For many busy families, keeping a home clean feels as unattainable a goal as walking on Mars. Kids are brutally messy: from their perpetually muddying garments to the way they throw everything they ever touch on the floor. It’s tough keeping them on-side too. But your home needn’t descend into squalor just because you have a busy life. Here are some ideas for getting back your domestic bliss, one room at a time.
At the end of every meal, make it a policy to do the dishes. If you have to, hang a rota for designated washers and dryers, and establish a family routine. You can make cleaning and tidying pots easier with dishwashers, as long as you empty them at the end of every cycle, and have a rule that every dish is rinsed and racked, not left on the side. Be sure to read up on the things you can put in the dishwasher, you might be surprised to learn that the baby’s high chair tray can go in, along with any forsaken plastic toys found under the dining table.
The living room
You can prevent carpets and rugs from getting destroyed by controlling the amount of dirt that can be trailed through from outside: operate a strict no-shoe policy. As for the sofas, if you have rambunctious little ones or pets, use throw covers during the day to minimise fabric damage over time. Forget dusting: save time by hoovering everything. With the right attachment you can bust allergens from upholstery, curtains and bookcases.
Keeping the family bathroom clean is a constant job, so instead of trying to find time to give it a thorough blitz once per week, adopt a clean-as-you-go policy. Leave a sponge in the bathroom cabinet and wipe over the sink and any surfaces while you’re cleaning your teeth. Store some antibacterial wipes by the toilet to swipe over the handle and rim before you use it. You’ll soon see how easy it can be to maintain a germ-free WC.
If the kids’ bedrooms have become biohazards, it’s time to set a good example and give them a bedroom cleaning checklist. Expecting them to attain spotlessness is a little unrealistic, but they should at least be shown how to make their beds and hang up their clothes once in a while.
A clean home is a haven everyone can look forward to at the end of a tough day, so instil some house-pride in your kids, remember not to put off the little tasks which can become monstrous, and you’ll soon see an improvement.
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