Does your family always seem to be on the go? You know how it is… Teenagers rushing in and out of the door before an after-school practice or volunteer meeting. Little ones bouncing from playdate to playdate. Mom and dad busy with work, travel, and all of the little details that go into keeping everything running smoothly.
If this sounds like your household, you’re certainly not alone! Chicagoland is full of busy families who hustle to make the most of each and every day. When you finally score some down time, and a chance to rest and relax with your whole family, you deserve a space that is clean, calming, and beautiful.
Now, we know that when you’re always on the move, it can be difficult to keep up with in-depth cleaning routine. Having an active family can come with a lot of stress, and a lot of mess. Fortunately, taking a few simple steps can make a world of difference when it comes to keeping your home clean, organized, and ready for anything!
What can busy families do to keep their homes clean and functional? Here are five handy clean home hacks to keep in mind:
1.) Take On Some Simple Daily Tasks
Feeling overwhelmed by a to-do list that keeps getting longer? Start by taking on a few simple, easy chores around the house. The sooner you deal with the minor things, the easier it will be to convince yourself to move on to the tough stuff.
One powerful idea is to start some positive daily habits. Taking on some short, everyday cleaning tasks can help you keep your home feeling cleaner and more organized – even if you need to save those big projects or hard-to-reach areas for another day!
Here are a few ideas to try out:
- Do a 15 minute nightly “clean up” – put toys into bis, hang all clothes back in the closet, stock books back on the shelf
- Keep the entryway clean by organizing shoes, coats, and umbrellas
- Do those dirty dishes! Whether they’re in the sink or the dishwasher, dishes can pile up and create feelings of stress.
- Quickly wipe down bathroom surfaces, including sinks, mirrors, and countertops.
- Make your bed every morning. This simple act is scientifically proven to create a positive mindset that can carry through your whole day.
2.) Get the Family Involved
When you’ve had a long day, it can be hard to turn your attention to checking items off of your cleaning checklist – especially when all you really want to do is take a long, luxurious bath and watch your favorite show.
One way to make things easier is to get your whole family involved! There are lots of creative ways to get kids involved in your household’s cleaning routine – and maybe even make tidying up a fun family activity, along the way!
Try setting up daily/weekly tasks for the whole crew, breaking up each job into small, manageable chunks with clear-cut goals that are easy for kids to follow. Offer clear instructions, and make sure you give your young helpers a clear idea of what “finished” looks like, so there’s less room for arguments later on.
Along the way, look for ways to make cleaning more fun! You could come up with a fun system of rewards, play songs, or even turn cleaning into a game with points and objectives. In addition to making cleaning faster, more fun, and more family-oriented, you’re teaching your kids important lessons that will last a lifetime.
3.) Work By Priority
Before diving headfirst into a major cleaning project, it helps to take a step back, and take a deep breath! Taking some time to visualize and plan can help you save a lot of time and effort down the line. As you look around your place, ask yourself some key questions:
- What are my household’s biggest wants and needs?
- How would I rate my home’s current cleanliness?
- What’s behind the mess or disorganization?
- What are projects I need to tackle now, and what can wait a bit?
For example? Your bedroom closet might need some serious TLC – but you’ve got company coming over for a small get-together later this week. Instead of focusing on that major reorganization project, then, you’ll probably be better served by tending to your kitchen, guest bathroom, and living room – the areas your guests are most likely to actually use.
4.) Invest In Some Automated Cleaning Help
Keeping your home clean and tidy with kids and pets running around can be pretty demanding. Add a busy work and social schedule on top of that, and there may not be enough hours left in the day for serious cleaning!
Fortunately, there are all sorts of handy household gadgets you can put to work that are “set it and forget it.” All you have to do is turn them on, and your cleaning device will handle the rest!
For example, plenty of pet lovers swear by robot vacuums, such as the Roomba. These roving, programmable vacuums are perfect for keeping the floors immaculate while you’re away or when you just don’t have the time. Poke around, and you’re sure to find plenty of other amazing, time-saving tools, from powerful gadgets that sanitize your microwave, to convenient gizmos that disinfect your dishwasher, to time-release deodorizers that can help your whole home smell incredible, without you lifting a finger.
5.) Take Care of Laundry
When it comes to helping your home feel fresh and clean, the little details add up! For a simple starting point, look to your laundry.
Many of us have piles of clean and dirty laundry gathered up all over the place. Make it a goal to put your laundry away completely immediately after you take the load out of the dryer. And make sure that those clothes that are waiting for the wash end up stored away in a hamper or bin – not all over the floor or on the bed.
Speaking of your bed? In addition to making your bed every single day, be sure to regularly wash and change your sheets and pillowcases, as well as your towels and other linens Washing sheets and towels in hot water every week can help eliminate dust mites, mold, and other allergens, allowing your whole family to breathe easier.
Sweeping Dimensions is Here to Help the Whole Family!
Life can get pretty busy. Whether your household is full of young kids running around or high schoolers consistently dashing out the door for one activity or another, Sweeping Dimensions is here to help!.
At Sweeping Dimensions, our job is to sweat the small stuff and get our hands dirty, so that you can focus on the most important things in life – family, friends, and fun!
We know that being a parent or guardian is one of the toughest and most important jobs there is. Bringing on a professional cleaning service help can make it easier. We’ll give you back peace of mind so that you can take better care of yourself and your family, all while making sure that your cleaning and organizing to-do lists get done.
With a professionally trained and uniformed staff, all of our cleanings are fully customizable to meet your unique needs. We bring all of the cleaning supplies and equipment needed to clean your home, with a focus on green, environmentally sound cleaning products. We also offer flexible time windows, perfect for busy parents and families on the go.
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