When you keep house, you use your head, your heart, and your hands together to create a home— the place where you live the most important parts of your private life.
Housekeeping is an art
It combines intuition and physical skill to create comfort, health, beauty, order, and safety. It is also a science, a body of knowledge that helps us seek those goals and values wisely, efficiently, humanely.
This expertise is learned from practical experience, family values, natural and social sciences, as well as many other stores of information and understanding. Some of this expertise and experience is aimed at keeping the home clean, but cleaning is only a part of keeping the house and a small aspect of modern homes.
Keeping house has always concerned knowing and doing what it takes to make the home a small, living space with the ability to meet the needs of people in their private lives: everything from food, housing, clothing, comfort, and other physical necessities to books and magazines, music, play, entertainment, work, and much more.
1. Setting Up Schedules, Standard and Goals
Beginners should recognize the importance of setting plausible and explicit goals in housekeeping so that they know when they are done. In my experience, the most common cause of dislike of housework is the feeling that the work is never done, that it never gives a sense of satisfaction, completion, and repose. To avoid this, you have to decide what ordinary, daily level of functioning you want in your home. There ought to be a word for this level, but there isn’t.
2. Establish priorities.
Health, safety, and comfort matter more than appearances, clutter, organization, and entertainment. A jumbled closet may distract you, but it is much less urgent than clean sheets, laundry, or meals. Excessive dustiness can be unhealthy as well as uncomfortable; smeary mirrors (usually) aren’t. Clean the rooms you spend the most time in and those where cleanliness is urgent (bedroom, kitchen, bathroom); let everything else go. Polishing gems and organizing your photographs can be put off indefinitely.
3. Saving Time.
The stores are full of “timesaving” widgets and machines and the newspapers full of “timesaving” hints and tips. The widgets rarely live up to the promises, you probably have all the important machines already, and trying to keep house using hints and tips will drive you crazy. You will develop your own individual shortcuts as you develop skills and knowledge.
4. Learning Why.
Whenever you can, learn why you do things one way rather than another. This is what enables you to be flexible, take shortcuts, use substitutes, and make changes that are improvements.
5. Keeping Lists.
- Keep weekly lists of items to purchase and work to do, such as calling people or piano tuners, performing special cleaning activities, returning books to the library, or clicking on buttons. If you find that any supplies are running low or you think it would be useful to get something, write it down on that week’s list.
- Before you go market, search your pantry and refrigerator to see what’s going down. Sit down and have a rough menu for the coming week. Check cookbooks, if necessary, to make sure you have all the ingredients you need in your hand.
- Check your laundry and cleaning supplies to make sure you have everything you need for a week of laundry and cleaning.
- Check for toilet paper, tissues, soap, and toiletries in the bathrooms and bedrooms.
- Check your desk for paper, pencils, pens, and other things you’re using. Then remember to carry your shopping list back when you go to the store.
6. Spare your routines.
Do the basics. Keep the kitchen tidy, the dishes washed, the food, and other necessities stored. Dust and clean only in the bedroom or other places where someone sleeps or spends a lot of time. Keep your beds in new linen. Take a few minutes to scrub the bathroom and its fixtures with a decent cleaner.
7.Stay as neat as possible!
Put things away as you go so that a sense of chaos does not develop.
Rely on foods that take little or no cooking. Use dishes you have frozen.
9. Ask for help
- Hire a house cleaner if you can afford to. If you don’t normally employ cleaning help, have a bonded maid service come in for a day or half a day to do your weekly cleaning. If you can keep up with your weekly activities but not with those that are less frequent, you frequently recruit help.
- Hiring someone to assist with the hard work of spring or fall cleaning is a smart idea and usually inexpensive.
- Pick a teenage neighbourhood you can pay to go to a grocery store or shopping center near you.
- Send out the laundry or hire someone to come in and do it. Try to create less laundry.
If the situation is serious (illness, a new baby, a death), call on relatives, and close friends for help.
The easiest way to keep the house clean is to set up habits and schedules. This can be done piece by piece, little by little; housekeeping is never all or nothing. Chores are tended to only when the resources of one of the household structures are depleted in unsystematic housekeeping: when there are no clean clothes or linen and you go to school/ work in the morning and come back home see stale beds; when it is dinner hour and the cabinet is bare; when it is beyond tolerating dirt and chaos. When you keep your house like this, well before you hit the stage where you want to do something about them, inside complaints and distress begin to be felt. When this is achieved, however, the issues also can not be addressed quickly and nothing guarantees that time or money are available to support your family without reasonable schedules.
11. Daily Routine
In the morning, you clean up the breakfast preparations, straighten up or neaten, air and make the beds, and hang clothes. In the evening, you clean up after dinner, neaten once more, take out the garbage, lock up, and before you go to sleep put dirty clothes in the hamper and hang other clothes.
You’ll wake to a fresh home, return to a fresh home after work, and never have to endure a stale bed, crumbs underfoot, sticky tables and counters, sour smells, fetid air, or grubby sinks, tubs, or showers.
12. Weekly Routine
- Washing and ironing, if any, on Monday
- Market on Tuesday
- Mini cleaning on Wednesday
- Odd jobs on Thursday
- Housecleaning on Saturday morning
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A LIST OF WEEKLY HOUSECLEANING CHORES
- Change the bed linens (once or twice weekly) and bathroom towels (twice weekly or as necessary)
- Vacuum rugs, floors, upholstered furniture, and lampshades Wash all washable floors
- Dust all dustable surfaces and objects, including pictures, mirrors, light fixtures, and light bulbs
- Wipe all fingerprints or smears from doorknobs, woodwork, telephones, computer keyboards
- Wash down entire bathroom: toilet, sink, tub, wall tiles, toothbrush holders and all fixtures, cabinets (exterior), mirror, floor
- Wash all combs and brushes Clean entire kitchen: clean refrigerator; wipe down the stove and other appliances inside and out; clean sinks, counters, and tabletops; extra-thoroughly wash backslashes; scrub floors
- Clean air-conditioner filters and humidifiers according to manufacturers’ recommendations Wash out and sanitize garbage cans.
13. But Is It Homey?
Those new to housekeeping may find themselves wondering if doing all this will really make their homes homey. The answer is that it will.
The mixing of your own work, the aspect of foresight (you did this before time so that this sight, smell, or taste will be available now), the respect provided to small pleasures, and the home as their source — this is right at the heart of the matter.
In places where there are good books, many of us feel at home, not only on shelves but on tabletops or other places where we may want to pause to read in moments of relaxation. A thoughtful selection of books left at their bedside stand is appreciated by visitors.
It’s a cliché, but it’s real that a room that looks like a living space looks cozier. This does not mean that you should be less tidy, but that you should actually be living in your homes. When you talk, read and compose, play music or play games, or sew, you stay at home with traces of its.
These traces then invite people not simply to look but also to be engaged. It makes them feel as though the room exists for people, to live in and do things in. Faked signs of life make the room feel desolate and lonely. Signs of real-life make the room feel comforting and warm.
A mess is such a challenge for so many households that bookshops are selling an incredible number of books on closet design and how to declutter, and magazines are offering stories on the emotional challenges of throwing stuff away.
Closet-renovation service is a huge business; it builds all kinds of complications into your closets, so they can hold even more of your items. With a selection of shelves, drawers, and hanging rods, utilizing space effectively; under bed storage boxes; shelves, and drawers lining the walls, it is worth a look at all these and other storage ideas.
How-to books and experts will provide you with ingenious tips that are truly beneficial. Learning not to buy or keep frivolous items, learning a new collection of habits, habits oriented towards material living, because the possibility is that your present was invented in a world that understood only product scarcity and to remain neat. True success means changing your mind as well as your closets.
This post is for both novices and those experienced in housekeeping, and since housekeeping is a collaborative process, it devotes space to its meaning as well as its methods.