6 Tips for Keeping Your House in Order
A tidy and well-organized home is a pleasure for guests to visit and for the residents to live in, but keeping your house in order requires a fair amount of work and organization. To make the process easier for homeowners and tenants, we have compiled 6 helpful tips that will hopefully help them maintain order and cleanliness.
1. Make plenty of lists
Lists are the number-one tool for organizing, whether it is for routine activities or work-related matters. In the context of a house, one recommended list to make is “Things to clean”. Another can relate to things that require repairs or replacement, and another can include optional improvements. Since you don’t want essential foods to run out in your domicile, you can also benefit from making a shopping list and updating it throughout your week.
2. Delegate responsibilities
If you live with several other able-bodied people, you will likely rely on them to carry out at least a portion of the housework. To make the process fair and prevent overcontribution on your part, you can delegate the responsibilities with your family/roommates/partner and each sign off on what you are expected to do. In case you live alone and do not rely on external cleaning services, there will be nobody to delegate to, but you can still structure your tasks to carry out the work in increments.
3. When cleaning big, start small
In ideal circumstances, chores and cleaning are carried out in increments throughout the week. However, life sometimes throws curveballs at us, and we can face situations when we have to tidy up all the rooms of our home. Such an undertaking may seem daunting at first, but it will be much easier to get through it if you start small and go from one room to the next rather than trying to do everything at once.
4. Consider getting a helper
Few of us can afford to hire a full-time maid, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t enlist the services of a non-human assistant. We are talking about Roombas and other electronic cleaning devices. Most of them are semi-autonomous, so you can switch them on and leave them to do work like vacuuming, washing, etc.
5. Keep cleaning supplies well-stocked
It is very inconvenient to have to run to the store whenever you need to wipe up a spill, wash out a stain, etc. It takes up too much time and it feels like it’s not worth the effort. On the other hand, if you keep cleaning supplies (paper towels, soap, detergent, sprays, etc.) stocked in sufficient capacity, you should not need to make many urgent runs to the nearest store.
When you are doing chores, you do not need to focus solely on them, as your mind will often bring up negative thoughts about how long it is taking and how much you don’t want to do this activity. On the other hand, you can take your mind off the boring work through multi-tasking. The most popular approach is to listen to music, dance, and sing along while you are working, but some people also cook, listen to audiobooks, or learn new languages while tidying.