Friday, February 23, 2018

6 housekeeping hacks to work smarter not harder

Housekeeping is not something very exciting to do,even thought it's necessary!  With a these 6 Housekeeping Hacks, you can work smarter not harder, to create a lovely home environment!  



housekeeping hacks, easy things to do to make housekeeping easier



I use these tips in my house that make the not-so-glamorous job of housekeeping more pleasant! And bonus points for doing a little bit every day to keep my house clean most of the time!


Housekeeping Hacks to keep a clean home!


1.  make your bed

6 Housekeeping hacks to work smarter not harder - make beds in shared boys room


Making your bed sets the tone for the day.
You've only been out of bed for a few minutes, but you've already accomplished something!  It seems to set the momentum for the rest of the day when you start with a bed that is made!  

BTW- my boys room rarely looks like this! I sure wish I could convince them of rule #1.  



2.  give everything in your home a parking space

6 Housekeeping hacks to work smarter not harder - give everything a parking spot - shoes in cubbies

A place for everything,and everything in it's place!

We have shoe cubbies and hooks near our back door.  When my kids come home from school, they know to put their shoes in their bin.



6 Housekeeping hacks to work smarter not harder - give everything a parking spot - backpack and jacket hooks


They also know to hang their jackets and backpacks on their hooks.  In the mornings when we are in a rush, lost shoes and missing backpacks are not a problem, because they are put away in their spot.

Now this process didn't happen naturally.  It took A LOT of reminders on my part to get my kids to
do this, but now they do it habitually.


3.  do one chore a day


6 Housekeeping hacks to work smarter not harder - do one chore a day


Nothing overwhelms me more than when my house is an out of control mess!  I get grumpy, my productivity tanks and my creativity isn't as plentiful!  But if I do one housekeeping chore every day,
I am able to keep up with it!  My cleaning schedule works like a charm!  Our house stays mostly clean and I only spend a small amount of time each day to keep it that way.


4.  touch things only once


6 Housekeeping hacks to work smarter not harder - touch things only once


I open the mail as soon as I gather it from the mailbox.  I file my bills, put any action items in their spot and recycle the junk.  I pay all my bills online, so I also immediately recycle all of the envelopes that come with the bills.


6 Housekeeping hacks to work smarter not harder - touch things only once, dishes


The same goes for dishes.  When I am cooking dinner, I wash used pans and load the dishwasher as I use items.  That way I don't have an enormous pile of dishes sitting in the sink.  After dinner, everyone in our family is responsible for loading their own dishes into the dishwasher.  We do not put things in the sink to be done later.


5. straighten in the am and pm

6 Housekeeping hacks to work smarter not harder -straighten up in the am and pm


After getting my kids off to school, I usually spend about 10 minutes walking around straightening the house.  I pick up items left out in the morning rush.  I put my kids' stuff on the stairs for my kids to take care of when they get home.

At night, after everyone has gone to bed, I do the same thing.  It helps to keep things tidy, and not wake up to a huge mess!


6.  make things pretty

6 Housekeeping hacks to work smarter not harder - make things pretty


I don't know about you, but I'm much more likely to keep things clean when they look nice.  There are just some things that aren't visually attractive like the router or xbox.  While I don't have a choice where these things are plugged in because of cable hook ups, I try to make them look as nice as possible.

We store our router behind the books on our entertainment center.  See more here.  Video games and controllers are stored in the baskets.

With a few simple Housekeeping Hacks, keeping a clean and comfortable home is so much easier!

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