The Lazy Girls Guide to Maintaining a Clean and Tidy Home
I, like many out there, love a clean and tidy home. It brings me peace of mind seeing no clutter. Nothing ruins my vibe more than seeing a messy room. But, lately, at my house, things have gotten a little out of hand. Keeping a clean and organized home became second nature before my son was born because I love to clean, but it was like a new learning curve when I went back to work after maternity leave last year. One is because I have never been a mother before, and I’ve never had to juggle my full-time job on top of keeping on top of my home chores. So I’ve come to realize that something had to change.
1. Let’s Get Real
Living in a messy, unorganized, untidy, and unclean home had become overwhelming and unbearable. Not that I didn’t have anything to do with it, I had my fair share of leaving clothes hanging around and not picking up after myself. What can I say? Life can get busy. The first step is to admit you need help in maintaining your home clean. If you have the money, then you can hire someone to clean your bathrooms, floors, and kitchen for you. The option of hiring someone is the more convenient way of getting a clean home. If you’re on a budget like me, or just cheap, lol, then you’ll have to do it yourself. If you live with others, they will have to be on the same page as you, or it won’t come into flourishing. Find the best time to talk to your family, partner, or roommates. Sit down with them and explain how you feel in a non-judgmental or blaming attitude. Once you have them on board, it’s time to create a chore schedule.
2. The Glorious Chore Schedule
Go on Canva.com right now and type the words “weekly chore schedule” in the search box. You’ll find many attractive options to print out and physically fill in, or you can create your own. If you’re not into that, you can keep a digital schedule on the Cozi app, but I feel like printing out a physical plan that everyone can see at home is the best option. The second step will be to write out a list of chores that need to get done, everything from as big as the household laundry to as small as feeding the dog. The next step will be to assign everyone a chore. Keep it fair and work with others’ strengths. If you know you’re better at doing laundry than your husband, then do the laundry. If your child is like four years old, don’t expect him to meal prep for the family, okay that’s an exaggerated example, but you get the point.
3. Get it Out of the Way
Now, all you have to do is make sure you and your family check the schedule every day; that’s why it’s essential to place the program in a place where everyone can see it. I understand things might come up, and you can’t complete your chores for that day, but make sure you either switch with someone or do it the very next chance you get. Just like at work, you wouldn’t want to leave your responsibilities without anyone to complete them if you go on vacation or you are out sick, so treat your home just the same way. You will be thankful you did.
I hope you enjoy your newly clean, organized, well-maintained home. I know it can be hard to maintain a clean and organized home, but I encourage you to work hard for the things you want. It’s easier to preserve a clean house than getting started every time with a huge mess. If you enjoyed this post, please consider giving it a “like” and subscribe for more. Also, let me know if you tried this method in the comments below and if it worked for you!
-with love, Amanda