I know it sounds like a strange thing to say, but this is very much a ‘Thing’. We all know that feeling when the cleaner has just been and the house looks spotless, but it never seems to last. How can we make that blissful feeling last longer? The good news is there are some very simple things we can do, that won’t mean you spend every spare moment tied to the duster.
Make the bed
Sounds simple but a ten-second job can completely change the way a room looks. It does not need to be fitted sheets folded like a well-trained cleaner, but straightening the duvet and pillows will do the trick.
Do a load of washing a day
Washing is as much a mental battle as a physical one. Staying on top of the pile can feel very rewarding. Fold what does not need to be ironed and ideally iron as you go. It's best to complete the load in the day - which includes putting it away.
Get everyone to play their part
We have all heard the phrase “many hands make light work”. Well it's a phrase for a reason, simple things like having a place for everything to go and communicating that means three things - everyone knows how to play their part, everything looks tidy and even more importantly if everyone puts their things in the right place you won’t waste precious time searching, especially when you are in a rush. A basket for shoes, a hook for school bags, a box to keep filing and paperwork.
A ten-minute nightly roundup
So it's easy to leave a cup on the side, the clothes in the kid's room to be put away or a floor that needs sweeping. By spending ten minutes just doing that one thing that looks the biggest mess, you are helping yourself wake up to a fresher start in the morning.
Keep a mini basket of cleaning supplies in the place you need them.
A multi-surface spray and cloth in the bathroom can mean a quick two minute wipe down of sinks once everyone has cleaned their teeth. Using a squeegee in the shower reduces the watermarks. Water wipes/duster in the bottom of the TV cabinet can help keep window sills and the lounge dust free.
This does not have to be a full Marie Kondo clear out, but sorting through unused items to create space and being able to put away things into the cupboard that don’t need to be gathering dust on kitchen sides and sideboards around the house, can make it so much easier to stay on top of clutter.
Clean as you go
Sounds simple, but it really does help - putting things away when you have finished with them and keeping things in their ‘rightful place’ does not have to take up much time, but if left to do at once can become a runaway task. Take of a coat - hang it up, take off your shoes put them away, finished with a cup - wash it up or put it in the dishwasher.
None of these tips will take a great deal of time, but I hope that they are useful to keep that just-cleaned feeling. Our cleaners are all diligent and care about delivering a first-class cleaning service to you. Not having to clean around a build-up of clutter means their time can be spent on all the tasks you want them to do.