When we are busy, we prioritize the most pressing tasks like completing that report for work or dropping the kids off and picking them up from various activities. The other, less urgent jobs, like cleaning and maintaining our properties, are meanwhile put on the back burner.
However, it is important to remember that a clean home means a clear mind. Having a tidy and well-maintained house can help you to manage the stresses of everyday life. Let’s face it, it’s far better to come home after a busy day to a clean and well-functioning home than one that is untidy and riddled with problems.
You may think that this is easier said than done. Well, think again! Read on for tips on how you can care for your home when you are a busy bee.
Pay for professionals
Paying for professional cleaning services could really help you stay on top of things at home. This doesn’t have to be a huge expense; one or two hours each week would probably be sufficient. And you can shop around for the best rates and ask family, friends and neighbors for recommendations.
Call in a professional for complicated and time-consuming jobs like heat pump repairs or dealing with leaks. Use your lunch breaks or your commute to work to arrange these services. Make sure you let them know you are busy and which days and times would be best for you. Most businesses will be happy to work around your schedule.
Tidy as you go
Make your life a lot easier by cleaning as you go. For example, after every meal, ask members of your household to help you clear things away and clean the dishes. This will take up less of your time and be far less stressful than dealing with days worth of dishes all at once.
Multi-tasking is a great technique to get more done in a short space of time. While you are waiting for the kettle to boil, load or unload the dishwasher or water the plants. If you find yourself with a bit of spare time but all you want to do is watch the TV. That’s okay but perhaps try doing some cleaning tasks that don’t require much brain power or movement at the same time. Examples of such jobs include folding clothes or ironing.
Try not to think of your chores individually rather than lumped together to create one long and demanding job. This means you can deal with one at a time, when you have time. If you can, set yourself a mini cleaning or organizing task to do each day. This could be unloading the dishwasher, fixing the shower curtain or vacuuming a room. There are many apps out there that can help you keep track of what chores you have done, and those that still need to be completed.
By asking for help and being shrewd with the little spare time that you have, you can take care of your home when you are busy.