Stuck in the house and fed up with tidying up, cleaning and cooking? We know how you feel! Whilst the world around us currently feels like a strange place, this is now the perfect time to take control of our own situations and stay on top of everything. Whether that be completing a piece of work, spending time with your children or keeping the house clean, we all find a sense of accomplishment from different things.
Today’s blog focuses on keeping the house tidy. We have created a list of our very own best tips – we hope you find them useful!
Set Aside a Day Each Week
The best thing you can do for yourself is to keep a set routine every week. Not only does this provide an element of normality, but it also ensures you will get it done. If setting out a full day doesn’t work for you, perhaps consider choosing a period of time each day. Spreading your chores across the week may be a better option if you are homeschooling children, still working or have any other commitments that leave you without much spare time.
Clean Surfaces As You Go
A big clean every week is common in most households, however, it is strongly recommended to clean certain parts of your house as you go along. For example, cleaning up spillage as soon as they happen can save so much time in the long run, and you won’t have to worry about staining or sticky floors!
Sort out the Washing ASAP
One thing I’ve always noticed to clutter up is the washing and ironing. Keep on top of this and put on a load wherever possible, and maybe consider ironing the garments as soon as they are dry. The weather has been pretty good recently so it is the perfect time to put the washing out on the line. Once the washing is clean, dried and ironed, get it put away straight away, so you don’t have to worry about it.
Get the Kids Involved
Save yourself some time and get the kids to help you out! Start with getting them to tidy their own rooms and putting things away – this will make all the difference. Set clear boundaries and hopefully, the tidying will follow suit! For younger children, you could even offer rewards in return for their good behaviour. This will encourage them to continue with these behaviours, and they may even want to give you a hand with other chores!
Have a Clear Out
Now is the perfect time to have a clear out and get rid of anything you don’t need. Approach this room by room and then separate the items into boxes of stuff you want to get rid of, stuff you want to donate to charity and then anything you wish to keep but don’t want to keep within the house. Clearing the room’s out will provide you with more space and also give you less clearing up to do in the future.
Consider Storage (When This is All Over!)
Although storage is unlikely to be in your thoughts right now, as many warehouses will be closed, it is definitely worth considering domestic storage if you have a lot of clutter in your home, but still wish to keep most of the belongings.
Take a Breather
Keeping the house tidy is seen as an essential task, but don’t let it bog you down! Don’t stress – it doesn’t have to be done every single day, but this does help you keep on top of it over the week. Find time in your day to relax and spend time with your family. Lockdown doesn’t have to be boring – take the time to appreciate the things in life that you wouldn’t normally.
If you have any further tips that could help others, please do let us know!
Natalie is the content writer at Hilderbrands. She enjoys giving people tips and other types of advice when it comes to moving home.