How To Keep A Tidy Home When You Have Kids Or Pets
Keeping a clean and tidy home is at the top of all our lists. But it’s not always so easy. If you have pets, you’ll find hairs, chewed carpet and so much more on a daily basis. If you’ve got kids or look after family members kids, you’ll be battling against toys and sticky everything!
I’ve put together some tips and tricks that should help you to stay on top of your cleaning and keep your home looking on top form. You don’t need to be a professional cleaner to follow any of these tips. Simple is best!
A cleaning rota might sound silly and childish, but it can be useful for staying on top of things. Even if you live by yourself, a little reminder to do a bit of tidying up every now and again can’t hurt.
If you have kids, you can get them involved by putting their names on the rota. You might need to encourage them with a prize for getting their chores done!
I would start by thinking about how much you have on in an average day. No one wants to clean the entire house after a long day at work! I’d try something like this:
- Monday – Empty the bins
- Tuesday – Clean the floors
- Wednesday – Do the laundry
- Thursday – Clean the surfaces
- Friday – Do the dusting
- Saturday – Have a break!
- Sunday – Do a deeper clean
The above list is changeable to suit your routine. Add or remove tasks where you see fit. What I’m trying to get at is that if you do a little every day, it’s much easier to stay on top of cleaning. If you let it build up throughout the week, you’ll be much more stressed and less likely to want to get anything done.
Avoid Pet Hair
Pet hair get’s around. It can be almost impossible to get rid of all those extra hairs! If you keep on top picking up hair, it’s much easier to deal with the mess. If you have a fluffy cat, you’ll want to visit www.petfleas.co.uk and look at hairball prevention products.
You could use a lint roller for getting clothes hair free or use damp rubber gloves to pick up hair from furniture. For wooden furniture, a cleaning spray and a cloth should do the trick. If you keep on top of brushing your pet, it can reduce the amount of hair they shed dramatically!
Make Cleaning Supplies
Buying the latest cleaning products can be tempting. They all offer something new, and we all want to reduce the time we spend on cleaning. But, many products come down to the same basic similar ingredients. For general cleaning, making homemade cleaning supplies might be more cost-effective for you.
In a post not long ago, I included some easy recipes for making homemade cleaners. Try them out, they work wonders. Lemon is another excellent natural cleaner. Try using it in the kitchen to disinfect surfaces or to even clean your microwave. It’s even simple to create homemade grout cleaner for your bathroom tiles.
Cleaning The Oven
We all need to eat. Cleaning the oven is the last thing any of us wants to do when your tummy is rumbling. The best way to have a clean and tidy oven is to clean as you go. It’s not always possible and sometimes you’re just in a rush. But, the more you clean regularly, the easier it is to remove tougher grime.
Baking soda and vinegar can make your oven look like it’s brand new. You just need to put some welly into it! If you think you need a deep clean, you might want to invest in an oven cleaner. If it’s particularly bad, you may even wish to hire a professional. Burnt food can be tough to remove.
More of have glass in our homes than ever. It’s not just about windows and mirrors either. Tables, chairs and more look incredibly stylish when they are solid or part glass. As great as it looks, it can be difficult to keep clean. Streaky glass can make a surface seem messier than it is.
To make it easier for yourself, use a spray based product or add a little vinegar solution to a spray bottle. Don’t soak your windows and clean in even strokes. You can buy tools and clothes designed with glass in mind. Tools like this mean that you don’t have to worry about streaks. You can also wipe a glass surface with a sheet of newspaper afterwards to clear up any streaky patches.
Children, pets and even adults all get muddy feet. Especially the children and pets. It’s best to ask people to take their shoes off in your home, this way you can stop the mud in it’s tracks. Have somewhere to keep your shoes to encourage people to take them off. You can even keep slippers around if your floors are cold.
When it comes to pets, you’ll want to clean them before they run through your house. When you know that they’ve been out in the mud, you might want to wipe down their paws and coats.
Before you clean anything muddy, try and remove as much as you can. Mud will only clog up your washing machine or sink. If the mud stain is bad, you might want to leave it overnight. When it comes to carpet, the best thing to do is to leave it to dry. Once the mud is try, it should be fairly easy to sweep it away. Blot the mud stain with a towel to get rid of anything left behind.
As I said, the best way to keep a tidy home is to stay on top of it. I know that’s not a hack or cheat that will do the work for you. But sometimes we’ve got to put in a little elbow grease! Cleaning little and often will help you to get the job done.