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Home maintenance is a little bit of a struggle. Some people love it and find it therapeutic, while others absolutely hate it and wish they didn’t have to do it. Here, we’re going to talk about ways you can get things done 10x more effectively so you can have more time for things that you really enjoy. Take a look!
I fall into the category of not enjoying home maintenance and cleaning. My husband finds it therapeutic and likes things done a certain way.
If There’s A Task You Really Hate – Outsource It
First of all, think of all of the tasks that you need to keep up with to maintain your home. Thought of one or two that you really hate? Then outsource them. You might think that doing tasks you hate is just part and parcel of life, and while it may be for some people, if you really wanted to you could find a service to take care of them for you. Yes, it will cost you, but what’s more important; saving money, or having more time and avoiding doing the things that you really can’t stand? Whether you need help with your lawn care or you simply can’t stand deep cleaning your oven, there will be a service out there designed to give you what you need. Don’t waste another moment of your life cursing these tasks when you don’t really have to do them.
Sort Out Your Belongings
Before you think about a cleaning schedule, you should set aside a day (yes, a whole day) to sort out your belongings. You probably have a lot of things in your home that you don’t really need/want, and this can mean home maintenance taking far longer than it should. Here are some pointers that will help you to sort out your belongings in the most effective way:
- Rather than sorting things out room by room, do it in order of things you’re least emotionally attached to. Clothes, for example, are often something people feel little emotional attachment to, so they are easier to sort out.
- Mementos and souvenirs should be kept to last so you don’t get distracted.
- You should only keep items if you truly find them useful and love them. They should bring you joy in one way or another. If they don’t, give them away or sell them.
- Do your best to minimize clutter.
- Don’t keep things before you feel guilty if you know you will never use them, e.g. gifts.
You’ll feel so much freer when you have fewer belongings and save a ton of time on tasks like cleaning.
Create A Schedule
Now that you have fewer belongings, you can come up with a cleaning schedule to keep your home in good order. You likely won’t have to spend as much time as you have been on certain tasks now, but you should still stay on top of it by doing a little each day. You could even create a rota if you want to ensure your whole family gets involved. Even small children should have their own tasks. These responsibilities give everybody a sense of ownership over the house and ensure they build great skills for when they are older. You should never feel guilty about giving your children chores, as they will benefit from them in the long run. Don’t be tempted to do them yourself because you are faster or better, as you’ll get sick of doing everything on your own eventually!
Make Sure Your Safety Equipment Is Working
Maintaining your home doesn’t just mean keeping it clean. It means keeping it safe, too. Things like fire extinguishers can be important, so you want to make sure they are in full working order, and check things like the batteries in your alarms regularly. Include these things in your maintenance schedule so you know when certain checks must be done.
Make A Note Of Important Dates
Make sure you have a calendar and make a note of important dates that will help you to get things done. Make a note of when you should be replacing certain appliances – energy star rated appliances last a lot longer than older appliances, so this won’t be too often, but it’s still worth making a note of. You should also be writing down when you may need to do things like clean the refrigerator coils, as failure to do so can waste energy and even cause a fire hazard in your home. When you make a note and schedule it in, you won’t be able to make excuses.
Make sure you’re taking care of your home with these ideas!