No matter how few or how many people are involved in doing housework, running a household can get complicated quickly. We don’t really want to spend our free time doing chores, doing laundry, or tidying the garden areas. However, if we leave them, they quickly get out of hand. Leading to even more work to do.
Let’s have a look at some of the ways you can make housework easier and more productive in your household:
Have A Tidy-Up Bag
This might seem really simple, however, having a bad to hand for each day can help to stop things from piling up and cluttering your space. Once or twice a day walk through your home and pick up anything that needs to be put away, makes it your goal to fill the bag and then sort through it at the end of the day. This way it prevents clutter from building without it becoming a bigger task after a few days or even the end of the week.
Assign People Rooms To Manage
Unless you live by yourself, there is no reason one person should be doing all the housework. This often leads to one person becoming worn out and fed up trying to do it all. Try assigning certain tasks or rooms to different people and make it their responsibility to keep that area clean and tidy. Things like encouraging older children to do their own laundry can take a whole load off and leave room to sort other areas of your home. Think about adding a chore chart to the home so everyone can see what needs to be and when.
Most families are happy to repeat meals and eat their favourites again and again, this can really help when it comes to the cooking aspect of running a household. Having a staple list of recipes that you and the family enjoy cuts down on research needed for new meal ideas, limits the time food shopping and means you can stock your cupboards to suit the meals you know you’re going to be cooking. Try planning a two-week rotating menu so it doesn’t get too boring though. Something else you can adopt when it comes to cooking is batch cooking, this is a great way to save time when it comes to evening meals and lunches for the week. It takes very little effort to chop, prepare and cook twice as much food when cooking so next time you cook for the family try making twice as much and freezing the second batch for later in the week.
Wash Up Before Bed
Ok, so you might not like having set household rules, however, washing the dishes before bedtime help to keep things running efficiently. It’s probably the last thing you want to do at night time but you’re probably going to be less happy about it when you come into the kitchen the next morning. Plus, mornings tend to be a busy time so you risk not leaving yourself enough time to tackle this task. You end up in a cycle where you’re adding to the pile rather than getting it gone.
Organize The Closet When Doing Your Laundry
This is a popular tip form many homemakers. Rather than having washing pile up (even if it is clean) on the kitchen table, try to put it away as soon as it’s washed and ironed. Do a quick scan of the clothes in your wardrobe and drawers and donate any that are no longer of use. You will find that you need to do this more often with growing children. The more you do this the more you’ll start to feel like your whole families clothes are organised. Another top tip for your laundry is to use nice smelling washing agents such as citric acid laundry detergent as these tend to have a longer-lasting fragrance and in turn, keep your cupboards smalling great.
Do Your Research
Most of us just crack on with household chores, without even thinking about what we’re actually doing. However, we should be making use of all the hints, tips and tricks that are available online. There is an abundance of resources, Pinterest being one of the most popular. You can gain a plethora of different techniques to try, some of which you will find work better than what you’re already doing, which will make you more efficient and give you more free time.
These are just a few of the ways you can make running a household easier, what are your favourite hints and tips for keeping the house running well? Please share them in the comments below.