In part 1 of Keeping A Neat & Tidy Home I discussed how to create a regular cleaning schedule. In part 2 I expounded on bringing in your husband and kids to help you with the cleaning of the home, and in part 3 I will examine a few different tricks on how to maintain your home without it being too much of a bore.
First of all, lets just get this out of the way; cleaning sucks. I know there are a few people who really enjoy cleaning their homes, but I believe the vast majority of us don’t find pleasure in washing the grime and grease- we just like our houses to be clean! But as it for most unpleasurable things, when you do a little bit each day you will find it much easier to deal with than if you leave it all for one long overburdening day.
I believe having a cleaning schedule to be the best way to maintain a clean home. But there are a few tricks to how you clean that can help you have more fun while accomplishing an otherwise boring goal.
I love listening to all different types of music, but when I clean all I really want to do is dance. So I blast anything from disco to old skool rap to pop. If it makes me want to shake my groove thang, it is perfect for cleaning. By doing something I enjoy at the same time I am doing something I don’t really like, it makes the chore easier and less burdensome.
Fancy Cleaning Supplies
Unless you have been living under a rock, you will have seen and/or read about the “new” organic cleaning supplies out there. I know many of you also have tried your hand at making your own cleaning products. Whatever your preference, I have found it much more enjoyable to clean when I am enamored with the product I am using. It might seem silly to spend ten bucks on 16 oz of dish soap, but when the smell is so intoxicating that I find doing the dishes just that much more pleasurable, then to me it is worth it.
Silly Personal Contests
As a goal oriented person, I often play little games with myself. For example, if I need to straighten up the playroom, I will turn on the tv and see how much I can get done during the commercial breaks. Or I might tell myself I get a little reward when I am done with a chore.
Hire A Professional
I will be doing an entire post on how to hire and work with a personal housekeeper, so stay tuned for that. But in this instance I am referring to hiring a cleaning company for a deep clean. Even though I have a housekeeper and my husband, my kids, and I all do our chores, about once to twice a year I have a professional company come and do the deep cleaning. They dust the whole house, get into crevices that haven’t seen the light of day, and really get into the nitty gritty of the home. Of course you can do this yourself, but sometimes it ends up being less expensive and time consuming to hire outside help. This deep clean really makes maintaining your daily, weekly and monthly cleaning much easier.
By using little tricks to make you job more enjoyable, or by hiring professional help to do the deep cleaning, you will be better able to maintain your cleaning schedule and have a neat and clean home.
Here are parts 1 and 2: