Friends and family reading this may well be forgiven for thinking who am I to be offering up tips for housework, as it is not entirely unknown that I really don't like doing it. But please bear with me.
A quick discussion with friends reveals that we all have a particular thing which, above all else, makes us feel organised in our space and enables us to sleep soundly at night (small people permitting of course!) My 'thing' is having all the toys tidied away and back in their rightful places at the end of the day. If I can also see the kitchen worktops without a sea of crockery, jobs to do, lists and other abandoned bits and bobs, adorned only with beautiful, shiny appliances, I can go to bed very happy indeed.
Our final ideas revolve around organisation. We have a weekly schedule which details not only all the baby and toddler activities and groups, but also lists the household jobs to be done each day, even the ones which are done day in, day out like dishwashing and laundry. I know a rota sounds very student house, but in reality having everything spread over the week makes it less daunting somehow, and also means all the adults in the house can see what needs to be done at a glance (very useful for getting the husband involved I find!) And hey, if ticking things off gets you going, laminate the thing and do that!
Last of all, we have a multitude of containers throughtout the house where things get tossed when they're in the wrong location, need mending, need up or re-cycling, or otherwise need dealing with. Then set your timer and off you go with your container of oddities to re-assign/deal with. It works for us!
So here's my top tips:
1. Get a cleaner or a self-cleaning house, failing that follow tips 2 to 10:
2. Work out what your control thing is, and ensure that gets done even if nothing else does.
3. Stack your dishwasher, wash up and shine your sink every evening.
4. Do one load of laundry a day, and get one load ironed, folded and put away.
5. Involve your children in chores, a clean, tidy house is everyone's responsibility.
6. Set an oven timer and give yourself a time limit to get the job done.
7. Have a schedule which breaks the chores down over the week.
8. If crossing things off a list motivates you, laminate your lists!
9. Have open containers, e.g. garden trugs, dotted around to toss odds and ends into.
10. Make sure a treat is in sight at the end of your chore time, there are lots of ideas here.
What works for you and your family?
Which is your control area?
(This post is my entry to become a Morphy Richards Innovator.)