There are many benefits to having a clean home:
- Relieves stress
After a hard day at the office or school, the last thing you would want is to enter a topsy-turvy household. It increases stress levels because everything is in disarray and you are confronted with the arduous task of sorting out the mess. More work for the weary!
- Keeps everything organized
Whether you are rushing out for work or school or trying to relax by curling up to a good book, nothing messes up your plans than having to look for things. Cleaning your home means organizing items and knowing where these are located. Searching for items at the last minute is very stressful and wastes valuable time.
- Promotes a healthy environment
Regular dusting, vacuuming and mopping helps decrease the amount of allergens in the air, controls the growth of mildew and prevents the risk of cross-contamination. Your home should not only protect your family from outdoor elements but from indoor contaminants as well.
Despite these benefits, most people do not prioritize home cleanliness. They believe that if the house is reasonably maintained and presentable, there is no need to conduct regular cleaning activities. While aware of the existence of allergens, some people tend to believe that the situation isn’t as bad as expected. Their mindset is, “If I can’t see it, it’s not there.” And that is where problems begin and when unattended can grow to become a potentially hazardous situation.
Other excuses include lack of time or fatigue. These are probably the worst excuses you can think of for not keeping your house clean. Put it this way, there are 24 hours in a day; 16 to 18 of which you are awake. Regular cleaning activities will not take up more than 30 minutes to one hour of your time. If you are tired from work, do most of your cleaning in the morning.
In short, there are no excuses! All it takes is effective time management. Here is my daily routine of keeping my house clean everyday:
- When I wake up, I fix the bed right away. I would know the night before if the covers, cases and blankets have to be washed. If so, I will remove them and place them in the designated laundry bin.
- After taking a shower, I do a quick mop up of the bathroom floor to remove as much water as I can. This prevents molds from developing within the tile grouting.
- On my way out of the room and heading toward the dining room area, I make sure to bring a disposal bag with trash collected from my bedroom. I will place the bag in the correct trash receptacle.
- I make it a point to clean as I go when preparing breakfast. My usual fare is eggs with bacon and toast. Eggs and bacon are prepared raw and carry potentially dangerous bacteria such as salmonella, e-coli or campylobacter. All food preparation tools are placed in a separate sink basin with anti-bacterial solution. I wipe the countertop clean of spills then apply an anti-bacterial solution.
- Once I finish breakfast, all dishes are cleaned in a high-heat dishwasher. While the dishes are washing, I do a quick sweep and mop of the kitchen floor. It is important to keep kitchen floors clean and sanitized because drippings from raw food can contaminate other areas in the house.
- If there is laundry to be done, I start the wash cycle before I prepare my breakfast. This does not take more than 10 minutes to sort out. By the time the wash cycle is complete, I am done with my breakfast and transfer the laundry for drying.
- Before leaving for work, I check up on the laundry. Once dry, I will set them aside in their respective bins.
- When I get home, I remove my shoes and place these inside a well-ventilated shoe cabinet which is located near the door but considerably far from the living room area.
- I will proceed to my room where I will remove all soiled clothing and place them in the correct laundry bin. A 10-minute shower and a quick mop up of the bathroom floor area and I’m ready for dinner.
- Dinner follows the same “clean-as-you-go” procedure as breakfast. Counter tops are wiped clean, floors are mopped and dishes go through the dish washer.
- I do a quick 10 minute sweep of the dining and kitchen floor to make sure there is no food debris to attract pests and vermin.
- Lastly, I make sure to always put things back to where they belong.
Other activities such as vacuuming and taking out the garbage are done on separate days. I do vacuuming at least three times a week and two of these days fall on a weekday usually when I am not doing laundry. Garbage disposal will depend on the garbage collection schedule.
Keeping your house clean is not as difficult as you think. You just need to commit yourself to the process. Eventually, you will have to hire professional cleaning services to ensure total cleanliness especially if you carpets and upholstery in your homes. You might want to have a look at the services from CarpetCleanGoldCoast.com.au. Maintaining a daily cleaning routine will make living in your home easier, more convenient and healthier.