Keeping a home clean can be a daunting task. Even as early as the day you move in, simple housekeeping tasks can easily get away from you. Keeping up with work and a social life can make the idea of spending what little free time you have cleaning very unappealing.
There are some simple ways to begin cleaning up little by little to kick start your journey toward a neat and tidy home, as well as approaches to stay on top of it once you get everything in ship shape.
A great way to slow down the accumulation of trash is to throw out your unwanted items before you get home. For instance, if you are in a position to sort through your mail before bringing it inside, toss out the junk mail in a nearby recycling bin. If you can’t wait to open parcels, take advantage of public receptacles to leave the packaging behind. When you have to live in small spaces that are prone to fill up quickly with clutter, central mailrooms with amenities to help manage the mess are especially convenient in this era of internet shopping.
Shoes at the Door
This is one of the easiest ways to keep your floors clean. Taking off your shoes at the door can keep grime and other mystery substances on the bottom of your shoes from being trekked all over your floors and carpets. You will not have to sweep, vacuum, or mop as often and when you do, the dirt levels should be manageable.
Do the Dishes
Rather than waiting for the sink to fill up with dirty dishes or holding off until you run out of a clean supply, get in the habit of doing your dishes right after you are done using them. This will keep your sink clear and dish-washing will always be a relatively quick task since you only have to clean what was just used.
The same principle can be applied to laundry. Laundry gets easier the more often you do it. Smaller loads take less time to fold and put away. Rather than committing the better part of a day sorting, washing, and folding multiple loads, it is less discouraging to break it up and never risk running out of clean clothes.
The last thing you want to do on your day off is spend the entire time on chores. Be as productive as possible so you can truly take advantage of your down time. For example, if you are boiling water for pasta, put things away while you are waiting. Stream a movie in the room where you are doing light cleaning. Since you don’t need to be hyper-focused on housekeeping, it is the perfect activity as you catch up on podcasts or audiobooks.
Before and After
Taking progress photos can be very motivating as you undertake your cleanup process. When cleaning seems to take too long, it is easy to get discouraged. If you are able to look back and see the progress you have made, you will be inspired to continue.
In the end if all else fails, there is no shame in asking for help. Whether you reach out to friends, family, or even a professional cleaning service like Maid2Match Canberra, there are plenty of options that will get you on the fast-track to a clean home.