Everybody works differently, so there’s no universal trick to make housework a breeze. There are, however, three different methods that you can apply to your housework routine to make it more manageable for your cleaning style, your schedule, and your family.
The biggest way that housework gets out of hand is if you don’t know what you need to do to get it under control. When your house is a disaster it can be easy to do nothing instead of trying to prioritize vacuuming, laundry, and dishes. To combat this, you need to come up with a system. Make a list of all the tasks required to keep your house clean and assign one task to each day (or each member of your household if you want to offload some work). Make sure to keep up with each task each week and your hours long weekend cleanup can take up as little time as 10-15 minutes a day.
Sometimes even the most sophisticated system just takes too much time. Take a look at your trickiest household tasks and think of how they can be sped up to be more manageable. Have a lot of carpets? Look into a Roomba or other robot vacuum to take your day of vacuuming down to the press of a button. Do you do a lot of laundry? Buy a laundry basket for lights, darks, sheets, and towels so you can skip the sorting. Any shortcut that you can come up with to reduce the time it takes to complete a task can help you simplify your weekly routine.
Spread. It. Out.
It can be tempting to save all of your housework for a Saturday marathon cleaning session but you work hard all week, you deserve a weekend as much as anybody else. Instead of batch cleaning your entire home, give yourself 15 minutes a night to do a clean sweep of your house, then enjoy your weekend - chore free.
These are just three ways that you can try to simplify your housework routine. What are some tips and tricks that you use?