Right now, we’re all spending more time at home than ever before. Children are completing schoolwork at home, kitchens are being used for 3+ meals each day, and leisure and entertainment activities are concentrated indoors. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by household tasks, that’s completely understandable! We’re here to alleviate domestic frustrations with some simple tips for keeping a clean home. Now more than ever, it’s important to clean and disinfect our homes in a way that protects our loved ones and promotes the health and wellbeing of our families and communities. 

Stop Germs at the Door

If you don’t already, now is a great time to enact a “no shoes in the house” policy. Dirt, germs, and chemicals can be tracked into your home via shoes. Place a shoe tray near the entryways in your home to encourage friends and family to leave their shoes at the door. Stick to a habit of washing your hands every time you enter your home.

A Place for Everything

If your home is accumulating clutter, it’s probably creating stress for you. Make it easier on yourself to wipe your counters and dust your shelves by decluttering and organizing in key areas of your home, such as the kitchen. Recycle unneeded papers, start a bag of items to donate, and sort everything into the proper drawers.  If each item has a place, your home will stay tidy for longer in between cleanings.

Start a Schedule

Studies show the average American spends up to one hour per day on household tasks. A cleaning schedule can help to make the most of time spent tidying and help to reassure you you’re not missing any key areas when cleaning. Here is a sample schedule:

Monday: Laundry and Dusting

Tuesday: Bathrooms and Vacuuming

Wednesday: Living room and Dusting

Thursday: Bedrooms

Friday: Kitchen

Weekend: Organization and Miscellaneous tasks

Get the Family Involved

Having everyone under one roof creates the perfect opportunity to make housework into a family affair. Create a chore chart of various age-appropriate tasks. Offer small incentives for completed charts that will encourage children to develop good cleaning habits from a young age. Kids of all ages can participate in clearing meal plates, feeding pets, tidying their rooms, picking up toys, and watering plants – just to name a few!

Clean As You Go

Even when following a cleaning schedule, it helps to develop the habit of cleaning as you go. Try to do a daily load of laundry, wipe down frequently used countertops, and spend 15 minutes tidying the house each evening before bedtime. Keep a rag and a spray bottle of cleaning solution (try 3 parts water, 1 part distilled vinegar) in each bathroom. With supplies readily on hand, you’ll find it easier to clean on a whim as needed.

Focus on Items you Touch the Most

Remember to disinfect the most frequently touched parts of your home in order to keep germs from spreading. Regularly wipe down light switches, door handles, drawer pulls, and remote controls with your favorite disinfectant.

Be kind to yourself during this time, while keeping in mind that the effort put into maintaining a clean household will help to cultivate a peaceful and healthy home environment.

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