Let’s face it: not many people like cleaning or working to keep their homes neat and tidy. Luckily there are a few things you can do that might just make it a more pleasant process. Here are some tips to help…
Buy Baking Soda
A lot of us don’t particularly love to use harsh cleaning products in our homes, particularly if we have kids or particularly inquisitive pets. Luckily there are some natural solutions that you can use – for instance you can use baking soda to clean up your couch and also combine it with vinegar to clean your oven. It’s great at removing smells so if your house has been through a recent stomach bug epidemic you can sprinkle some baking soda on any unfortunate stains on the rug or couch to make them a little less stinky. You can also use lemon to remove stains from metal, like on faucets, and cream of tartar can be used to clean stainless steel. Salt can also be used to scrub pans – and, in a pinch if you’ve forgotten to take your toothpaste on vacation, your teeth!
Enlist Your Kids
It’s always a good idea to make sure your kids start to pull their weight from an early age – this means they’ll be much less likely to argue when you ask them to set the table when they’re teenagers. Give them specific tasks that their allowances depend on, like loading and unloading your dishwasher and stripping their sheets from their beds every time they need to be washed, and reward them when they do their tasks well with stickers or gold stars on a chart. Not only will this help you when it comes to your housekeeping but it will also mean that your kids will be cleaner when they’re older – it’ll be second nature to them.
Look For New Storage Solutions
A lot of us suffer from a big clutter problem in our homes – we have not enough space and certainly not enough storage. One way to create more storage is to use all of our space – store sheets in boxes underneath beds and couches, make sure that you buy bookshelves that can fill those awkward corner nooks and crannies, and make sure that you use your doors by hanging storage off them to keep your shoes and scarves in. If you’re having problems storing big items like ironing boards, look into storage solutions like the IRON-A-WAY iron board which you can just pull down from the wall to use.
Make A Rota
Finally, it’s important to make sure that you aren’t the only person doing all the work – it’s unfair and you’ll definitely start to resent it after a while. Even if you’re a stay at home mom, your partner needs to pull his weight when he gets home and at the weekends, so make sure that there’s a rota that you’ve both agreed on so that you know exactly what you’re doing on which day, meaning that there won’t be any arguments about what is and what isn’t fair. You shouldn’t have to make dinner every single night!