Going in to the New Year, it can be easy to dream up lofty goals in the spirit of drive, discipline, and self-improvement. Keeping your home clean may seem like an unachievable goal, where you figure you’ll settle in somewhere between your past level of production and your ideal sense of order. But why settle? Here are some insider tips and tricks to keeping your home clean and organized.
Step 1. Get organized before getting organized
This may sound counterintuitive but it makes sense. If you can plan out which days you’ll do your cleaning and organizing, it will make your action steps much easier to tackle. Break your to-do list up into more manageable categories, like assigning a day for each room. For example, clean the kids’ rooms and bathrooms on Monday, the living space and your bedroom on Wednesday, then the kitchen and dining area on Friday. You could also break it up by tasks, like doing all the vacuuming on one day and the dusting on another. Break chores up in a way that best accommodates your schedule and your family’s needs.
Step 2: Make it fun
Yes, cleaning is a chore but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a positive attitude while doing it! We have memories of helping mom clean the house on Saturday mornings, cranking classic tunes and having fun, yes fun tidying up the home for our family to enjoy.
Step 3: Bring in the reinforcements
Touching on the previous point, don’t hesitate to have children and other family members help you with the cleaning. Teaching children these skills is crucial to their respect for the home and gives them a sense of importance–that they’re contributing productively to the home’s upkeep. This will also affect their adult lives by creating positive habits that will lead to organization within and outside of their future homes.
We hope these tips will help you achieve the organization you desire and show you how attainable it can be. By spreading the workload throughout the week, you’ll find that it is not only easier to keep your home clean, but your home will actually stay clean longer. Let us know your favorite ways of keeping your home clean and how the above steps work for you and your family!