We have had a full house with the quarantine and have been eating in every day, plus trying to keep the house clean with 5 people inside 24-7. Keeping your household running might sound like a nightmare, but if you keep on top of things, then it can actually be quite simple to do. I don’t want you to be going out of your mind with worry trying to keep everything going, so here is some advice on how you can do this smoothly.
Everyone Should Help Out
The first thing that you need to realize is that everyone who lives in the house should be helping out. This means that you shouldn’t be the one completing all the chores on your own, and you shouldn’t allow this to be the case. This will build up a sense of resentment and anger. If it helps, you can make a chore wheel that allows everyone to know what is expected of them and what they should be doing to help. Part of the mess is going to be their mess, and for as long as they live in the house, they need to pull their weight. My “kids” are now 21, 19 and 15 but the same thing goes for children, although they should be doing smaller, simple jobs rather than anything too much.
Keep It Clean
If you do small, daily tasks to keep your home clean, then you’re not going to have that overwhelming and daunting task of cleaning an entire messy house at one time. Vacuuming the house, making sure dishes are put away, not leaving clothes everywhere, and other small daily tasks like this all contribute to keeping the home clean and tidy. In my home, we all do our own laundry and although I cook the meals every evening, our kids do the dishes afterwards and it keeps the kitchen clean and tidy. As far as a good clean (bathrooms, kitchen, etc) I divide it up and tackle one floor at a time and not both in one day. It makes it less overwhelming. Again, the kids change their own beds and take care of their own spaces (with a little nudge!)
Hire Help When Necessary
If you need some help that you can’t get from the people in your home, then you need to hire someone to do the job for you. For example, if you need refrigerator repair services, then you need to contact a company that can take care of this for you. Making sure that your home has everything in working order is important because you never know what is going to become a hazard. If a wire is loose, then this could become a fire hazard, and this is extremely dangerous. Search online for a company to sort your problem for you, and then you won’t have to worry about it anymore.
If you want to try and fix it yourself, then go ahead, there are plenty of guides online to aid you. But, if it’s complex, then it’s best to leave it to the professionals in case you make it worse. We are hiring an electrician to install a ceiling fan and fix a few issues in the house. We don’t mess with electrical unless it is pretty simple.
It is important to me to have a clean home that is somewhat organized. I am not a “neat freak” but if my home is untidy, it makes me stressed. We all have too much stress lately with everything that is happening in the world and it is important to have your own home make you feel calm and secure.
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