Cleaning: It’s a Dirty Word
Cleaning can be fun. Hooray!
OK, no it can’t – it’s boring. It’s the opposite of rad and frankly, it’s downright blah.
Do you find it overwhelms you? That you put it off for a few days or a week and then look around your house and feel swamped by the mess. Are you ever so busy with life that your house gets ignored. Then one day you realise you’re squinting at your bathroom mirror to find a gap in the smeary mirror or you can write your name in the dust on your TV cabinet or you have so much washing you are forced to wear your bikini bottoms because you have no knickers! Or is that just my house? How embarrassing!
Here’e a few tips to keep your cleaning under control:
- Recently, I worked out it was easier if I set myself a daily task. If I break the cleaning up over the week, it’s not so tedious. It also means that when we do our weekly or fortnightly house tidy there isn’t really much to do. I’m not the best at keeping to it, but I try to do at least one thing a day – wash the bathroom floor, dust the lounge room, tidy our room, vacuum the office or clean the sheets. One thing a day doesn’t take a long, ten things in one day does!
- Put the washing machine on every morning, if you need to. Don’t let it pile up. Same goes for dry washing. Put it away as soon as it dries. If this bores you, like it does me, then get a big basket to put all the clean clothes in and then dedicate some time each week to sort it out all at once. I put my favourite music on, close the door, escape the kids and sing. I actually look forward to it now. Sad, but true!
- Draw up a chore chart for everyone in the house. If you spread the work out among you it’s not as bad. Of course, you also have to relax your ideas of how certain jobs are done and let people do them their own way. There’s no use delegating tasks if you’re then going to use all your energy nagging everyone. I haven’t quite mastered that last point yet.
- If you can afford it, then get a cleaner in once a fortnight to help with the big jobs and take some of the stress out of the daily routine. Think of things that need extra attention like cleaning your oven or shower screen and ask them to do those tasks.
- Relax your cleaning expectations. Sometimes when you’re under the pump you just need to think: “Is it really that important that my house is sparkling clean?”. Do what makes you comfortable and then spend your extra time doing something that you love like looking at the Men Who Make Us Swoon gallery!
Do you find it hard to keep up with the cleaning at your house? Do you sometimes wonder how its gets so darn dirty?
Do you have any good cleaning tips to take away some of the daily grind?
Have a fab day,
Main Photo: Baileys Home and Garden