Being a mom is not easy especially if you are also career-oriented. Time management is crucial for moms as they need time to get everything done. You know that you must have an allotted time for your kids, for your husband, for preparing a meal, and for your career. However, do not forget to allocate some time to clean your house.
You should clean your house once in a while even if you have a maid. Not all maids are knowledgeable in house cleaning. They are not as concerned as you are for your house. Some of them think that they just have to do their job even if they don’t do it well.
For this reason, you have to be hands-on in cleaning your house. If not, you should see to it that the maid is doing his or her job well. Below are some cleaning tips that can help you manage your time, especially your cleaning schedule.
Always Start with De-Cluttering
You don’t want to sweep or vacuum the floor with a lot of nuisances scattered on the floor like worn clothes, toys, pieces of paper, and the like. Everything will be easier for you if you eliminate the things that will get in the way of sweeping the floor.
When dusting, remember to start on the highest part of the house. If there are cobwebs on the ceiling, remove them first. Dust the chandelier or the lights, before beginning to dust off the furniture on the ground. Your efforts will go to waste if you start on the lowest part of your house, because the dust on the top areas may go to the items that are in the bottom areas.
Choose the right vacuum cleaner that will suit the needs of your home. If you have large and high areas to clean, choose a vacuum cleaner that has a long hose. You may also choose a wireless vacuum cleaner that you can take anywhere. If you have to clean smaller spaces like your car or the compartments of your closet, you may choose to use a hand-held vacuum.
Furthermore, don’t forget to clean the areas that most people forget. These are windows, ceiling corners, stairs, door knobs, and underneath the furniture.
Always read the label. It is important to read the precautions before using it. You must take note of the chemicals that you should not combine with each other. Furthermore, use the cleaner only to the particular material that it is supposed to clean. Do not use it on other materials where the cleaner is not intended because the cleaner may wear it out.
There are different cleaners available in the market. However, you may create your own homemade cleaner. The main benefit of using a homemade cleanser is that you can be hands-on for the precise formulation that’s right for the material where it’s intended to be used.
Have a Proper Schedule
Having an organized plan for cleaning isn’t just essential for time management. It will also allow you to keep track on what kind of cleaning that you have to do for a particular time. Annual cleaning requires the most intensive cleaning. This is the time when you have to change the curtains, remove the unneeded items, and dust the most hidden areas of your home.
During the monthly cleaning, this is the time when you are advised to clean the electronics, like your air conditioner, electric fan, and the like. Weekly cleaning is intended to maintain the cleanliness of your home and to make it look inviting to the guests.
Keep the Bathroom Dry
In cleaning the bathroom, you have to wash the tub, the shower, and the sink with a cleaner and water. However, after applying those, you must not forget to dry your bathroom. Dirt and molds may reside in the wet areas of your bathroom which are ugly and can be detrimental to your health.
General Cleaning Checklist
These are the main tasks that you have to do to clean the different areas of your home.
- Clean the compartments of your closet.
- Dust the ceiling and the furniture.
- Sweep, mop and treat the floor.
- Polish the furniture and clean the mirror.
- Remove the trash in the bin.
- Spray an air-freshener.
Cleaning is an easy, rewarding, but an exhausting task. For this reason, it is important to know the basics to save you time and troubles.
Author Bio: Anthony is a Home Improvement DIYer, who is interested in different projects of Home Improvement. He blogs at Equipment Area, where he shares tips, guides and reviews of different tools around the house.