As the name implies, housekeeping looks like a difficult task, especially when you have busy schedules. Still, it can be easy when you break it down and create a daily routine. The hardest part is trying to stick to that routine you have made. You don’t have to follow it religiously. Still, if you can do some minor chores before going to bed, you will not be overwhelmed by the number of tasks to accomplish in a day.
Growing up in a large family, I was always busy. My mum would make a weekly house chores roster of tasks and assign them to my siblings and me. My favourite chore was washing the bathroom, weird isn’t it, but one job I disliked was laundry.
Literally speaking, the training has helped me develop myself and be more organised, especially now I have my own family. The habit of housekeeping embedded in me that I started teaching my children the importance of tidying up regularly. Now they know the drill and tend to tidy up their toys to an extent by themselves.
Do you know a clean, tidy house re-invigorate your spirit? You feel so uplifted, calm, and relaxed without worrying about piles of dishes waiting to be washed or clothes to be ironed. Yes, there are days you feel like, “I can’t be bothered about house cleaning.” I feel the same some days but not letting it drag is the key.
As a mum, I changed my mindset of leaving chores to a particular day of the week. I challenged myself to always be on the go. I try to tidy up as much as I can before going to bed.
Let’s talk about a few tricks for a clean and organised home.
Categorize and label your items
- Put cups, water bottles, flasks in an exact plastic basket.
- Organise books or other paper stuff in shelves, drawers, or file cabinets.
- Place pens, pencils, or makeup brushes in empty plastic containers or glass jars to contain them.
- Organise your daily species, cereals, biscuits, etc., in a clear container.
- Clearly label items; it makes them easy to access and place them in the easy to reach kitchen shelves or cupboards.
Create more space
- Declutter old clothes, give them out to charity or bin them, and help create more space.
- Tidy daily use shoes in a shoe rack and not frequently used shoes in boxes when needed again.
- Fold clothes into smaller squares, stacking them vertically in a chest drawer or wardrobes.
- Sort accessories separately include socks and leggings, underwear, ties, belts in separate drawers for easy finding.
- Hang towel hooks at the back of the bathroom door to keep the towels in place and dry for another use.
- Put away appliances like a blender, hand mixer, sandwich maker, etc., after use in a cupboard to create more space on the worktop surfaces.
Have a cleaning routine
- Have a to-do-list; this will help you be on track with what needs to be done first.
- Avoid procrastinating, do it now, and save time for yourself to relax.
- Encourage your children to tidy up. This will go a long way in their development and partaking in domestic chores.
- I have a trick I taught my little ones about folding clothes, which they like, and that makes the job done quickly and the kids busy.
- Re-shuffle your pantry cupboards while re-stocking to check for expiring products and use them first.
- Make it a habit to tidy your bed and room once you wake up in the morning; it makes it easier for the rest of the day.
- Have a specific laundry basket in the bathroom for dirty clothes; this will help reduce clothes from going everywhere in your room.
- Chores like cleaning the fridge, oven, and bins can be done weekly, microwave, and worktop surfaces daily.
Practically, it looks like a hard job to maintain a clean house, especially if you have young children. Still, once you create a little time and incorporate it into your daily routine, you will find it easy to keep your house tidy always.