchen and bathroom are wiped down should be plenty.