Relaxing in a clean home at the end of the day is your reward. Your home is your sanctuary; it is the place where you feel safe from the world. Having it clean and orderly makes resting there more enjoyable. Surprise visits cause you less stress when the home is presentable. You and your family enjoy better health and have fewer accidents. Maintaining a clean dwelling is overwhelming when you work full-time. The key to clean living is to develop some good habits: organize your stuff, use a pest control service, organize your time.
1) Get Rid of Clutter
What you perceive as a “dirty” home may be more clutter than anything else. You and others are constantly bringing things inside. The book bags come in with the kids; they drop them wherever. The shoes come off and form part of the obstacle course. When you interrupt their video game to ask about homework, the papers come out adding to the decor. You and the other adults are creating clutter also. The lunch box is on the table. You move the stack of unread mail to make room for dinner plates.
Establish a routine that minimizes the clutter. Create some rules; include some sanctions for breaking them. For example, make a rule saying that all backpacks, shoes, and jackets are in their place before any video game begins. Breaking the rule means no dessert for the rest of the week.
2) Pest Control
An infestation ruins your peace of mind. Nothing says “clean” like a pest-free house. Find someone, such as Hart Pest Control, to perform an initial treatment. Subsequent periodic maintenance costs little.
3) Time Is Everything
Time is what makes cleaning the house feel overwhelming. It is not fun to spend six hours on your only day off sanitizing your home. Organize your time so that cleaning is easy. Set up a schedule of daily chores. One evening after work you are dusting. Another is dedicated to cleaning floors. Set a time-goal for these tasks. You need time to unwind, so discipline yourself to avoid distractions. Wash all the dishes after the evening meal. Unless you live alone, the family can help you. Quickly wipe down the bathroom after your nightly routine.
You work hard and you deserve a clean home. Your sanctuary should give you peace. Learn to master your time, and your home becomes a source of pride and pleasure.