It’s that crazy time of the year – Christmas week!!! We’re all trying to pull everything together, make sure we haven’t forgotten any food items, or gifts, or events, or anything that could have possibly slipped our minds. And in the midst of the scurry, can I just ask you: is your house clean right now?
My crazy time of the year has passed already, and as soon as it was over with, I got my house back in order. And then, I resumed my regular cleaning schedule. (If you want to see how I do it, CLICK HERE!)
Regardless of HOW we do it, I think we can all agree that there are times the housework gets out of control. And lots of times that can definitely happen around the holidays. So when blogger Sofia Lewis sent me this article, “Managing the Housework in 4 Steps”, I thought we ALL could benefit from it! So let’s check it out…
Make a plan.
When you are in a position where you are in charge of the housework, it is a good idea to have your wits about you in terms of how you are going to get it all sorted without impacting on the rest of your life. You will find that one of the only ways to do this is to ensure that you are well sorted in having the tools of the trade ready and waiting for whenever you need to clean effectively and flawlessly at home, as well as ensuring that you are not likely to end up getting stuck cleaning for hours when you could simply be doing a few minutes work. This means having the right technique down, and having a plan for how you approach the cleaning set in place, so that you don’t have to mess about with working it all out each time.
Step one – Prepare your tools.
So, step one. Have a look over your cleaning tools and equipment. Is there a way in which these things could help make the cleaning cheaper, faster or less effort? Many people put up with broken or useless cleaning tools like a cracked dustpan or a vacuum cleaner that won’t do the job that it could do, and this simply means that they are wasting time in the long run. Make sure that everything is serviced, working and ready to go from the outset, and you should not have any issues with timings. Be sure that the tools are right for the house as well, there is point in having a heavy floor buffer if you have loads of stairs, as it means that you will exert more effort getting it up the stairs, than you would cleaning the floors.
Step two – Figure out how to do it!
Step two involves looking at the rooms and working out the best ways to clean them. You will find that there is a lot to be said for finding order in the different rooms, so that you are always cleaning in a clever way, that prevents you repeating the jobs. You will find that it is extremely useful to get these things in place early, so that you are never at risk of wasting time by trying to remember the best way to do it. Write the order that you decide on down, learn it, and ensure that you are not at risk of getting it mixed up each time you come to clean that room.
Step three – Divide the process in smaller chunks.
Step three will revolve around making these cleaning processes a regular thing. You can even divide the processes up into extremely small chunks of cleaning, and simply micromanage them to great effect. There are so many different things that you can do to divide and conquer the cleaning, that it is easy to get it all done well, simply think about when you have time in the day that you can get these things done and you should find your cleaning hours. Splitting the jobs up will make it a lot less stressful in general as well.
Make it work!
When you have the combination of the three steps, you need to spend a lot of effort getting them in play and working well. You will find that the beginning of this process is tough going, as it requires a lot of effort form you, in terms of the work involved in getting your cleaning stuff together and working well, sorting the orders out, and ensuring that you do get the cleaning done whenever you have a spare minute, as otherwise the whole thing will have been a waste of time.
So what do you think? Do you have a PLAN when it comes to cleaning your house? What about your tools? Do you have the right ones?
Thanks for getting us thinking, Sofia!