Do you feel like you’re running a million miles a second, the dishes are piling up, the trash still needs to be taken out, and with everything else that is under your responsibility, you wonder how you’re going to get it all done?
I’ve been there before, and from personal experience, these 5 cleaning tips have saved my sanity so many times. I hope they can also be a help to you in your busy life.
5 Cleaning Tips for the Busy Life
1. Plan Ahead
Set reminders on your phone to go off on specific days to do specific chores. For example, you could set a reminder to go off at 7:25 a.m. (5 minutes before you leave for work) every Wednesday to take the trash out.
When your reminder goes off, you’ll see it and be more likely to follow the prompt. You can set the reminder up in your calendar app or as a specific alarm. Pick a day and time that works best for your schedule.
If you don’t want to clutter your phone with cleaning reminders, consider writing down your cleaning schedule on a sheet of paper and posting it in a location where you know you will see it on a daily basis. This way you still remember what day’s you’re doing certain chores and the calendar on your phone is cleared for more important events.
2. Do As You Go
Once your done eating your dinner, wash the plate, utensils, and glassware you just used so you don’t have to worry about doing them later. Have every family member do their own dishes (help the little ones who aren’t able to do their dishes, yet).
In a pinch for time? You might want to consider using disposable dishes. When you know you will be in a room, do something quick to help tidy up. Put away one item, pick up one thing, quickly wipe down the counters, sink, or cabinets. It’s the small things that add up to make the biggest difference.
3. Assign Days
Assign certain days of the week to go with certain rooms in your home. Then focus on those rooms on their assigned day (and don’t stress about the other rooms. Their day will come). If you decide Tuesday is kitchen day, then focus solely on the kitchen. The main rooms in an average home are the living room, kitchen, bedroom(s), bathroom(s), and laundry room.
Take Sunday as a day to rest (you need at least one day, give yourself that permission). To help you in this, make a sign and place it somewhere where you know you’ll see it daily. This way, you know what room you’re working on for that specific day.
4. Small Tidy
If all you can do for the day is wipe down the kitchen table, then great! Take as many small steps, and do as many small things as possible. Be proud of yourself for what you’re able to do and accomplish.
Some days you won’t be as busy and you’ll be able to do more. Don’t compare your yesterday with today, and don’t set yourself up for failure tomorrow. Do and be your very best TODAY, and be content with that.
5. Blitz Day
Take one day a month and blitz the ENTIRE home! Deep clean each room with scrubbing, vacuuming, dusting, dishes and more.
By doing this you set yourself up for success with easy cleaning the rest of the month. You will know what specifically needs to be done in each room. This way, as you go through your week, you’ll know what the smaller things that can be done and should be done.
What cleaning tips do you have for those who are busy or are having a hectic day? Leave a comment and let us know!
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