I am super excited to be bringing you all the first “guest post” on the blog. With the new year, many of us have been thinking of becoming more organized and maybe even finding a better cleaning routine. Anna Aamone, manager of a small cleaning company in London, has some great tips to getting on a cleaning schedule. Thanks Anna.
Cleaning Routine for Busy Parents
Every busy parent wishes their house was clean and tidy at all times. But organizing and cleaning take time and effort. No matter if you are a stay at home parent or a working one, you can always find a way to keep your home in good order. You just need to create a cleaning schedule and involve everyone. Let’s get it started.
Make a List
The best way to stick to a cleaning routine is to have a list of chores for each room and day. Think about what your household responsibilities are on a daily and weekly basis and include all corresponding chores, such as cleaning the bathroom, doing the laundry, organizing, washing the windows, etc. You need to decide whether the list will be divided between you and your children/spouse and whether it’s going to be a daily chore chart.
If you want to know the truth, it’s best to involve everyone, even your small kids. The sooner they acquire organizing and cleaning skills, the better for you and for everyone else.
Furthermore, make sure to place your checklist in a reachable place. Think about whether it will be written on a piece of paper or on a erase board so you can easily edit the chores. Or do you think it will be better to print out a copy for every family member?
The heart of the home is usually a high traffic area. Here are a few things that need your attention on the daily. The kitchen table needs cleaning and disinfecting after every meal. Dishes should be washed right away after each meal so they don’t pile up in the sink. That way, you will keep pests away. You can sweep the floor every evening to get rid of any crumbs or debris. Schedule weekly vacuuming as necessary.
When should you clean the kitchen? Preferably, after each meal or late in the evening when the children are asleep. Who can clean the kitchen? Dad, mom, children. Now, if your kids are still small, you want to keep an eye on them while they are doing some tasks around the kitchen. For example, when they are clearing the table, don’t let them put away sharp or breakable objects like knives and glasses.
To keep your bathroom spotless between cleanings, make sure to always wipe down your bathtub and shower cabin after taking a shower. Cleaning the bathroom after showering is a lot easier because the steam helps loosen dirt and grime. Besides if you wipe down bathroom surfaces after each use, you will prevent mold from growing, HouseCleaners Chelsea reminds you.
Who can clean the bathroom? – Mom. Now, considering that cleaning the bathroom requires the use of strong cleaners, most of which are toxic, you want your kids to steer clear of it. Besides they can’t scrub the tiles to perfection.
When it comes to daily cleaning, there are a few things to do around your living room. Start by having your children help you to put away their toys and other stuff. If they occasionally have snacks there, sweep the floor. Make sure to replace pillows occasionally. You need to keep your living room tidy in case some friends or neighbors come by unexpectedly. Dust all surfaces twice a week. You can ask your small ones to help you with that.
Have your whole family participate in cleaning the bedrooms. Ask them to store away their clean clothes and to toss all the dirty ones in the laundry basket. Toys should be put back in their designated place, floors should be swept or vacuumed once a week. Make sure to wash bed linens weekly.
Note that we are talking about basic cleaning and tidying that can be done on the daily.
A final tip: clean one room at a time. Take advantage of those sweet moments when your small one is napping to put things in order. Afternoons and evenings are the best times of the day to clean the house.
And that’s how you can keep your home tidy and clean at all times. Keep calm and don’t let things get out of hand.
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