1 Don’t think of it as Housework, use a different term to make the whole issue easier on your mind – try Homing instead.
2 When you make the decision to get cracking on the cleaning and estimate the job will take half an hour, give yourself a full hour and that way you won’t get stressy as you are doing it and start resenting wasting your time if it does take a bit longer than you had first anticipated. If it takes less time, you will be really thrilled.
3 Straighten your bed every morning, you don’t need to go in for the whole Hospital Corners routine, but just by straightening out the covers and having it ready to hop into at night will make you feel so much better at the end of the day.
4 Go natural with your cleaning and household products as far as you possibly can. You will be helping yourself, your pocket and the environment, and if there is just a wee bit of extra elbow grease involved, well you are working on your biceps too!
5 Always clear the sink before bed time. Coming down to a kitchen that is cleared and ready for action in the morning is far more calming than rushing into a kitchen piled high with old plates and dirty cups and thus not being able to get yourself breakfast quickly and easily.
6 Spritz & Swipe every day in the bathroom (spritz all surfaces with natural cleaner and wipe over), it’ll keep things fresh and save ages when you do a proper clean once a week.
7 Only bring out what you need for any task and put it away when you are finished. You are not a toddler who needs to have all their toys out at once.
8 Delegate tasks if you are living with other people, even the youngest kids (well okay not that young) can do something to help, and they will very often be only too happy to do so. Sometimes we become martyrs to the home and forget that other folks can do their share too. Don’t nag just ask – nicely.
9 The Take Ten rule; You can do anything for just ten minutes, after-all it is not long, but you will be amazed at just how much you can get done in that time. Iron a couple of shirts, wash up the supper plates and put them away, hoover the living room, things like that. Break things down and Just Do It!
10 Keep a sense of humour. You live in a Home, be that a rented flat, a cottage by the sea, a town house or huge pile in the country, not a magazine spread – there is no such thing as perfection.