Everybody has an irritating friend whose house is always spotless. You can turn up unannounced, and still, they won’t be a trace of dust on the shelves or greasy fingerprints on the fridge door. And we all know how stainless appliances are: They’re a magnet for fingerprints.
On the other end of the spectrum, there’s us, the mere mortals struggling to cope with everyday cleaning. Friends who come unannounced will have to deal with the muddy shoes left by the kids in the hall, the dust under the dining table, and the collapsed basket of laundry in the bathroom. You shrug. They’re friends, after all, they came to see you, not to inspect the property. But, deep inside, you still wish your home could be effortlessly spotless. How do other people do it?
Finding help saves you time and trouble
First of all, there’s no reason why you should be doing all the cleaning. After all, you can find a cleaning professional to help you maintain the house. You might even want to consider getting in touch with a licensed maid agency to keep your home clean and tidy when you’ve got guests staying over, such as for Thanksgiving or even during the Christmas holiday. Having someone you can rely on to clear up the mess and lend you a hand when you need it most can give you the breathing space you need. Ultimately, you don’t want to turn into that OCD hostess who runs around with a little broom and a sponge! Making sure your home is welcoming is your job, while the cleaning team can do the rest.
Don’t clean just the surface
There are some underlying issues in every home. Tackling them can be time-demanding, but it is necessary if you want to maintain a spotless interior. Mold, for instance, is a frequent problem in areas where you’ve got excess moisture, such as the basement or the bathroom. Preventing mold by tackling leaks and improving your ventilation system can be a game-changer. Your interior will smell fresher and be easier to maintain.
Make it a family matter
If you have children, you need to be clear about chores. Everybody lives in the same house, and therefore everybody should play their part when it comes to cleaning. You can encourage your kids to keep their rooms tidy, for instance, by teaching them to care for their toys and belongings. You can also set up short tidying and cleaning time throughout the week. When everybody helps, it’s easier to keep the house clean and inviting.
Sometimes you need to set priorities
Finally, depending on your lifestyle, you might find it more challenging to maintain your house. Ultimately, your friend with the spotless home may not have young children running around, or she doesn’t have any dog who leaves hair everywhere on the floor. You have to be realistic about what you can and can’t do. You can’t expect your kids and pets to follow strict rules of conduct indoors!
How does your friend keep an effortlessly spotless home? She might have a few tricks up her sleeves, starting with professional cleaning support! But, ultimately, you’ll find it easier to divide to conquer. Work in a team with your family!