30 Apr Spring cleaning tips for busy work at home parents
As working parents, we all know how hard it can be to find time to start spring cleaning and putting things in order around the house. Many work from home parents are already juggling several responsibilities, with work, family, children, and additional commitments like volunteer or community work.
But, there’s no reason to panic about a messy house or a busy week; a little bit of planning can go a long way in keeping the stress and chores from mounting.
Here are a few helpful tips for work from home parents to get started on their spring cleaning this year:
The Power of Planning Right
It’s going to be close to impossible for you or your family to start spring cleaning effectively without first creating a proper plan. Organisation and delegation are key to any successful enterprise, and the same principles apply to cleaning your house this spring. Start by creating an action plan and prioritising the chores by listing them in order of importance. You can go a step further and assign each task to a particular member in your family.
Getting the whole family involved
Spring cleaning is one of the best opportunities you have to start teaching your children about taking responsibility around the house. Also, when your whole family pitches in and you all work together, you not only share the workload but are likely to feel more connected as a family. There’s no rule book that says only the parents are responsible for keeping the house in order. So gather your children around and get them to start rolling up their sleeves. You might just end up having a lot of fun and it could become an annual tradition!
Finding a schedule that suits you
As every working parent knows, it isn’t always possible to stick by a rigid schedule, especially if you have children and both parents are working. But, it is important to have some semblance of a schedule when it comes to a task like spring cleaning. The best advice is to set aside 60-90 minutes a day with a fixed list of chores in mind. When you choose to work through your list is up to you – some people prefer early mornings when everyone’s asleep, others prefer to have company and do it during the evenings. At the end of the day, it really comes down to what works best for you and your family.
Set your own standards of cleanliness
We’re all happier when our homes are clean and tidy, but this can mean different things for different people. Some aspire to have homes like the ones you see in home decor magazines, and while there’s nothing wrong with that, don’t be disappointed if you’re not meeting that standard of perfection. The key thing is to feel comfortable in your own home, so don’t try to resemble someone else’s perception of what a clean home should look like.
Create a cleaning schedule that applies to the rest of the year
One of the best ways to avoid the stress that comes with spring cleaning is to follow a ‘chores schedule’ throughout the year. This could mean anything from setting up a weekly routine for you and your family and assigning specific tasks to each member, or it could simply mean going through a checklist every month to make sure you haven’t neglected any part of the house. Also, another great tip is to declutter throughout the year. Most people wait until spring time to start ridding themselves of unnecessary things, but a good practise is to give away or donate items that are no longer important to your family, every month or every few months.
If you have any tips or tricks that have worked for you over the years, please share them in the comments below.