Sleep expert, luxury bedding and professional interior designer Jennifer Adams is back to answer your questions and provide some helpful advice! Today, Jennifer responds to a reader’s question about tips and strategies for how to best tackle the ongoing challenge of keeping her home neat and clean:
Help! I’m a Stressed-Out Modern Woman!
First of all, thanks for reaching out to me with your question! The familiar proverb “a man may work from dusk to dawn, but a woman’s work is never done” dates back to the time of the American Revolution. Women’s roles have certainly changed a lot (mostly for the better!) over the past 250 years, but this quote is still every bit as true now as it was then. In fact, today’s woman is perhaps busier than ever before. In addition to holding much greater levels of leadership and authority in business and society, women also still hold primary roles in family caregiving and homemaking. By any standard, it’s frankly a lot for a modern woman to manage, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed if you’re not careful.
This House Isn’t Going to Clean Itself
Thanks to modern technological advancements, some aspects of home cleaning have become a little simpler and easier (e.g., vacuum bots). Even so, a Roomba has its limits, and the rest of the house certainly isn’t going to clean itself. And while a woman’s work may never be done, cleaning the home isn’t something that should just fall on a wife’s shoulders alone. So, how do you motivate your husband to pitch in and do his part to help maintain the home that you both share together?
Making the Case That Cleaning Isn’t Just “Your” Job
If you and your husband both work to support your family, then it’s probably fair to say that you don’t have any more time to dedicate to house cleaning than he does. Here’s one thing you might do to help him “see the light.” Try browsing online for some local home cleaning services in your area; many have their rates posted on their websites. Show your husband how much you’d need to budget for this expense. Let this lead into a discussion of what each of you is willing to do regularly to keep your house clean together. And if you have kids who are old enough to help out, by all means include them in your cleaning labor equation – after all, they live here, too! If you can’t come to a consensus on how to divvy up the chores, you may find the expense of a home cleaning service to be well worth it!
Home Cleaning Service Considerations
Reputable cleaning companies are licensed and bonded for your protection as well as their own. They can visit weekly, every other week, or even just once or twice a year for a big clean if you’re OK with doing regular cleaning on your own. You can certainly start by searching the internet and reading reviews, but a safer bet is to ask your friends and neighbors for referrals of cleaning outfits they’ve used and liked. It’s also not unusual for people to try several different companies until they find one, they prefer.
How Often Do We Need to Clean?
How often you need to clean really depends on a variety of factors, such as how many people live in your house, how many pets you have, your lifestyle and how you use your space, prevailing weather and environmental conditions where you live, etc. To keep your bedroom clean and tidy, start by making your bed and straightening up daily; dust and vacuum at least weekly. Your kitchen and bathrooms should be vacuumed and cleaned frequently for sanitary reasons, as well as for reducing dust and removing allergens. How often to clean other rooms depends in part on the purpose of each room and how frequently you use it.
The Best Way to Keep Your Home Clean
What’s the best way to keep your home clean over time? It really comes down to being proactive, while also having a quick reaction time when immediate cleaning “opportunities” arise. Clean small messes and spills as they happen; putting them off will make them harder to clean later. De-clutter often, and group similar tasks together, like dusting, vacuuming, or cleaning the windows.
Cleaning windows is probably one of the trickiest domestic tasks out there. Your options for shiny and clean windows range from doing it yourself and spending a lot of time to hiring professional cleaners. Whichever you finally decide on, it’s helpful to look at window-cleaning equipment that professionals in the business use. As stand-alone tools and starter kits show, cleaning dirty windows surely is a serious business.
Personalize Your Space
I’d love to hear some home cleaning tips that work well for you, too! And if you’re looking for some more ways to make your home look and feel great, take a moment to check out our Home Décor and Luxury Sheet Sets collection by Jennifer Adams!
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