A cleaning schedule is helpful for anyone trying to keep their home in order, but there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Different groups of people, like students, busy moms, and career couples all have different things that will work for them. If you belong in the category of busy moms, here are five tips that can help you clean and maintain your home this fall.
Conquer What You Can and Outsource The Rest
There will probably always be something that needs to be cleaned and spruced up, but this does not mean that you have to break your back doing chores. Take the time to come up with a list that covers the necessities, and then divide them into chunks that you can conquer comfortably. Set reasonable goals and leave time for other activities like helping your children with their homework. A report done by Statista in 2019 states that 24.15% of facility managers who were surveyed said that they outsource cleaning services. This is reason enough to show you that you can ask for help whenever possible. It will yield faster results as it is done by a professional, and also leave you with that much-coveted free time to take a small break.
Prioritize Your Tasks
With no doubt, some tasks can wait while others cannot. Things like scrubbing the floors and dusting furniture are important, but they cannot take precedence over meal preparation. Once you know everything that needs to be done, you can rewrite your list in order of the tasks from the most important ones to those that can wait. Start with the important ones and you will be relaxed even if you don’t clear everything on your list because the more crucial things are out of the way.
Don’t Hesitate to Seek Help
Some areas of maintenance call for special equipment and a bit of training, and for these tasks, calling in professionals is the best thing you can do for yourself. One such thing is maintaining the septic tank if your home has one, as it needs to be cleaned once every three to five years. Arrange for this to be done early enough so that the seasons don’t change and leave you high and dry, unable to do anything thanks to harsh weather.
Declutter and Donate
Clutter has the ability to make any space uncomfortable and difficult to organize well. To avoid finding yourself in this situation, declutter your house, going room by room to find unused items. These can be anything from clothes and shoes, to furniture and even appliances that you no longer need. Give these items away to a facility or institution of your choice, and you will make a difference in someone’s life. If you can arrange to have a garage sale, this would be a great way to get some extra cash which you can use to pay for help performing maintenance, a great trade-off for sure!
Your kitchen and bathroom are two crucial spaces to maintain. They need ample time set aside to make sure they are thoroughly cleaned and in good form. With Americans spending an average of $13,000 on home projects this year alone, an increase of 50% from 2019 according to a report by HomeAdvisor, the home improvement store, it’s clear to see that home projects are becoming more common. If you have one planned, make sure it starts on a good foundation by keeping the areas in question clean and well-maintained. Who knows, a good scrub or your countertop and backsplash may breathe new life into it, enabling you to go for a longer time without replacing it.
As mentioned above, there’s no single good approach to keeping the house well-maintained. The best thing you can do is to try out the five tips outlined above, and more that you find, and come up with a system that works perfectly for you every season.