In this day and age it’s hard to keep on top of everything in your busy life. Chances are, you’re balancing a job, kids, a relationship, your family, your friends… and the state of your house is often a lot further down the list than any of those things! It’s easy to close your eyes and try to ignore what needs to be done in your home around you, but the truth is that after a while it’ll start to look a little shabby and you’ll start to feel embarrassed. Luckily, there are things you can do to help yourself…
Start With A Deep Clean
First of all, if your house is in a bad state then the best way to solve that is with a deep clean. Go over your home with a fine toothcomb and make it as spic and span as you possibly can. Obviously if you’re busy, this is a lot easier said than done – but this is what cleaning companies are for. Make sure that you’re extremely clear about your requirements and what you want from them, and let the professionals get down to work. Make sure that you launder your couch covers, that you go for carpet cleaning for any rugs in your home, and that your kitchen and bathroom are particularly carefully cleaned. If you want to declutter your home, try Marie Kondo’s techniques and get rid of the possessions that don’t spark joy in you.
Form New Habits
Once your house is clean, it’s time to keep it that way. The best way to do that is by cleaning little and often. It’s unrealistic to force yourself to spend half your weekend cleaning your home. Instead, try and spend half an hour every night keeping on top of household chores. One night you could change bedsheets, the next you could clean your kitchen, and so on. Making sure that you’re up to date on the cleaning in your house whenever possible will ensure that it doesn’t all build up and come to a head in a whole hellish day of cleaning. Try to make it as positive for yourself as you can by playing some of your favourite music and treating yourself afterwards to a glass of wine and a few squares of chocolate. You should also try to avoid clutter as much as you can by keeping baskets in each room that you drop clutter into before sorting them out at the end of the week.
Involve Your Family
Of course, there’s absolutely no way that you should be the only person who’s responsible for keeping your home clean and tidy. If your partner doesn’t get involved then it’s time for a short sharp conversation with him – and it’s time to make some cleaning rotas so your kids start doing jobs too. You can give them treats and rewards to incentivise them and to show them that hard work definitely has rewards in the real world. Make sure that everyone keeps to the rota – and keep to your sections as well so you aren’t a hypocrite!