So, we’re now well into Lockdown Version 3… how are we all doing? If you’re anything like the team here at Nimble, chances are you’re currently trying to juggle work, homeschool, childcare, cleaning, cooking, tidying… if any of this sounds at all like your situation right now, we want you to take a moment. Stop. Sit down. Take a deep breath. You’re doing an amazing job.
Lockdown is not easy! We’re all on top of each other right now. We can’t go anywhere, the weather is, frankly, rubbish, and we’re all just doing what we can to stay afloat. And, let’s face it, some things are just going to have to move down on our list of priorities for a while. Such a shame we can’t do that when it comes to cleaning!
Staying on top of the housework is so important when you’re in the middle of a pandemic (just when the entire household is stuck at home, creating mess!) but it's not an easy task, that’s for sure. We’ve put together a few tips on how to keep clean and tidy during lockdown. Please do get in touch either in the comments or over on social if you have any tips to share too!
Always make the bed
Don’t start the day before you’ve made the bed. A simple rule, but it really works! Having a neat and tidy bed signals that the day has begun and can be the start of a really simple, quick and effective tidying routine that will set you up for the day. Make the bed, straighten the cushions, tidy clothes from the night before, get the room straight. Help little ones get into this habit too, so that their bedrooms are neat and tidy and ready for bedtime before you even start the day. By the way, it really helps to always get dressed for the day too, as tempting as it is to spend the day in pjs!
Little and Often
Our number one tip! If you see a mess on your way down the hallway, tidy it as you go, otherwise you’ll be walking past (and cursing it) all day. Using the bathroom? Give the sink a quick spritz and wipe, to save you needing to do it later. Making a cup of tea? Empty the dishwasher while you’re waiting. Give the toys a quick wipe while you’re at it too. You get the idea. Breaking the chores up into smaller chunks is a great way to make it more manageable when you’ve got a million and other things to get through.
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If your little ones are old enough to pitch in, then let them! Make it a part of your daily routine for everyone to roll up their sleeves and help out. Reward them if you need to, but just make sure you stay consistent. Once helping out becomes a habit, the whole task becomes a lot easier. Remember our first tip; small and manageable tasks that are age-appropriate are best for kids. For older children, writing down a list of tasks that need completing and letting them choose is a good way to get them involved too.
Declutter once a week
People accumulate stuff! And when said people are all at home most of the time, this ‘stuff’ seems to multiply! Once a week, set aside some time to declutter all those areas where these various bits and pieces tend to gather. Either recycle or tidy. Job done!
Develop a laundry routine
It pays to stay on top of the laundry... ask any busy parent! Having a laundry routine is essential if you want to avoid the whole ‘piles of clothes lying around the house’ scenario. Put a wash on first thing in the morning, get it dry through the day and allocate a sort time in the evening to sort and put it away. Again, if the kids are old enough get them to help. Don’t skip a laundry day, even if it means putting a wash on every day. Once you skip a wash, it can be hard to get back on top of it again!
Keep your cleaning supplies handy
Who says they all have to be stored under the sink? Keep your favourite cleaning supplies where you use them most so that they’re always to hand and you’re not tempted to skip the task because you have to traipse downstairs to get what you need. Please make sure everything is out of reach for little ones though.
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Don’t sweat it - prioritise
Finally, we just want to let you know that while we obviously advocate for a clean and tidy home, it really isn’t the worst thing to have a little extra clutter at the end of the day. Being in lockdown is hard. Spending more time at home is inevitably going to result in a little more mess, so let's make peace with that. Prioritise the tasks that absolutely cannot be avoided like the cleaning of vital areas, laundry, etc. Create a daily to-do list to make sure that the essential cleaning tasks are always done.