This month has seen some big changes in our house. I have actually managed to keep on top of the housework. It also coincided with the school holidays so it hasn’t been an easy task to keep on top of things and it did fall to pieces one week (the week P1 was away with her Grandparents) but we swiftly put things back on the right track. I wanted to share the things I do now as I was asked about it recently over on Instagram.
For starters, I decluttered everything focussing mainly on the kitchen but I ventured into the lounge and upstairs too. The kids drawer full of plates, bottles and other bits was hit hard with my organising. I donated a whole shopping bag of bits and bobs for kids to charity. We now only have the essentials in there and nothing there as a “just because”. All kitchen cupboards were sorted, cleaned and moved about to become more functional. Our kitchen work surface was also completely cleared and looks so much better too. We also bought some new storage units for the lounge with drawers in which make everything look much nicer to the eye.
My work surfaces are tidied up throughout the day, mainly the mornings as for some reason I always come down to very random wrappers on the side or drinks (Hubby). I then clean the surfaces with Dettol Surface Cleanser. I feel so much calmer knowing that my surfaces are always clean. I use the spray after every single meal preparation I do, every time I wash up and if anything spills.
Doing the simple decluttering has enabled me to keep things not only tidy but clean too. I hold my hands up to being awful at actually cleaning the house. Keeping it to just the washing up and work surfaces or doing the bathroom once a month. I know disgusting. Well now it’s all very manageable and easy to keep on top with. Each morning I wash up any dishes left from the night before (I hate standing there washing up in the evening when it eats into my “me” time), I then dry it all up and put the stuff away rather than leaving it to air dry and using it from the drainer. Then I’ll use some Dettol Power & Pure Multi Purpose Kitchen spray all over the sink, scrub and then dry with a cloth. I do this after every meal except the very last one of the day. This keeps me on top of the washing up and also gives me piece of mind that not only is my sink sparkly and clean ready and waiting, it also looks fresher.
I’ve also been keeping my window sill really clear. I need to make it a weekly routine to buy some supermarket flowers because they really brighten up my day when I stand and wash up. We’ve also got a new gadget in our kitchen too that I needed to find space for so it has taken pride of place on the window sill near to the sink. It’s an automatic hand soap gadget which is great for mucky children or food prep and also keeps germs at bay!
Our house is busy. We have family visit, three children treading grime across the floor. I do feel quite lucky that the whole of our downstairs is hard floor and not carpet as it gets the most traffic. Every morning I hoover throughout. Every afternoon just after lunch I hoover throughout. Every evening just before bed when P1 helps to pack away any toys, I hoover. Yes I know, I used to sweep once a day but since getting Henry it’s been so easy to just whip him out and hoovering downstairs takes 5 minutes. I mainly have to do this because P3 eats on the floor, that sounds really bad when I write it down, but we don’t have a dining table and the kids sit on the sofa with dinner trays and P3 on the floor. So I have to make sure everything is super clean. I spray the entire floor with Dettol Surface Cleaner once a day, but also clean up the area she eats before and after she eats too.
Heading upstairs and things change quite a bit. For one, it’s completely carpeted except the bathroom. It also gets less traffic again except the bathroom. Oh and the bathroom is my biggest hate when it comes to housework. It’s our smallest room yet take the longest time to clean! Each morning I wipe the toilet seat and sink with Dettol Power & Pure Advance Bathroom Wipes. This is a new addition to my cleaning routine as I’ve only recently got these wipes to review but they will most definitely slip their way in our future shopping basket because they have made it much easier to keep on top with bathroom cleaning. The floor, shower and mirror all get cleaned once every two weeks now which is such an improvement to before when I’d pretty much just clean it when it was filthy because it was a chore I tried to avoid at all costs. Thanks to the wipes I feel more satisfied that the bathroom is fairly clean the majority of the time. I really want to up this to once a week and maybe schedule it in for a Sunday.
I hoover once a week upstairs too. Hubby does this generally but I’m trying to remember to do it every Sunday before bedtime. Every day we tidy up all toys upstairs which over the weekend is generally more but during the week it’s just an odd car or some books here and there. I really need to sort the girls bedroom ahead of Christmas (sorry I mentioned the C word already) as it’s all a little messed up as their room is so tiny. Each morning I gather clothes that have been left on the floor and put into the perfectly hanging wash basket that’s there all the time. We try to keep on top of the clothes washing being five of us but it tends to happen dependent on when the basket is full which then makes folding and putting away a huge task. I really want to do one load each day, tumble dry, fold and put away each evening.
Dusting, changing of bins and general tidying happens as and when. I do quite enjoy dusting as the polish smells delicious. I have found that since changing my habits and becoming more house proud I have seen myself getting irritated by mess and dirt. I actually freak out slightly and I’m so glad I’m adopting this feeling towards my home finally. I lacked it for so long. Our house is nowhere near a show home, that’s for when the kids move out, but it is cleaner and functions much better for our family. One downside of keeping a house organised and clean is that I am finding less time to blog, sit down with my Cosmo magazine and spend proper quality time with the children at home during the day, however we are out a lot so I make up for that bit in other ways.
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