Do you find that you are spending more and more time on your housework each week and feel as though that’s all you ever do, yet nothing gets done? I’m with you on that, it never seems to end at my place!!.
There are loads of people (mostly moms!!) who are not able to dedicate as much time to themselves or doing the things they enjoy because they are just so busy with cleaning and tidying their home.
As silly as it sounds, it can literally start to take over your life. When the twins were born I decided that I needed time for myself. I needed a break!! I told my husband at the time I was not working and he looked at me with 3 eyes, “who is going to stay with the babies he says”
Might you this man has been taking care of them but he was truly scared about being home alone with a set of twins 3 months old and a 6 years old.
But I was going crazy!
I was home cleaning, cooking and watching the babies but no time for me.
You don’t always have to end up bogged down with an endless list of chores, though. There are ways you can cut down all the time you usually spend on cleaning. Here are a few tips that will hopefully help you do that.
Buy More Effective Cleaning Products
If you find that it takes you forever to clean areas like your kitchen and bathroom, then the problem could be with the products that you are using.
Did you pick up the cheapest cleaners when you were in the supermarket? That will be better for your bank balance, but it won’t help you save time.
I’ve learned through my cleaning and organizing years that it’s better to spend a little more on the products and clean faster than buying a cheaper version and wasting more time.
I’m all for being frugal let me clear and that’s why I use coupons to help me get the best deals. Many times the brand comes out cheaper than the non-brand with the coupons.
Isn’t that amazing? It’s always best to invest your money into good quality cleaners that are effective enough to clean your bath, sinks, and other places.
If you look for cleaning products online you should be able to save some money compared to buying them in-store. Once you do, you’ll find that you don’t need to use so much elbow grease!
Create Less Laundry
Did you know that it is possible to cut down on the amount of laundry that needs doing each week? Yes, this is even possible if you have a large family! You just need to make sure that you are only cleaning clothes that are dirty.
If your kids are anything like mine, they change their clothes every two hours and throw everything in the wash. I’ve put a stop to it now because it was just getting out of control.
For instance, jeans don’t need washing after every wear nor do pajamas. In fact, you can get away with washing the kid’s school uniforms after a few wears.
To be honest, the only items of clothing that need washing after one wear are underwear, socks and workout clothes (unless you haven’t worked out).
Invest In Tech And Gadgets
There are also some handy gadgets that could help reduce the time you spend on your household chores each week as well.
For example, you might want to buy one of the iRobot Roomba vacuum cleaners. These are little robot hoovers that will go around your home vacuuming up the floors as they go.
I don’t have one of these but I would certainly love to. I spend SO much time vacuuming each week!!.
It’s also worth installing a dishwasher into your kitchen so that you then don’t have to spend hours and hours washing all your dirty dishes.
I would be lost without my dishwasher!. My older daughter empties our dishwasher as part of her weekly chores so all I have to do it stack it!?
Write Up A Weekly Schedule
Some people find that writing a weekly schedule allows them to split up their time more efficiently.
Well, by now you know that I am a sucker for this. I make my own planners just because I can’t find one that’s good enough for everything I need. That being said I am very techy (if that is even a word) but I use my planner to P.
It’s worth getting a weekly planner and jotting in some hour-long blocks when you can take care of the chores.
After doing a lot of research into cleaning schedules, routines of effective people and the like, I have found since having a weekly schedule I get so much more done and if something isn’t done, I’m not worrying about it because I know when it is scheduled to be done.
Once you know that you have this designated specific time for housework, you will then try to complete it all at that time.
Personally, I also find that it allows me to switch off and not constantly worry about everything that needs doing.
Try To Keep The House Clean
This one is easier said than done. But I have a little trick. I have baskets around the house (from the dollar store) labeled toys, clothes and upstairs. And also incorporated two 10-minute ‘pick up’ times during the day with the kids.
For 10 minutes they stop what they are doing (fighting, teasing each other, making a mess, making me cry etc) and pick up all their crap off the floor.
We have a big toybox in the front lounge room and everything gets thrown in there. That way if the house is a mess in the afternoon, rather than getting irritable like I usually would, I know that it will get tidied up later in the day.
Declutter Your House
You will be surprised at the stuff you find that has not been used in years. My model is
“If we have not used it in a year then we don’t need it”
Try to clean and throw away stuff you don’t use this will simplify your cleaning routine and make it easier for you. You will see that after you have a minimalist approach your house will be cleaner for longer. Especially because the kids will have just the toys they need.
If you follow these points, you should be able to enjoy a lot more spare time for yourself, enjoy it.