For many families, their home is a place of comfort and familiarity at the end of a long day. However, with the modern picture of an American family looking rushed and hectic for most, maintaining a pristine home is last on the list of things to do. Only 18 percent of parents stay at home
, according to past estimates by the Pew Research Center. In fact, over half of households have both parents working full time – leaving little energy for organizing the home. Yet, the benefits of having a well-kept home have been proven. It boosts mental health, reduces asthma, and improves the quality of family life. So what do you do during the week when time is limited? Is it possible to have a clean and organized home in a busy household? In short, yes. With these simple tips, you can avoid the laundry and clutter pile-ups when it comes to the weekend.
Split It Up With A Cleaning Schedule
One of the best ways to keep your home organized and clean is to create a cleaning schedule
and do a bit of cleaning each day. Set aside an allotted 20 minutes each day to start a load of laundry, load the dishwasher, or dust your shelves. Alternatively, you can split it into rooms or task categories. For instance, one day can be designated to tidying the bathroom or cleaning your floors. By doing a little bit each day, your home stays organized, and you are left with less to do when cleaning day comes around. Keep your daily tasks to small manageable amounts like making the bed, getting a load of laundry going, or tidying up one room. This makes it much more achievable and motivating, and still leaves time to spend with your family
Don’t Be Afraid To Rely On Easy Cleaning Tools, Hacks And Supplies
One cannot underestimate the importance of the right cleaning and organization tools in making it easier to have a tidy home. This is especially true for busy families. Thankfully, the market is flooded with handy cleaning aids and devices that can help you stay on top of your home organization. Larger smart purchases like a robot vacuum can be pre-programmed and left to vacuum the floors while you’re taking the kids to school or you’re busy at work. For tiled or non carpeted floors, using heat and water-powered floor cleaners can help you clean messes and keep your home bacteria-free
with ease and no harsh chemicals. Best of all, you can even use them to clean your windows or bathroom tiles. For organization, invest in a few budget-friendly storage baskets and labels to avoid clutter and help everything have a designated space.
Organize Your Outfits And Your Laundry Hamper
Constantly feel like you are on the laundry hamster wheel? You are not alone. Women spend about 17 minutes a day doing laundry, according to The American Time Use Survey
. To stay on top of your laundry, try organizing your laundry according to family members. You can also try including a load of laundry in your daily routine. So while your kids are getting their shoes for school, put a wash on to stay on top of it. You may also want to invest in separate laundry baskets for your whites, delicates or colored (or even for each family member). This helps you identify the priority clothing when its time for laundry and also pinpoint when its time to put a wash on.
Also, when putting dried laundry away, think ahead and organize your clothing and closet according to outfits or days of the week. This reduces the hassle of looking for the odd pair of socks or perfect skirt in the morning. This is also a great place to instill some responsibility in your kids. By giving everyone the task of putting their clothes in their own individual laundry basket or organizing their clothes for school, you are faced with less clothing and clutter at the end of the day.
Even though life can get busy at times, you don’t have to feel overwhelmed with the task of keeping your home tidy and organized. Start with little projects around the home like creating labeled pantry or laundry baskets one day, and it will get easier to keep everything in its place. Finally, make small acts of cleaning or organization a part of your daily routine, and before you know it, you can enjoy a clutter-free and clean home every day of the week.