I hate doing housework. But I hate a dirty or messy house even more, so when I first got married I decided I'd do as many things as possible in the shortest amount of time. Does anyone else do this? What tips/tricks can you share?
This is my morning routine:
First I put on a load of washing. Then I start in the kitchen. We don't have a dishwasher, so while the kitchen sink is filling with hot water I sweep the kitchen floor. Then I put the glasses and dishes in the sink to 'soak' for a couple of minutes while I make our bed (the hot water soak means it's an easier job when I come back a few minutes later - saves time, instead of standing there scrubbing I just have to wipe them with the cloth). I wash the dishes, then leave them to dry for a few minutes while I tidy the lounge and dining room (clear the toys, books, straighten cushions etc). Then I wipe them up and put them away and move to the bathroom. I make my own cleaning stuff, so I spray it in the toilet, into the bathtub, onto the basin/vanity and vaccuum while I let it work/'activate'. I go back, wipe the bathroom clean, do a quick mop, hang out the washing ... and the cleaning is done. In the afternoon I set aside about 30 minutes to do 'housework' jobs ... each day I do a particular job (ie dust, sort through the desk in the study, organise the kids toys into the right containers, wash sheets, iron etc). I also get the washing off the line and fold it in the early evening.
I've worked out I save heaps of time by 'doubling up' on jobs. Ie if I sweep or make beds or clean the bathroom while the kitchen dishes are soaking, I save time in more than one way. I save 'scrubbing the dishes' time and I also save the time it would have taken me afterwards, to do the job.
Another thing I've noticed is that if I'm really reluctant to do the housework (you know those days
) I can get an amazing amount of things done in 5, 10 or 15 minute slots. If I say to myself 'I'm only going to do 10 minutes of housework' I sometimes surprise myself with how much I get done in that time if I multi-task.
There are always things which take time, though. Ironing. I loathe doing the ironing. Ugh.