I don’t know about you, but I HATE cleaning! Anytime there is the slightest chance that I could do LESS of it, I am all over it!
So, I’ve been doing a little research on the topic and I’ve discovered not one, but SEVEN different ways you can keep your house cleaner by actually doing LESS HOUSEWORK – that’s brilliant!
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Ditch the shoes!
Wearing your shoes from the outside world into your house is a prime source of extra dirt. It’s up to you how you want to do it – keep a basket of slippers by the front door, or just barefoot it, but not bringing your street shoes into the house will cut down considerably on vacuuming and sweeping. I like this bench – it has storage underneath for your shoes.
Confine the Food!
If you can set up a strategy to keep all food and drink in the kitchen, you will have solved a lot of your cleaning problems.
I have to say, I don’t get this whole “grazing” thing these days. When I was growing up, if we wanted a snack or a drink, we went to the kitchen, sat down at the table and then we were done. And it was maybe a once-a-day thing. With my friends’ kids, it seems like I never see them without a juice box, or a package of crackers or cookies and they wander all over the house with them. Is that a “thing” now?
I’m all for making sure kids get plenty to eat, but no wonder they aren’t hungry enough to eat a reasonable dinner. And it makes for a lot of mess – crumbs everywhere, juices and things spilled all over, plates and cups left around. Just think of how much cleaning you could save if you train your family to confine their crumbs and mess to just one spot in the house! Try it for a month and see what a difference it makes.
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.
BRILLIANT IDEA – Why not appoint a “room captain” for each room to scan and tidy it up on a daily basis? I would totally do this TODAY!
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!!!
As much as we love our furry friends, they are a huge source of mess.
Boy, is this one an issue for me! I have one white, long-haired very fluffy cat, another short-haired cat, AND a St Bernard.
I can lint brush like crazy, but some days I feel like a float in the pet hair parade! I’m constantly amazed that they both aren’t completely BALD they shed so much hair. Now, I’m not saying you should get rid of Fluffy or Fido. I’m just saying you want to minimize the mess. Regular grooming with something like this grooming glove and an excellent diet can help a lot with the shedding.
Keeping a towel or a long mat like this one, by the back door can help a lot with muddy paw prints.
And birds – just don’t. I have a pair of teeny little finches and while they’re darn cute, they are a ridiculous mess. Their idea of eating seems to be to stick their little beaks in the food bowl and flip out as much seed as they possibly can.I've discovered not one, but SEVEN different easy ways you can keep your house cleaner. Doing LESS housework - sounds like a win-win to me!
OK, so there you have it. If you are able to use even three of these strategies, it will create a noticeable difference. Or if you could implement five of them, you would be a rockstar in the clean house department. But if you could did ALL of them, I’ll bet you could eliminate 50% or more of your housework. Give it a shot for a week or two and come back and let me know if these tips help you.
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