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7 Tips for KEEPING Your House Clean After A Big Spring Clean
It’s easy to do a big spring clean when you’re feeling motivated – the sunshine and warmer temperatures certainly help. You’ve read our blog on 10 spring cleaning tips and you’re feeling ready to take on your home.
But for most of us keeping our home clean and tidy is probably the biggest problem. Piles build up again and before you know it, it’s worse than it was before.
Stop wasting your time with these simple tips for getting into a great routine…
- If you have kids – use them!
Make cleaning and tidying up fun for children with a rewards system. Whether you decide to let them help you clean other parts of the house or just their playroom or bedroom depends on their age – the older they are and the more independence they enjoy, the more responsibility they can take on.
Make it a routine that every night you spend 5 minutes putting things away in return for something like a bedtime story.
- Set yourself a chore calendar
Just like with children, sometimes its sits easier if you have a list and a deadline right in front of you. Sit down with a note pad and pen to list all the daily chores, weekly chores and monthly chores (and anything in between) take the time to work out when you're available to complete these tasks and… well... follow the calendar!
Note: This is also a great way to get the kids involved, by colour coding jobs and rewarding with stickers and pocket money. They may enjoy the responsibility too.
- Daily chores
With a daily routine, you’ll soon find that the ‘chore’ behind keeping your home clean and tidy start to pass. For example, making the beds daily, doing the laundry regularly, emptying and loading the dishwasher, sorting the recycling and so on all help to keep on top of those small routine chores.
- Weekly jobs
Setting yourself weekly tasks also means that some of those larger but irritating chores get done. Again, a schedule also means that you get things done but you’ll also be spending less time on these chores over the coming months. From dusting to vacuuming, to changing the beds and mopping floors, these larger jobs are essential for keeping on top of everything.
- Night sweep of the kitchen
This is a tip we picked up some years ago and it’s a great idea. Before you go to bed at night, do a quick sweep of the kitchen so that you wake up to a tidy place to make breakfast.
Bits and bobs from the day will accumulate on the kitchen counters so bin the stuff you don’t need and put everything else in their respective places.
- Get picky with your carpet.
We should vacuum high-traffic areas at least every other day, but not everyone has the time or energy for that. Make a point to pick up small messes (cat hair, scraps of paper, etc.) between regular vacuuming, and it will look nicer all week. Bending over to do it counts as exercise.
TIP – why not get technology on your side? A remote control vacuum is perfect. Using your home’s wi-fi, it will vacuum any room and then makes it way back to recharge ready for next time.
- Stay organised
This is definitely easier said than done but STAY ORGANISED. And for that, you need plenty of accessible storage solutions… like fitted furniture.