7 Ways To Keep On Top Of Housework When You Are Busy

Being someone with a very busy, full-time schedule can make it very difficult to take part in the everyday mundane tasks. And by this, I mean tackling the dreaded housework.

After being out of the house from early morning to late hours of the evening, the last thing you want to do, is come home to a house full of chores. And shockingly enough, even if you aren’t at home, instead getting a facial at a spa, your house will still get dirty! 

For those that have families thrown into the mix too, you probably have a very crazy life, and cleaning is certainly the least of your worries. 

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So, to avoid the stresses of coming back to a house that is not inviting, but dull and cluttered, I am going to tell you the best ways to keep on top of housework throughout the week. This way not only will your house be as fresh as a daisy, but you will have the weekend free to do whatever you wish- bonus. 

Complete One Task A-day

Leaving the house for the entire week untouched will only leave a mess by the end of it. Leading to the entire weekend being taken from cleaning each and every room in the house, top to bottom, and before you know it, it’s 7 pm on Sunday night, work starts again tomorrow. 

So, make a schedule and keep to it. Think about it day by day. Monday is, of course, the worst day of the week, so give yourself an easy task for that evening, maybe, quickly spraying over the bathroom or emptying the dishwasher, nothing major.

Tuesday, time to get a wiggle on. Take on the bedrooms, hallways or dining room, and decide to clean one from top to bottom. Polishing, hoovering and remaking. Continue this throughout the week, allocating a room to a day until you reach Friday. Then, when it comes round to Saturday, you may only have to fluff up the pillows and make the beds, with your whole weekend left ahead!

Don’t Leave Things For ‘Later On’

It may be a habit after getting ready in the morning, to leave all of your cluttered pieces scattered across the home to be tidied up later on. 

From a pair of hair straighteners to the cereal bowls and bottles of milk, put things away as you go, to save time when you get back after work. Not to mention, leaving items scattered about the place will only make the home look far worse than it potentially is, only leading to stress being caused, and a feeling of discomfort given until it is clean.

So, likewise with making lunch the night before to have an extra 5 minutes in bed, think ahead to the end of the day, and tidy your used items away as you go, to save any problems later that evening. 

Moral of the story – Clean up after yourself!

Always Stock Up On Supplies

The easiest way to be able to clean more often is to have access to any needed cleaning supply at all times. If you get a spurt of motivation one night and want to clean both the living room, kitchen and bathroom, only to find you do not have any floor or tabletop cleaner, the chances of you going to the shop are slim, leading to these tasks just being thrown to the side instead.

So, if you do a weekly shop, make sure that a couple of supplies are bought with each trip, and inventory checks are made regularly to ensure everything is at least more than half-full. This way, there can be no excuse as to why the house is not clean and smelling amazing all the time, as you will have the tools at hand to do so. For example, keep a stash of Cif Wipes in each room cabinet, to give the surfaces a quick wipe over, and simply throw the remnants into the bin. It’s as simple as that. 

Throw The Unneeded Items

The collection of ornaments and plant pots don’t add drama to your living room, oh no. Instead, they are dust collectors! Don’t forget the more items stashed around the home, the more you have to clean around them, and no one wants that.

All these types of items do is add to your cleaning time. Each one not only needs to be moved to clean the surface below, but they need to be wiped over and spruced up themselves. So, keep the decor in the home slightly minimalistic.

By having face surfaces that are mess-free will help make the process of cleaning far easier, with window ledges and shelves being a one wipe, and they’re clean viola! As well as this, especially if you have a family with young ones, there is a lot less chance of anything getting broken, lost or smashed, which will ultimately just lead to more cleaning. By going through unwanted items, you may just find old furniture or ornaments that you could sell for extra money, helping to clear your home at the same time. 

Don’t Take On All The Tasks, Enlist Help

For those who live alone, this may not be an option for you. But, for those who have a significant other and a set on obedient children, get them in order and allocate a simple task to each. 

This may be far easier said than done, with a whirlwind of sighs and moans likely coming your way very soon. But, why not try anyway. Likewise, with the idea suggested earlier of scheduling a room per day, why not make one for the children too.

Each day should contain a task such as filling the dishwasher, tidying the living room, and each making their beds every morning. They aren’t the most challenging tasks, but they will shave off the time it takes when cleaning the rest of the home. And this way, you will all be able to snuggle on the sofa together at the end of each day, to a film and collection on snacks- but make sure to put the wrappers in the bin!

Add Some Fun

Cleaning doesn’t need to be all that boring, even though it’s a task absolutely no one wants to take on. So, why not throw a little fun or competition into it.

The smallest of challenges from seeing how many tasks you and the children can complete before the song ends, or each having 15 minutes and whoever’s room is the cleanest get a bar of chocolate at the end! 

This way, cleaning may not seem all that bad. Just make sure the tasks are actually getting done though, as the intense excitement can take over, and the jobs may get thrown to the side for the laughter instead. 

Clean In Any Spare Time

Waiting for the kids to get their shoes on? Why not quickly tidy up the living room and clean up the sofa? Husband taking a little too long in the bathroom? Why not go round and clean all the window ledges? 

By finding pockets of time to micro-clean between waiting for everyone to be ready, or between activities, will make the home quickly become cleaner and will make the real tasks of vacuuming and polishing a little easier. 

And this way, no time is wasted, only taken advantage of, leaving more free time to do any personal errands or enjoy a nice meal over the weekend. 

Summary

So, for those who have jobs that take over, or more tasks to take on during the day then they can manage, the weekly home clean will soon take a toll and be thrown to the side for the more important challenges that need to be tackled.

From picking the kids up from school to having endless phone calls at the office, there just may not be enough time in the day to be able to have a spotless home. 

This is why these tips are the best you can follow. From micro-cleaning to decluttering and delegating simple tasks out to the children, each will aid in creating a welcoming and pristine home by the end of the week, leaving the weekend to family, personal time, or even date night!

Not to mention coming home from a long and stressful day at work to a calm, clean sanctuary will make you feel fully relaxed and rejuvenated, with time for a bubble bath or facial, preparing for the next day ahead in the best way possible. 

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