According to a recent study in the Daily Mail, the traditional spring clean is dead and buried. The study of 2,000 Brits found that less than half of adults now do a ‘spring clean’ each year. Instead of doing the once a year blitz on our homes, we are now more likely to adopt a ‘Clean As You Go’ approach. So how do you find the time to clean when you have such a busy lifestyle? Below are some tips to help fit in cleaning your home around a busy life:
Get an extra pair of hands
Wherever you can, ask everyone else who lives in the house to get involved. Whether it’s vacuuming, cleaning the windows, sorting through clutter or cutting the grass, delegate the cleaning jobs to different family members to get the cleaning done quicker! Alternatively, you could choose to hire a professional cleaning service like Molly Maid.
Clean up after yourself
The most effective way to keep your house clean is to get into the habit of clearing up after you have finished using things and clean as you go. Rather than let the dishes pile up, do them straight after dinner, sweep up after you’ve prepared lunch and make sure you tackle any nasty stains as soon as you notice them. This will ultimately save you time in the long run.
According to The Express, the average Briton has £400 worth of junk lying around the house. One of the first things you need to do is make sure your home is free of clutter and unused items. Setting a day at the weekend aside to do this will make life easier in the week when it comes to your cleaning routine. An easy way to de-clutter your home is to donate old toys and clothes you no longer want to charity and put those items you still need into storage so they are out of the way.
Work in 15-Minute chunks
With a busy lifestyle, it can be unrealistic to set aside a whole day or afternoon for cleaning. Break down the chores into 15-minute blocks and try to fit them in at the start or the end of your day. For example, keep on top of the kitchen in the morning before you head off to work and clean the bathroom before you go to bed at night.
A chore a day
Set up a schedule of cleaning tasks and assign them for specific days of the week. For example, Monday is mopping the floors, Tuesday is washing the clothes, Wednesday is windows, etc. Alternatively, pick a room a day and stick to it. This way, you can split the tasks up and it won’t get too overwhelming.
Learn to prioritise
It is important that you prioritise what needs to be done now and what can wait until later. Sometimes the laundry can wait and those dirty dishes need to take priority.