Everyone enjoys a clean house, but fewer people enjoy housework. If you struggle to keep your house clean, try these tips.
Focus on the Benefits of a Clean, Organized House
Have you ever been late because you couldn’t find your keys under the clutter? Does it take 45 minutes to get dressed because you can’t find two matching socks? Keeping things tidy takes work, but that work pays off when you can easily get dressed (with matching socks!) and sail out of the door with all your necessary objects right where they should be.
Break Up Cleaning into Short Sessions
Many people try to clean the house all at once, in a several-hour session on the weekend. However, four straight hours of cleaning is rarely fun. Instead, try a daily 10-15-minute cleaning session. You could try freshening up one room per day or tackle one type of task per day (laundry one day, vacuuming the next).
Indulge While You Clean
Do you have a favorite podcast? Or a guilty-pleasure album you love to listen to? Change tidying from a chore to a treat by listening to something special while you work.
Outsource the Thinking
Sometimes, the hardest thing about managing a household isn’t the physical work; it’s the mental chore of deciding what needs to be done and when. Fortunately, there are hundreds of books, blogs and magazines with simple cleaning schedules that do the thinking for you. Just pick a plan that seems doable and follow the directions.
Make Sure Everyone Contributes
It’s hard to stay motivated if you are the only one doing the work. If you live with other people, make sure everyone is doing their share. Have everyone pitch in for 15 minutes a day or divide the work into checklists for each person to do. Even little kids can pick up their toys or start learning to dust and sweep.
If you are the sort that only tidies when friends come over, then host more often! A weekly potluck or game night might be the incentive you need to keep things spick and span.