Although chores and house cleaning are not things you place on a list of fun things to do, it’s still an important part of your everyday life. Keeping your house clean is something everyone agrees is important, but sometimes it’s hard to find the motivation to get everything done. It’s easy to want to skip a few chores and relax instead.
While skipping a chore or two sometimes isn’t going to affect your overall cleaning routine too much it’s probably still a good idea to not make it a habit. Luckily there are resources out there you can look to for some great ideas on how to clean your home effectively and (somewhat) painlessly.
From tips to get results that look like carpet cleaning professionals invaded your home, to sites that help you find greener cleaning products there are a lot of places you can turn to. Here are five awesome resources you need to know about before for you start cleaning your house again.
It’s true, this is a valid resource for cleaning your house. All it takes is a few basic searches on this popular website to find home cleaning schedules, routines, and tips that actually do work. Sure, the pictures included are probably not related to the actual results you’re going to get, but the general idea is still a great one.
If you’re having trouble getting things together and organized while figuring out the best way to tackle your house cleaning chores, Pinterest is a great place to start. Look at the boards made by other moms, and even by cleaning experts. You’ll get some great ideas and a little inspiration to get you from “I don’t want to clean” to “I need to try this right away.”
2. Use The Actual EPA Website
The EPA has a section of their site called “Greening Your Purchase Of Cleaning Products” and at first glance, it looks like it’s probably not meant for you. If you dig a little deeper though you’ll see that you can still use the advice they give even if you aren’t a company buying bulk cleaning products.
Using greener options for cleaning your home and even in every facet of your daily life is a hot topic right now. Taking a visit to a website whose sole focus is helping you replace your old products with environmentally friendly (and still effective) options is a great way to change up your routine and make the environment a little happier at the same time.
3. While You’re Thinking About Websites, Use This One Too
The American Cleaning Institute has a website dedicated to giving cleaning tips for all kinds of situations. If you have things to take into account in your home like a child with special needs, a person with a lot of allergies, or really any kind of specialized circumstance this website is made just for you. They focus on giving cleaning tips that will take into account any situation you have.
They even have sections for cleaning tips geared towards parents and pet owners. And if the EPA website was too intimidating to read through, ACI has you covered there too. There are tips about small changes you can make to green up your cleaning routine on their website too. It’s a one-stop shop for any kind of special cleaning situation you can imagine.
4. The “Our Home” App
Have you ever wanted to be able to use an app to tell your whole family what needs to be done and when? This app can do that for you. As long as you make sure it’s installed on everyone’s phone or tablet, and you’re all using the same account, you’re good to go. You can create chore lists, assign tasks and even schedule reminders. This means you are spending less time nagging because the app is doing that for you.
Kids can earn points for completed tasks and even have a light-hearted competition with their siblings to see who can earn the most points. If you’re saving sanity by not spending time nagging, and your kids are motivated to do their tasks because they want the points, is there really a downside here?
The “Our Home” app also lets you do a few other things. You can all add items to a communal grocery list for example. That means the first person to notice you’re out of ketchup can add it to the list and there’s a smaller chance you’ll return home to hear complaints about what you forgot at the store. It’s a really handy app so definitely give it a try.
5. The Power Of The Catch-All Bin
This isn’t really an app or online resource but it’s something many people overlook. It’s still a resource even if it’s something you have to physically place in your home. There tend to be a few high traffic areas in every home that accumulate things. Shoes, bookbags, odds and ends, you name it, it’s probably there.
Put a bin or basket in the area that’s the worst offender. Make sure everyone knows that from now on any discarded items go into the basket and nowhere else. This means your mess is contained (saving you a headache or two) and then you can set a time as a family to put everything in the bin away once a week.
Containing the mess so it’s not looking like your home is cluttered is a valuable way to make sure you aren’t going to lose your mind trying to deal with it every day. Just make sure you don’t let the basket get out of hand by skipping that weekly “put away session” you just saw mentioned. It’ll be worth implementing this new idea as soon as possible.
Cleaning your home is just a part of life. But if you’re looking for ways to make it a little easier you have some good tips here. You can try them out and see what works for you. If something doesn’t make sense for your family just use the tips that do work. After you’ve made a few changes your home will be sparkling and you’ll be able to take a well-deserved rest. Happy cleaning.