Delegate, delegate, delegate.
Remember, I said this was to help YOU do less housework, it doesn’t mean that the other people in the house can’t pitch in and help with the cleaning. We’re not in the fifties anymore – it’s all hands on deck these days, and I think that’s the way it should be. Boys and girls and Dads too, everyone should be able to manage some basic cleaning. If Mama ain’t happy, no one is going to be happy!
I’m always surprised at how MUCH other Moms do vs. how little their family members do. We’re a little more democratic around in our house because I know how to delegate and I do it – frequently.
Have a family meeting and brainstorm ways to streamline the work and keep the house nice. Create some daily maintenance routines (Flylady has some great ideas for them). Get creative. Why not appoint a “room captain” for each room to scan and tidy it up on a daily basis?
Get a Water Softener
This tip will help with all the tubs, showers, and toilet cleaning as well as your laundry. Hard water causes calcium build-up which makes things harder to clean and you are cleaning them more frequently. Plus it will make your clothes feel softer and last longer. Here’s an alternative water softener method I’ve found that is a fraction of the cost of a traditional water softener.
Simplify your Decor.
Getting rid of clutter will make your home not only look cleaner, it will take you less time spent cleaning it and more fun time – win-win!
Think about it – if you have 5 things on a shelf instead of 10 things, it will take you less time to dust it. If you have a mostly open floor plan with less furniture, you can sweep, mop, or vacuum it much faster. And consider getting rid of dried flower arrangements, pot pourri, excessive candles, etc. They all are dust magnets. And kind of 80’s besides. Modern design tends to be more streamlined and sleek anyway.
Block the Dust.
Speaking of dust, less dust is a VERY good thing. You may want to invest in an air purifier
It will not only help your family to breathe better, it will also suck lots of dust right out of the air. That is dust that you would normally have needed to sweep, mop or dust away. Winner!!!
My last tip may be the most important one. I have SEVERAL tips to deal with the mess from our little furry friends!