Homeowner How-To’s: Staying on Top of Household Chores

Have you ever been horrified by what you found behind your stove or refrigerator? If so, you’ve probably also looked at home magazines and wondered how real people live in the clean, tidy homes you see on the pages. Keep reading to learn how to stay on top of household chores!manage-chores.jpg

While past generations had good house cleaning routines, the fact is that modern day families generally are two-income households with larger homes, more stuff, and less time to tackle cleaning and organizing. Here are five tips to help you develop good housecleaning routines

  1. De-Clutter Your House

    Everything you own has to be cleaned, organized, and maintained – so if you de-clutter your house, you will simplify your household routine significantly. If your kids struggle with keeping their toys picked up, store half of their things in the attic for six months. At the end of the six months, store the other half and bring out the other boxes. They’ll feel like they got all new stuff, and you’ll be happier with the state of their rooms.

    Simplifying is not just for the kids. Check out your own closet, garage, and kitchen cupboards to see what you can get rid of. If you’re on the fence about some things, pack them away to the basement with the date written on the top. In six months, if you haven’t missed them, make a donation without opening the boxes.

  2. Create a Checklist

    Create a master list of all of the chores that need to be done inside the house. Divide them into four groups
    – daily chores (dishes, wiping down counters, and straightening living areas)
    – weekly chores (scrubbing bathrooms, dusting, and vacuuming)
    – monthly chores (changing air filters, cleaning out the sofa, and wiping baseboards)
    – quarterly chores (cleaning under appliances, washing curtains, and organizing closets)

    If you tackle these chores on a systematic basis, the grime won’t pile up so badly. Every day, choose a few chores from each list, and by the end of the quarter, your house will be shining.

  3. Have Designated Cleaning Times

    One reason that it’s hard to keep your home clean and tidy is because your schedule is hectic. Designate certain times of day to tackle daily chores and one or two days a week where you do more in-depth cleaning for an hour or two. Put these cleaning times on your calendar and stick to them.

  4. Have Everyone Help

    Even small children can be of some help. At the very least, they can tag along while you clean and learn how to do it properly. If you live with other adults or teens, divide the cleaning list fairly. You may want to rotate through the chores on a weekly or monthly basis so no one gets stuck with the nastiest chores all of the time.

  5. Get Outside Help

    If you have small babies, toddlers, or a life that’s overly committed, there’s no shame in paying someone to come do certain chores for you. Whether you need help on a weekly basis or just with seasonal deep cleaning, you don’t have to do it all if you can afford to pay someone to help out.

Cleaning is not fun for anyone, but by streamlining the process and having a good system in place you can get it done in an efficient manner. When you have a routine, your home will be a more enjoyable place to live, the chores won’t get ahead of you, and the whole family will be more at peace.

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