Maintaining your home can be difficult while working full-time. Finding time to clean it, check the appliances, and sleep may seem impossible, but these simple tips can help. I really struggled to find the time to do housework when I worked full time and more often than not it got neglected.
Tips for Maintaining Your Home Whilst Working Full Time.
Create a Routine
- Have an Organised Entryway
As soon as you walk in your home, have a place where you can take off your muddy boots, put away your coat and bag, and place your mail and keys. Most people will track in extra dirt with their shoes, leave mail on the dining room table, or lose their keys if they don’t have the chance to put everything away when they first come in the door.
Besides the cleaning benefits, having a clearly designated entryway to put away your things from work helps you to mentally shift from work to home. If you have work you’ve brought home that you need to get done, wait until after dinner to pull it out. It will give you a few minutes to take a breath mentally and help you to focus when you do get down to work.
- Put Things in Designated Spaces
Your entryway is a good example of how having designated spaces help keeps things tidy. Put your keys in the same place every day. Same with your bills, mobile, jewellery and wallet-identify a place to keep them so you always know where to find them.
- Schedule in Chores
Identify a specific time to do major cleaning and put it in your schedule. Decide if you’d like to devote a few hours on the weekend to mopping the floors or thirty minutes a day to tackle small tasks and then put it in your calendar. Whether your house is full of roommates or children, asking everyone to pitch in regularly will prevent complaining when it’s time to do the dirty work, while also preventing the work from building up.
Less is Less
- Toss Things Out
If you haven’t used an item in 6-12 months, toss it (or donate it). This reduces the amount of stuff you need to clean or dust.
- Buy Less
It’s also easier to keep your fridge clean if you have less stuff in it. Do you need four kinds of mustard? Same with your closet—the fewer clothes you have, the fewer clothes to fold.
- Store Seasonal Items
Finding your bobble hat is much easier if it’s not mixed in with your sports cap. Store your seasonal clothes and shoes so they are out of the way.
Get Professional Help
- Ask for a Consultation
If you honestly don’t know where to start, or if you have identified a specific problem you’d like to fix, calling in a professional for a consultation may be your best bet. For example, if you have a garden that needs work, a landscaper can design a plan that you execute, saving you money while still cultivating a fabulous looking home.
- Call a Professional for Major Appliances
Conversely, if your washer is making a weird noise call a professional, like the ones at http://www.serviceforce.co.uk/ right away. Trying to fix an important appliance on your own can backfire and cost more money in the long run.
- Know Your Strengths and Weaknesses
If your job has demanding hours and you know maintaining your home just isn’t feasible, consider hiring some help. Sending your laundry out or having a domestic cleaning service come in may be the best option for your lifestyle.
Remember, your house doesn’t have to be perfect, but it should be functional and safe. Maintaining your home is important, but ultimately you are the judge of how neat and tidy you’d like to keep it.
How do you maintain your home whilst working full time?
*A Collaborative Post.