Once you are a mom you know that keeping your home tidy and in order it's a lost cause, right? It seems to me though, that there are lots of people out there who are short on time but still find themselves able to keep their home tidy and in order. What is their secret? Do they have a magic power? Perhaps a team of elves go in when they’re asleep and do it for them? No, it’s nothing magical - they simply use the hacks we’re going to outline here. If you can get into the habit of using these hacks, you’ll be surprised at how much more you can get done and how much better your home looks!
Get Everybody Involved
If you have a family, getting them involved can drastically cut down the amount of time you need to spend on maintaining your home. Getting your kids into these habits while they are young can make a huge difference, not only to your home, but how helpful they are as they get older. They will also find it easier to maintain a home of their own. If you do everything for your kids, they will likely struggle to stay tidy as they get older, expecting others to clean up after them.
Know how to delegate tasks and which tasks are right for certain age groups. For example, even your toddler could help with the sweeping up (they might not be great at first, but you’ll still be setting them up for success in the future).
Create A Rota
Creating a rota will leave no room for arguments over whose turn it is to do what. This will ensure everybody does their equal share of the tasks, and that you know exactly when it’s time to do something. For example, you may not need to deep clean your bathroom every week, so you could put this on the rota for every other week instead. You need to come up with a rota that suits your lifestyle and family so you can stick to it.
Call The Professionals In
If you’re really short on time, there’s no shame in calling the professionals in. If you need your carpets deep cleaned, a service like Devine Rug Care is probably a good shout. You could even hire a general house cleaner once weekly or fortnightly to help take the weight off your shoulders. Many of them will even do one off jobs, so you don’t need to worry about contracting them for future work.
Upload Documents and Letters You Need To Keep To The Cloud
One of the things that can seriously clutter up your house are letters and documents. It can get so bad that it’s easy to procrastinate doing anything about them too. As soon as you get your letters, make an effort to upload them to the cloud. Do this with important documents too. This way, you’ll be able to access them whenever, wherever. Plus, you won’t need to worry about natural disasters or anything like that ruining them.
Procrastination is one of the worst things you can do if you want to keep your home in order. As we mentioned earlier, deal with letters as soon as you get them. Decide whether you need to keep them or shred them and put them in the right pile. Put your boxes in the recycling as soon as you’ve opened them. Wash dishes the second you’re done with them, too - it takes seconds to wash a dish, but you can easily procrastinate on a whole bowl of washing up just because it doesn’t look appealing to you. Tidy up as you go along too, whether you’re cooking or doing something else. It’s so much easier to tidy up as you go along, rather than eat a meal and then force yourself to tidy up.
You can also use something called the 1 minute rule; if it’s going to take less than 1 minute to do, do it now.
Keeping your home in order when you’re short on time can feel impossible. There’s no shame in getting professional help or getting your family involved. It’s also a good idea to figure out what’s truly important, too. Have only a handful of things on your ‘must do’ list. If you put too many things on your list, you’ll only feel disheartened when you don’t get them all done. Learn how to prioritize so you get what you really need to get done each day. Anything else is a bonus, but not necessary.
How are you going to use these hacks to keep your home in order, and do you have anything of your own to add? Leave a comment below!