Very few people enjoy housework – they call them chores for a reason, after all! However, for those who spend the majority of their time at home (namely stay-at-home professionals and the retired), the idea of keeping the house tidy can often become all encompassing. It is essential, therefore, for those undertaking their own housework to find a routine that works for them – a way of streamlining the chores so that they don’t dominate day-to-day life.
Streamlining those laborious chores
The idea behind streamlining chores is all about completing jobs in the shortest amount of time possible, getting into the rhythm of housework so that it does not become a laborious task that takes all day. While some wish to conduct a deep clean at least once a week, day-to-day chores such as vacuuming, mopping, polishing, dusting, turning down the beds, cleaning bathrooms, wiping surfaces, and general maintenance jobs can all be completed with general ease on a daily basis, ensuring that the home is always ready for unannounced guests, or even clients.
The most important thing to remember when getting down to the housework is to settle into a routine by establishing an order in which jobs can be completed more effectively and efficiently. This could involve grouping tasks together – working through the house progressively to ensure that no stone goes unturned – or starting with the bigger, more laborious tasks first, so that small jobs can then be completed quickly. Streamlining chores is also about using and maintaining the right tools for the job; for example, using the correct products on a particular type of flooring, or ensuring the vacuum bag is always emptied to prevent it from clogging halfway through a decidedly thorough cleaning session. It is also a good idea to tackle tasks on a rotational basis, particularly those chores that do not need doing daily; is it Monday? It must be time to wax the floor! Keeping a tight schedule ensures that the home is always kept spick and span with very little impact on the rest of the day.
Taking time in the kitchen
As the hub of the home, the kitchen is perhaps the most important room in the house when it comes to completing daily chores. The kitchen is the room in which food is stored and prepared, the place where many families dine together and catch up on the day’s events, and also a dedicated room to be used when hosting friends and family. The kitchen is also the room most likely to attract germs and grime –from food stains and smudges, to muddy footprints where the kitchen has been treated as a thoroughfare, just about any form of mess will be found in the kitchen at some point! It is vital, therefore, that a thorough cleaning of the kitchen forms the backbone of each day’s housework, ensuring that it remains a fresh and hygienic place to be.
One of the most laborious aspects of cleaning any kitchen is the sheer number of different surfaces that can be found in what is often a relatively small space. These can include stone, plastic, or marble workbenches; tiled, wooden, stone, or laminate flooring, and furniture of all shapes and sizes – with all of these surfaces and textures to sanitize, it is impossible to impose just one method of cleaning, so tackling the kitchen can often seem a daunting task. This is where it is essential to have the right tools for the job, and many people find themselves with a whole cupboard dedicated to squeegees, scrubbing brushes, wire brushes, mops, tile cleaner, disinfectant spray, and oven cleaner – they may only use a little of each at a time, but boy, does it make the job much easier!
Using the right products when cleaning can save trouble, time, and expense, helping the savvy householder to keep their homes well maintained. Purchasing specialist stone care products, for example, will help to keep workbenches, furniture, and fixtures looking shiny and new, whilst ensuring that they remain hygienic and in a good working order. In this instance, housework not only ensures the cleanliness of the home, but also saves homeowners from expensive repair and replacement costs further down the line. It may be a chore, but housework is essential for keeping the home clean, tidy, and in a good state of repair.
Whistle while you work
Housework is one of life’s unavoidable tasks, that much is true; however, with the right attitude, the correct tools and materials for the job, and a carefully planned routine, it needn’t be a laborious chore that takes all day.