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February is the month of love, and what better way to show your loved one that you care than with a clean home for you both to unwind, entertain in and enjoy. So whether you live with your partner, your friend, your parents or your children, it’s time to split those household chores up and take a weight off your loved one’s shoulders!
We’ve outlined a simple step by step guide below on how to create the perfect cleaning schedule within your household:
Be realistic. Let’s face it; cleaning can often get pushed aside especially after a busy day at work when the last thing you want to do is wash the pots. When thinking about a schedule, be realistic with how long you have to clean, and what day you want to do it. For example, no one is going to want to clean at 8am on a Sunday morning or 10pm on a Monday evening; your bed is always going to look more inviting. The same goes for assigning other members of the household tasks – be realistic about the extent this person can contribute. This brings us on to step 2.
Divide and conquer. Sit down with your partner/parents/housemate and have a good brainstorm. Think about what you all don’t mind doing, what you already do, and what you may already like to do(!). And not only give each person specific tasks, but also divide tasks into either big or small categories. The ‘big’ tasks can be completed a few times a year when someone has enough free time to really deep clean, and the ‘smaller’ tasks can be quickly ticked off before work or before hitting the hay.
Don’t overwhelm yourself. If some of the bigger tasks need doing weekly, for example a deep clean of the bathrooms or dusting off all the shelves and tables, maybe create a week 1, week 2 system. Swap tasks with each member of the household on a weekly or fortnightly basis and you’ll get a good rest every other week when it’s their turn to pick up the major tasks.
Lay it out. Having a nicely presented template for all your cleaning tasks will not only de-clutter your house but also de-clutter your mind so nothing is forgotten. There are even apps nowadays that provide you with daily cleaning tasks rather than creating lists for yourself. Printing out a rota to stick up on the fridge will help you keep track of where everyone is with their chores and remind you of what needs doing every time you go to eat!
Get the kids involved. You might be the adults but that doesn’t mean you have to take on all the jobs around the house. Depending on the age of your children think about what they can do to help out – dusting and pot washing are always great places to start. That way you get to enjoy 10 minutes together post meal time, and we all know that time together as parents is precious.
And if that all fails, consider getting your partner the best Valentines gift around… a professional cleaner!!