How to Maintain a Clean Home Even If You Have No Time
A clean home is a happy one, but what do you do when you are unable to keep your house tidy and organized?
There are plenty of reasons why it may be a challenge to maintain that spic and span look for your home.
If you have a family, you may prefer to spend more quality time with your kids. You could also be a single mom with young toddlers running around. Perhaps you are working full time or are too busy running a business. It is also possible that you abhor cleaning.
There is also nothing wrong with wanting to use more of your time for developing your skills or engaging in a hobby or sport rather than scrubbing the toilet and the kitchen.
However, as you do all these things, at the back of your mind, you will be haunted by the images of overflowing laundry baskets, a messy living room, bedroom clutter, and grime accumulating in the kitchen.
Whatever the case may be, there are ways to make cleaning more tolerable and manageable. You can choose to hire professional cleaning services to free up some time for activities and people you need or want to focus on. In fact, this may be your best recourse when your home requires extensive deep cleaning.
However, aside from engaging the pros, you may also want to try these recommended tips.
1. Limit your possessions
“Does this spark joy?” is a question that Marie Kondo often asks in her show. You should, too, whenever you decide to buy or acquire something new.
Owning too many things can become overwhelming. Each item you have and decide to use will need to be put away afterward. These possessions can pile up until you find yourself unable to make space for them or anything new.
Whenever you reach a point where you feel you have too many items cluttering your home, what you can do is to devote time for some spring cleaning.
For items that you never use or are no longer necessary, decide on whether you should donate them to a charity, your neighbor or friend, or throw them away. By taking control of the number of items you own, you will have less stuff to clean and manage at the end of the day. Once you are done decluttering, aim to acquire and make space for only those things which matter and will bring you happiness.
Performing several tasks at the same time is rarely recommended. Some people multi-task to complete more tasks or do them quicker.
However, when you try to do too many tasks at the same time, your attention gets divided. When you’re distracted, you end up doing work at a slower rate. As a result, you end up taking longer than when you have your full attention focused on one task at a time.
Cleaning, however, is one of the few situations where you may want to consider doing something else simultaneously. Why?
Distraction, in this case, is welcome rather than seen as an obstacle. When you are doing something you enjoy, you won’t notice that you are on your way to kicking the dust and grime out of your home.
While dusting the cabinets, for example, you could be calling a relative or friend or listening to music. Put on your headphones or play some tunes on your home stereo. You can even use this time as an opportunity to practice your dancing skills or exercise to shed even more pounds.
Doing something fun on the side can make the task of clearing junk more bearable. But keep in mind that you still need to be aware of what you are trying to accomplish. Otherwise, you might end up breaking vases while cleaning, or burning a hole through your favorite outfit while ironing clothes.
3. Bring in the gang
Simply looking at the pile of cleaning tasks you need to get through can leave you breathless and unable to move. Instead of carrying on the arduous task alone, turn it into a bonding activity with the rest of the household.
Whether you live with a friend, an acquaintance, or your family, you can get them to help out with the chores. Kids can be encouraged to do their chores, such as putting their toys away by using a system involving a combination of positive reinforcement and reward. With your spouse or other adults in the home, you can agree to divide the work equally.
If you live alone or would like some assistance, you can hire a full-time or part-time maid to give you a hand with the cleaning work.
4. Create small tasks
Break up large cleanup jobs into smaller tasks. For instance, instead of making a mental note to clean the bedroom, make a list of specific tasks like dusting the VCDs or changing the bed sheets and pillowcases.
Having a long detailed list of tasks may sound counterintuitive. Won’t the list make the cleaning job seem even more daunting?
On the contrary, having a list gives you a better grasp of what needs to be done. Also, because the list consists of smaller, simpler tasks, completing each task will be quicker and easier. At the end of the day, you will end up ticking more out of your list, thereby giving you a sense of accomplishment.
Happy without the mess
Even if you hate cleaning or feel you absolutely have no time for it, there’s nothing like a clean and tidy home to welcome you after the end of each day.
Truly, a clean home is a happy and healthy home.
Follow these tips, and you are on your way to making the mess at home more manageable and your home more livable.
Mohamed Samad is the Founder & CEO of Matic Services. He started the company in 2016 after a series of small start-ups within the home services sector. Prior to that, Mohamed was Vice President at Greenstone Equity Partners, where he spent 24 months building the UAE business from 2011-2013 with its founder.