Vileda got in touch to see how I manage to fit cleaning into my busy lifestyle, so here are my top tips that really help me to keep on top of life and get everything done.
1. Choose the right cleaning products
I make my life easier by choosing products that make cleaning quicker, the quicker I get the cleaning done the more time I have for doing all of the nice things!
For daily mopping I like to use a spray mop like the Vileda 1-2 spray mop this means it’s just ready in the cupboard for me to grab and mop with – perfect for keeping on top of a messy floor in-between a proper weekly mop, no need to fill a bucket – just spray and mop, great for cleaning away muddy footprints or spills and just keeping the floors looking clean.
Using a cordless vacuum cleaner makes life so much easier and quicker – just whizz around the entire downstairs in minutes.
Choosing cleaning products that can be used on multi-surfaces helps me clean quicker, it’s easier than keep switching products and makes cleaning faster.
Get the house organised – I’ve made sure that every room in the house is organised, everything we own has a place so that everyone knows where it is and where it goes back when it’s finished with. Keeping organised saves just so much time, it’s quicker to find things, it’s quicker to tidy up and cleaning an organised, clutter free, tidy house is just so much faster.
3. Get in a routine and don’t be lazy
Work out a cleaning and housework routine that works for you – I manage best if I get up early and do 30 minutes cleaning every morning before I take the kids to school or start work. To make sure I get through the housework quickly I do set a timer, this motivates me to crack on, stop procrastinating and just get stuck in. This means I don’t miss any family time and the house stays clean because I do it every day – it’s more maintenance than a big clean. Typically in around 30 minutes I can get the following done….
- One load of laundry in the machine
- Bathrooms cleaned – quick clean of bath, sink, toilet, windowsill and mirror with antibacterial spray.
- Kitchen worktops and table wiped with antibacterial spray.
- Kitchen sink cleaned.
- Dust and polish furniture
- Make beds
- Vacuum downstairs.
- Mop downstairs.
Then I’m only left with daily laundry and ironing and also a weekly deep clean of the bathrooms and kitchen and a proper (as in vacuum under everything, pick everything up etc) mop of all the floors – which don’t really take that long. I use the Vileda SuperMocio mop and bucket for this as it just cleans so well – you can check out our review of the SuperMocio here and see for yourself how good it is!
I also do a big spring clean and another big clean around November – this is a total top to bottom clean, the kids have to get involved, everyone goes through their belongings and empties their rooms, sorts out unwanted things and helps out cleaning. Doing this means that the rest of the time cleaning and housework is just a quick and easy thing.
It’s also important to get the family on board – so you don’t have all the work to do – get the kids to put clothes in the dirty laundry basket, put away their own ironing, tidy up after themselves, make their own beds – and help out with any cleaning chores that need doing – everyone pitching in means more family time. Getting the kids to help out is super important, not only does it mean the chores are completed quicker, but kids are going grow into adults and if they’ve helped out with household chores and cooking from an early age, then they’ll be great at it when the time comes to stand on their own two feet.
I do offer pocket money and incentives to the kids for helping out – so in our family, this includes, pocket money, screen time or sometimes clothes, apps, make up and treats like cafe trips, movie nights, mini picnics in the garden or a favourite dinner – I find kids are happier to help out if they can achieve something at the end of it.
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