As a busy working mum, I find juggling life between home and work quite tricky. One week I think I’ve got it sorted and it all runs like clockwork then the next it all goes to pieces. I don’t seem able to find a good system where I stay on top of home life so that I’m able to concentrate on my work. Working at home has its advantages but I also find that being at home, I get easily distracted by chores I haven’t done. So my 5 easy ways to better housekeeping are ways for me to on top of things to feel relaxed and able to focus on my work. Maybe they would work for you too.
Make a Plan:
This is the key element to my system, I’ve made a daily plan, dividing up the jobs and breaking them down into manageable daily chunks. It looks something like this:
- Monday – laundry || vacuum downstairs
- Tuesday – Order food || Tidy upstairs
- Wednesday – laundry || Cleaner day
- Thursday – Bins out || Clear paperwork
- Friday – laundry || vacuum upstairs
- Weekend – change beds
Ok I’m going to admit it: I have a cleaner. Best decision I ever made, and some of the best money I spend. But in order for her to be effective we still have to do our bit in the week, and part of my plan is to vacuum more regularly.
I’m actually the proud owner of this new Oreck Magnesium RS which I’ve been trying out for a few weeks now. If you don’t know Oreck, they’re an old US company who make premium vacuums for people who like their products to last. After the house renovation killed off our last vacuum, I was keen to try something new.
This one is light and powerful and so easy to use. I absolutely adore how it swivels allowing you to get to the most awkward of spaces, and right up against the skirting. Another great feature is the double power selector, so I can knock down the suction and vacuum my kilim rug without it getting sucked up. It’s worth noting though that it doesn’t come with any accessories so whilst it is very light and portable you’ll need something else for the stairs.
Overall I’m really pleased with it, it definitely does a great job and is built to last. So in theory it should make my vacuuming ritual much easier to achieve and more likely to be sustained.
I am often behind with my laundry. Never enough socks and the PE kit is often washed last-minute. So part of the plan is to be more organised and do it more regularly, involving the children too. I have an amazing new washer which is really easy to use, and I’ve also tried out this brilliant new Brabantia Wallfix dryer. One of the reasons I get so behind is a lack of space to dry the clothes indoors, so I’m getting better at hanging them outside. (This dryer can also be mounted indoors if you have the space!).
I love this new dryer because as you can see, it hangs on the wall, just outside the back door. Busy lives need easy to manage solutions and having this just a few steps outside is perfect when you don’t have time to walk through the garden to hang up the washing.
It doesn’t rotate like other dryers and is a little smaller than my old rotary BUT it’s plenty big enough, particularly if I’m on top of the laundry like I plan to be. It was really easy to fix to the wall too, and is incredibly sturdy, and so much easier to open up than my old line.
I also love that Brabantia have a split laundry basket so the clothes can be colour sorted in advance of doing the laundry; one less job to do when it’s washing time.
The Wallfix dryer retails for around £150 with the grey mount box.
I’m a terrible hoarder of post. In fact, I often don’t even open it – it’s a very bad habit. So I’m creating a better system. I have an in-tray and an out tray. In for that which needs opening, and out for that which needs actioning or filing. Then one day a week I’m going to clear both trays. Great in theory, let’s see if I can keep it up. I’ve also got myself a new Personal Planner which is helping me keep track of tasks as they come through the post.
So I think it’s really important to involve the whole family in all this, and so I’ve devised a rota, dividing up the chores and giving the children in particular specific tasks. Jobs like making beds, emptying the dishwasher, putting on their laundry, putting food shopping away and so on are now part of their weekly routine, helping to lighten my load.
Do you have other ideas for better housekeeping? I’d love to hear your ways and methods of keeping on top of the housekeeping tasks.
Disclosure: I was sent the Oreck and the Brabantia Dryer to review as part of this post, free of charge. All words and opinions are genuine and honest; thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible.