Tuesday, April 22, 2014

10 Quick’N’Easy Cleaning Tips for Working Mums

Let’s start with the Number One Rule for working mums: nobody expects your home to look like it was just featured in the latest issue of Vogue Living, and if they do, stop inviting them over!

So let’s look at ten cleaning tips that we developed, that will help save your sanity and prevent the local council from declaring your home a health hazard.

Treat the cleaning chores like you would your job. Prioritize your “to do” list and then work through it according to the importance of each task.

A Little Every Day

Like your job, if you have a large project to do you wouldn’t expect to get it all done in one day, would you? So delegate different cleaning jobs to different days, and if everything on your list doesn’t get done, then transfer it to another day when you have less chores.

Like your work space, everything works so much more smoothly if you’re working in an uncluttered space, so take the time to de-clutter each room. Then it’s simply a matter of cleaning the exposed surfaces rather than constantly trying to clean the clutter.

Box It
With so many colourful, cute plastic and fabric boxes available, use them as a clean-up tool. As an example, choose a couple of big plastic boxes with different coloured lids for the children’s play room. Each colour denotes a different kind of toy, like the blue box for Lego pieces and other plastic bits or the red box for the dolls. At the end of the day, make them responsible for putting all the toys away in the right boxes. These can be stored in a corner and look completely unobtrusive.

Kid’s Crew
Once they are old enough, give each child a regular chore to do every day. Jobs like setting the table, stacking the dishwasher or putting all the laundry in the basket can be made into fun tasks.

Late Night Laundry
Cleaning tasks like putting on a load of laundry or starting the dishwasher can be left until just before bed. That way you can sleep while the appliances are working away and then deal with the washing or dry dishes first thing in the morning.

Clean Kid’s Rooms:
It’s important to teach your children from an early age how to make their bed and tidy up their room before school. It’s a great lesson in personal responsibility and sets up lifelong habits. Then you just have to make sure they take responsibility every morning!

The BIG Clean
There comes a time in every busy working mum’s life when you know the BIG clean is due. You can make life much easier for yourself by calling in AMC Cleaning - AMC Perth - who’ll make your house look like the home it once was (before the kids!) Or you can face the task at hand and break the clean down into smaller steps. Start with the rooms most likely to be seen by visitors and then move room by room through the house. Set a schedule you can work with and engage the kids where possible.

Avoid Distractions
Wherever and whenever possible, turn off the television and take the phone off the hook so you can focus on the jobs at hand. The exception is earphones attached to your iPod with your favourite rhythmic, upbeat music. That way the jobs are done before you know it.

Vacuum Last
After the surfaces have been dusted or wiped clean and the clutter is put away, then it’s time to bring out the vacuum cleaner to pick up the dust and scraps from your clean.

Cleaning house is a job nobody can truly say they look forward to; nevertheless, it’s something that has to be done, so get your imaginative juices flowing and think up ways to turn a chore into a cheerful task. Dance with your vacuum cleaner, sing to your sponge or tell jokes to your toilet brush – heck, it will help make the time fly by!

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