Productive and fun housework
Cleaning house is a necessary job that many people dread. But there’s no reason it can’t be fun, productive and provide a good physical workout. It’s all in how you approach the job.
Treat housework like a workout
Make sure there are no distractions. Turn off the telephone and television. This is an appointment with yourself just as important as if you were going to the gym. If you approach your housework this way, you’ll accomplish more and get it done faster.
Put on comfortable working clothes or even an exercise outfit with exercise shoes. Wear cotton gloves to protect your hands. Bring along rubber gloves to wear over them for wet work. Be prepared to work quickly. The housework workout can burn a lot of calories depending on how quickly you move.
Use a bucket to hold your supplies. You’ll need a spray bottle of glass cleaner (straight vinegar works wonderfully and is cheap and environmentally friendly), spray bottle of all-purpose cleaner, furniture polish and three terry cloths – one for each cleaner. Terry cloth rags are the best cleaning rags you will ever find. Just cut up old bath or hand towels into sections large enough to fold over two times into a square. This way you can get more cleaning from the same rag. Simply unfold and refold to reveal a new clean section of the same cloth. Bring your long handled dust mop and vacuum cleaner. Put the cleaners and cloths in the basket and you’re ready to start.
Plan the housework route
If you have two or more floors, start at the top floor. Complete one room and then move on to the next. Use the dust mop to go along the ceiling, corners and the floor. Work from left to right and move from a clean area to a dirty area. Go around the room using the glass cleaner and then the furniture polish where needed.
Use the all-purpose cleaner to wipe marks on walls and to wipe down doors and handles. Doors are often overlooked but they are the first thing people see. Keeping door handles clean helps eliminate germs which could cut down on family sickness.
Efficient vacuuming and dusting
To vacuum, start at the far end of each room and back your way out the door. If you have a large house, you’ll probably find it more efficient to complete the spray cleaning and vacuuming in one room and then move on to the next.
If your house is small with smaller rooms, it may be more efficient to do all the spray cleaning for the entire floor and then do all the vacuuming on one floor. Get a long extension cord to vacuum all the rooms on one floor without having to plug and unplug the cord in each room.
If you have hardwood, tile or other bare floors, you may prefer to use a broom or dust mop instead of a vacuum.
To clean bathrooms, put the mats in the hall to be shaken out and vacuum or sweep the floor. Replace the garbage bag. Put the full bag into the hall.
Spray the cleaner into the toilet bowl and leave it to loosen the dirt and grime while you spray the rest of the bathroom. Vinegar is an excellent cleaner for the entire bathroom. Simply spray the mirror, counter, sink, toilet seat and around the outside of the toilet. Use your cloth to wipe the mirror, counter top, sink and then the toilet seat and outside of the toilet in that order.
You can enjoy housework
Continue with the rest of the rooms in the same manner. Once you have your route planned and your methods perfected, you’ll be moving through your house in no time. Think of housework as a challenge and a way to get in shape and you may actually enjoy it.