With the hectic schedules we keep, maintaining a presentable house is a big challenge. Still, it is possible to keep your house neat and tidy with minimal effort, provided you're willing to plan just a bit. Up for the challenge? Read on.
Many moms adopt a scurry-to-clean-up strategy when the mess gets unbearable or when guests are due to arrive. Although this strategy can be acceptable in the short-term, it causes unnecessary stress and makes housework miserable. "You want to always feel like you can ask a good friend in," says Leslie Reichert, a green home keeping expert with over 20 years of experience. "You don't want to live in CHAOS -- the Can't Have Anybody Over Syndrome. Your house doesn't have to look like a showroom, but if you have systems in place, you will never be caught off guard with your underwear next to the front door!"
If you feel overwhelmed when you face your family room or kitchen each day, you're definitely not alone. Rather than giving in to that overwhelming feeling, make the decision to get started...now. "Start with de-cluttering," suggests Rachelle Strauss, otherwise known as Mrs. Green of the Little Green Blog. "Anything that you have not used for a year, you don't like or doesn't work can be sent to a new home. Small baby steps taking consistently over time lead to success."
If you are a sporadic cleaner, you'll never be satisfied with the results and will always be trying to get ahead. Set yourself up for success by developing a routine...and sticking to it! What are some practical strategies moms can use to develop a plan of attack? "A routine is a mom's BFF," says Stephanie Vozza, author of The Five-Minute Mom's Club: 105 Tips to Make a Mom's Life Easier. "A well-run household has daily tasks, weekly tasks and monthly tasks." Write down your particular needs, categorize them and stick to the schedule to ensure maximum sanity.
Whenever a task becomes tedious, we'll find every excuse to avoid it. Reichert has some tips to help you clean faster and more efficiently:
Need some inspiration? Check out Vozza's weekly cleaning schedule:
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