As a mother, it’s often hard to make time for cleaning and keeping your house neat and tidy – it often doesn’t come up very high on your list of priorities, and it isn’t much fun either! Here are some tips on how to make the most of your house…
Remember: Little And Often
The key to having a successfully clean house is to clean little and often. You’ll feel miserable and annoyed if you have to spend huge amounts of time at the weekend cleaning – instead, try to do ten minutes every night when you get home from work. You should also make sure that all the members of your household are pulling their weight. Your kids’ rooms should be primarily their own responsibility – you should allow them to leave a little clutter around in there so long as it doesn’t get dirty. Life’s too short to run around after them – focus on the areas that your whole family uses.
Declutter Your Home
If you feel there’s too much clutter around in your home, it’s time to listen to cleaning guru Marie Kondo and get decluttering. If you have possessions that aren’t useful and that don’t give you a sense of joy, it’s time to get rid of them. If your kids see you doing this, you’ll be setting a great example to them – you don’t want them to turn out to be packrats who keep everything they’ve ever owned!
Improve Your Water Quality
If you live in a city, then you might just live in a hard water area. This is what happens when there’s a lot of calcium carbonate in the water through deposits of chalk and limestone; it means that soap reacts badly with the water and creates an oily sheen instead of real bubbles, and deposits can build up in your pipes and appliances which can lead to problems. Installing a water softener will alleviate these issues and lead to much more pleasant showers for you!
Make Adults Only Spaces
It’s important to make sure that you have your own space in your home where the kids’ clutter – because there will be clutter no matter how much you listen to Marie Kondo – won’t reach you. Whether it’s a den where you and your partner can chill out with some TV and video games, your workroom where you blog or write a novel, or your en suite bathroom where you keep all your high end luxury beauty and skincare products, it’s important for you to have your own space in your home where you can relax and de-stress.
Hire A Cleaner
No one’s saying that you have to splash out hundreds of pounds to have a cleaner come in every other day. But a lot of mothers who are working full time feel a little resentful of some of their precious free time being used to clean their house – so why not hire a cleaner instead? It doesn’t have to be every week, or even every fortnight. Rather, every now and then they could come in to deep clean rooms like your bathroom or kitchen, or to give your house a spring clean – and to give you a much-needed break.