Coming home to a lovely neat, clean home can really boost your morale after a hard day’s work. On the other hand, coming home to a messy house is not very relaxing. It can also have the awful effect of encouraging rats, pests and diseases.
Most of us would prefer to live in a neat and clean house, but it does require a little investment of time and effort to keep the house in shape. If you are serious about maintaining a clean house, keep reading to learn useful tips to make it easier.
Household chores may involve a number of nameless tasks that you have to do. In order to make sure that you do not miss any of them out, it is advisable to create a to-do list specifying what should be done, when it should be done, and by whom. The list should specify daily, weekly or monthly tasks.
For instance, you may wish to schedule that your dishes are washed on a daily basis, and your floors are cleaned weekly. You may wish to clean your windows on a monthly basis. More importantly, name the person who will be in charge of each task to help each family member identify their role and responsibility in caring for the house.
Keeping the house clean cannot and should not be the sole responsibility of one member of the family, like a wife or mum. All family members share the living space so each of them should be responsible for taking care of it.
Now that you have figured out a list of what needs to be done, it is time to put into practice what has been written down.
Tasks such as doing laundry, sweeping the floor, cleaning the cooking area, washing dishes, making beds, or taking out garbage should be done every day.
You may tailor the time schedule to execute those tasks based on your family circumstances but the key thing is that they are done daily by whoever has been specified on the list.
You may find yourself working around the clock to make ends meet and just want a rest after arriving home. You may have thousands of reasons to put off the chores until the next day. What happens here is that things get more and more out of control if cleaning up is delayed for long.
A dirty house with a lot of clutter will attract various kinds of creatures that love to reside in shady moist spaces such as rats, ants, cockroaches and even fleas.
Invaders such as rats or cockroaches can easily be seen with the naked eye, but fleas are so tiny that they may go unnoticed until they have infested the house heavily. These pesky insects may cause you and your family, as well as your pets, a great deal of discomfort and even harm.
The flea breeding rate is incredibly fast and a moist, dirty house makes a perfect habitat for them to multiply in. If you want to protect your family from fleas, you must keep the house neat and clean all the time. No procrastination!
Engaging all your family members in doing household chores is a good start.
Now, you want everyone to enjoy it rather than feel obligated and miserable while doing it. It will help if you create some kind of reward system, especially for children. Alternatively, make the atmosphere relaxing while cleaning the house by playing music or setting timers. People may dance with the rhythm or whistle along as they clean.
Offer an incentive to look forward to after the chores have been done. For instance, “Once we’ve cleaned up, we can have some ice-cream.”
Everything we’ve mentioned so far is for a do-it-yourself clean up. If you and your family lead a busy life that spares little time for cleaning your home yourselves, calling for professional home care service may be an option for you.
Depending on your budget for this service, you may be able to have it done daily or weekly. If your budget is tight, even just getting someone in once a week to do the time-consuming chores like ironing and cleaning floors and windows may help a lot.
Home care professionals know what to do to ensure that your house is in shape, so you can spend your time relaxing and caring for family members.
It is not such a big deal to clean the house if it’s done regularly before things pile up. It’s much better to do a little every day than leave it all for the weekend.
For example, if everyone washes their own cups and dishes as they use them, there will not be such a pile in the sink at the end of the day. If each family member cleans and tidies their own room, this takes the load off one person. When cooking, try to make a double quantity and then freeze half for another day. This will cut down on the dishes for that day, plus give you a day off cooking!
Nobody likes to live in a dirty house: it makes you feel tired and drained just by looking at the mess, and it attracts bugs and disease. Don’t wait any longer to set up a schedule for doing household chores and involving every member in the project. This will improve family relationships and increase the sense of responsibility among family members.
If everyone in the family has tight work or study schedules, remember that having a professional home care service provider in to clean up for you may relieve the pressure.
We hope these few tips will help motivate you to organize your living space and will make your life a little easier.
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