Tips To Help Save Yourself Work
Use heavy duty mats at your front and back door to catch the dirt before it comes into the house. (Don Aslett, American’s number one cleaning expert says that if you invest in good mats it can save 80% of the dirt before it enters the house. This alone can save you time and work).
Spray shower down with shower cleaner. Do something else for 15 minutes. Let the cleaner work for you. Then rinse.
If you have more than one bathroom, keep cleaning and paper supplies well stocked in each each bathroom.
Check vacuum bags periodically. Remember as the bag fills, the suction becomes less powerful.
Keep a laundry bag in closet to store items that need to be dry-cleaned. Next time you have to do errands, you won’t have to search for clothing that needs to be dry-cleaned just grap the bag.
My son tells me, “Many hands make light work!” When there is work to do, he gives his four children different assignments. It amazes me how fast he can get things done with everyone pulling together.
Enlist others to help!!!
Teach your children to clean out the car once a week. Even toddlers can clean the garbage and toys out of the car. Older children can help wash the outside of the vehicle.
Delegate certain daily chores to various family members. Example: Empty dishwasher before you go to bed.
Children who are 2-4 years of age can do simple chores such as putting their toys away and putting laundry in the hamper.
Children who are 4-7 years of age can do larger chores such as setting the table, making their beds and putting the dishes in the dishwasher. They can also to some outdoor chores such as watering plants, pulling weeds, and raking leaves.
Children who are 8-10 years of age can do larger chores such as washing the car, washing dishes, dusting, and vacuuming.
Children who are 11 years of age and older can do more difficult chores such as preparing dinner, taking out the garbage, mowing the lawn, and shoveling snow. At this age, they are old enough to vacuum the entire house.
Don’t expect children to help in the right way, if you haven’t shown them and taught them. Once you have taught them, don’t complain or nag if their jobs are not done perfectly! When you nag and complain, your helpers will give up helping. They will get the idea that they can never measure up to your standards.