I don’t know about you, but house cleaning does not rank high in my list of fun things to do. It is on my don’t-want-but-have-todo list, and if I knew you better, I would give you the real name of this list… Still it has to be done, and I have realized 2 points that help a lot.
One, it helps if you organize it in smaller items with a specific schedule.
Two, it helps if you work with a clean place to start with. I am not kidding. Starting with a clean place, makes the maintaining that much easier, so I have no shame to tell you that once in a while, and maybe even a little more, I use the services of a local home cleaning service company. They do a great job and get me back on track.
That being said, how can you make your life easier and still get a clean place to live? Make a Schedule. Make a schedule of all the cleaning tasks you have to get done.
Before you do that, take a seat, a pen and paper … and think. Think about what having a clean home means to you. Does it means cleaning the windows every day … or once a year? It does change with individuals, and it will help you have a clear understanding on what you need to do and how often to get to live in a place you can call clean.
Then, list everything you need to do to have this house clean. Would you like a tip to make it simple? Take your pen and paper, and go from room to room. Take a look around and note everything you can think of that does or will need cleaning sometime in the future. Don’t despair if the list gets out of hand. Right now we are still just in thinking mode. Done? Alright!
Your next step is to decide what is important from what is not (Do you really think you need to dust the attic to consider your house clean?) and choose a frequency for what is left in your list. Daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, every other day, whenever. Once you are done, create a schedule, decide of a specific time to do it, update your family calendar, and … if you can, share the responsibilities with everybody in the family.
Last tip for today, from experience. Do not allow yourself any negative emotion about it. It’s just something that has to be done, like shopping for groceries, or driving to work. Oh, and in term of real priority, attending the kids football practice and spending quality time with them is always a no brainer! You can always ask your local house cleaning professional to come back.