Hey there! It’s officially 2016 and I know everyone has their new year’s resolutions in full effect. I find that a lot of people have organization and productivity on their resolution lists. Well, guess what distracts from productivity besides email and social media?! Cleaning Up! What can help you live a more organized life? Cleaning Up! Wait, what Sentrell?
Well, if you read my 3 solutions below, not only will you be more productive, but your home will be more organized. Yes, killing two birds with one stone. I. got. you. boo. (Ha!)
Cleaning up takes up a lot of our time because we are not doing it right. It’s usually designated for an early morning Saturday or Sunday thus taking up a good chunk of your weekend. I don’t know about you, but I rather spend my weekends like this…
and not like this…
Now that I’ve got your attention, let’s get to it.
3 Best Ways to Keep a Clean Home
#1 Cleaning as You Go
This was always a rule of my mother’s kitchen and it makes perfect sense. It can help you avoid an overflowing sink of dirty dishes, sticky countertops, and a splattered cooktop. However, this solution doesn’t only apply to your kitchen. Try cleaning as you go in your bedroom and bathroom too. We’ve all had the pile of clothing on our beds after trying on multiple outfits or the make-up covered countertop.
In my first college apartment, I celebrated my freedom by rejecting this rule and my room was always a mess. I quickly learned that mom’s are usually right and started cleaning as I went again. If you clean as you go, things won’t ever get out of control. An extra five minutes of cleaning up after yourself saves you time and keeps your home in tip top shape.
#2 Cleaning Schedule
Developing a cleaning schedule will quickly improve the cleanliness of your home. The process is pretty simple. All you have to do is take on a cleaning task every day of the week. Here’s an example:
- Monday: Kitchen, Sweep, and Mop
- Tuesday: Bathroom(s)
- Wednesday: Bedroom(s)
- Thursday: Vaccum, Dust, and Clean Mirrors
- Friday: Laundry
- Saturday: Relax
- Sunday: Relax
These tasks can be delegated to everyone is the household to reduce the time for each task. They should all take no more than 45 minutes each day, except for laundry. I know 45 minutes every day can seem like a lot, but if blast your favorite playlist before you know it, you will be done. I’ve included a cleaning schedule download below for you to try this out. Use it to your liking.
#3 Hire a Cleaning Service
I’m a big fan of this solution, but it does require extra funds. This can be really affordable with the companies like TaskRabbit, Merry Maids, or a local cleaning service. Bri of DesignLoveFest wrote a review on TaskRabbit here. However, I suggest you ask family and friends to assist with finding someone. Letting someone into your home is a big deal. It’s always good to go with someone who family and friends trust. If family and friends are no help, try finding a service on Yelp.
I haven’t used a cleaning service consistently, but when my boyfriend and I have had hectic weeks, we’ve hired someone to clean. It can be helpful to have a cleaning service you can call when you need them. Honestly, it is no fun having a crazy work week to come home to dirty home each night.
These simple solutions will have your home organized and boost your productivity significantly. Now that you have all this extra free time. Take up a new hobby or put in a few more hours with your side hustle. Oh, and when those unexpected guests are on their way, you can totally keep your cool because your home looks amazing!