How to Keep Your Home Clean and Tidy When You Live a Busy Life

If your mood is affected by waking up to a messy kitchen or coming home after a long day’s work to find things out of place, you are not alone.
The eternal struggle of keeping a home clean has been made harder over the years by the simple fact that our lives are so much busier. Even during the pandemic, when many are at home, they feel that time get’s away from them. The reality is that with this being the case, knowing we don’t have much time can be the main reason that we put things off, which leads to more mess.

But although we can’t change this, is there anything you can do to keep your home as you would like it? The answer is yes!

Keep Your Home Clean When You Live a Busy Life
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Keep reading to find our tips that are sure to keep your home clean and tidy.

Take the Pressure off Keeping Your Home Clean

If you find yourself constantly walking around with a ball in your stomach just thinking about your home, it is important to recognise that you have to accept the reality of things.

You are a busy person!

On top of work and family commitments, things happen unexpectedly. So it is to be expected that at times you won’t be able to get round to everything you had planned. Indeed, those always seem to be just when unexpected guests decide to come around, but that’s ok!

One of the best ways to come to terms with what you can do is to take note of your time and make a cleaning priority list. If you know you have done all the possible things in the time you had, learn to be content with that.

That being said, we do have some great techniques that you can apply in a practical sense in the precious time that you have.

Less Stuff Means Less to Clean

This is a simple fact. If your time is short, the first thing we would advise you to do is reduce your clutter. A lot of space and time can be consumed by things that, if they simply were not there, you wouldn’t have to worry about.

So take stock of your possessions, trinkets, etc., and one by one, ask yourself, “Do I really need this?”

We would suggest giving yourself some time on the weekend and work at it room by room. It is an investment of time in the beginning, but it will save you loads in the future. Sort things out into sell, donate, and throw away categories, and don’t be sentimental. A simple way to sort things out is by asking 2 simple questions: “Have I used this in the last year?” and “Would I buy this again?”

If the answer is no, get rid!

Decluttering is also proven to help our mental state, so don’t delay and do it as soon as you can.

Little Often Is Better Than a Lot but Hardly Ever

One of the biggest reasons we can be off-put from doing housework is because we have it on our minds that we will dedicate a whole day of the weekend or an evening after work to big tasks. But this leads us to think that keeping your home clean = hours of work. But this doesn’t need to be the case.

Try to do a speed clean of 10-15 minutes twice a day, once in the morning and once again in the evening and you will be surprised how much you can get done in keeping your home tidy. Using this time to clear worktops, have a quick sweep or wipe down of surfaces every day will make all the difference.

Another habit of getting into is to clean as you go along, especially in the kitchen. Washing plates or pots and pans when you have just finished may take time to get used to, but once you have the routine, you will realise that it takes no time at all.

Have a Place for Everything……and Put Them There

If you have ever found yourself running late because you have misplaced your keys or something else you were meant to leave with it, we have to hit you with a hard truth, that you probably already know.

If you always put things where they should be, you will always know where they are.

As busy people saving time should be a priority, so drawing a link between orderliness and your time will motivate you to keep your home clean and tidy.

This can be done by the simple rule of trying never to leave a room empty-handed. But don’t pick up a glass in your living room just to leave it on the kitchen countertop. Only pick up the things that you have the time to put away in their place.

If you have a bigger house and moving things from room to room can be a chore, a good suggestion is to have a clutter basket in each room. That way, if you have time to clear away the kid’s toys or things that belong to other rooms but don’t have time to put them in their place, you can put them there, and when you have more time, you can just pick up the basket and put them where they need to be.

Make Cleaning Fun

Sleeping and relaxing with friends when we get a chance to take time. The likelihood is that as we may enjoy doing these things, it doesn’t seem to be something that you see as infringing on your time in the same way that cleaning does.

Now we recognise only a small percentage of the population love cleaning, but there are small ways in which we can take away the grey cloud from you when you get round to it.

If you have kids, get them to buy into the idea that they are part of the process by making them put their things away. Also, give them age-appropriate tasks like dusting or sweeping, and you may be surprised by how much especially young children love to get involved. Play music loudly when it is time to clean, and the whole family can have a mini disco at the same time!

And what about you? Putting on a podcast, listening to music, or an audiobook can help you to enjoy keeping your home clean.

Keeping Your Home Clean Can Be Light Work

Even if you feel that you are snowed under, by having good habits, you can maintain your home clean and tidy.

Try to apply even one of the suggestions, and you will notice the difference right away!

The time when a clean home means the most, however, is when you leave at the end of the tenancy as it can stand between you and your security deposit. In that case, it is best to leave it to the professionals. Look no further than SYK Cleaning and get in contact with us today to get a quote!

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