Yes. I write a blog called A Simply Clean Home and I think housework is boring.
Don’t tell me you disagree. I know you hate it too.
What, did you think because I write this blog that my home is spotless and I’m a happy little homemaker?
Today before my husband left for work, he asked me what my plans were for the day.
“Oh, I’ll probably just clean the house.”
Except I didn’t.
I vacuumed, sort of cleaned the kitchen, and folded a load of towels I washed last night.
You know what? The dryer was still running at 1:00 a.m. when I got up to let the dog out. Gasp!
So they didn’t get folded and put away until today!
Yep, that’s how I roll sometimes.
And if you saw my Facebook post earlier this week, you might have noticed my clothes in a laundry basket in the living room. They were near the stairs but they hadn’t made it up to my bedroom yet.
What’s the Point?
I think that one of the reasons housework is boring is because it’s mindless work. You don’t need to engage your brain to scrub a bathtub or vacuum the floors.
Not only that, but it’s never-ending. I washed down the kitchen counters this morning and they need it again. I vacuum daily and sometimes an hour later, the floor has dog hair on it.
How many times have you cleaned a room and found it trashed a little while later? And a bathroom only stays clean if no one uses it.
You will never, ever be caught up with the laundry unless you make your family walk around naked for an unspecified amount of time. The clothes they are wearing will need washing again.
And let’s face it: housework is a thankless job.
No one notices if you do it, but they will if you don’t.
And notice I said “you”. Cause we know who is responsible for keeping the house clean, regardless of whatever else you do.
“Oh, you’re a brain surgeon? So when do you do the housework?”.
What Can We Do?
The way I see it, there are three different options in front of us:
- Hire it out
- Try and get everyone to help
- Learn to do it quickly and efficiently
I know nothing about hiring someone to clean my house, and while there have been times that I’ve been tempted, it’s just not for me. Besides, I’d be tidying the house up before she got there.
As far as getting everyone to help, I’ve had success with that. It didn’t happen overnight, but it happened.
My kids were used to having me home when they were younger, so when I did go back to work part-time, I gave them each a job to do. We went through a lot of towels in our house and keeping up with the laundry was a problem.
I think they were between the ages of 8 – 12 when they each started doing a load of towels a week. They were already in charge of keeping their rooms clean.
I wrote down the instructions, specified the number of towels to be washed per load, and assigned each child a day. Done.
Learning to do things quickly and efficiently is what this blog is about. And hopefully solving the housework is boring problem. Maybe.
And just to be clear: sometimes we all just need a break. The house will wait, everything will still be there tomorrow (unfortunately).
Quick, Easy, and Entertaining?
When I get in the mood to really clean the house – tackle everything and just do a deep clean – I want everyone out of the house. Then I put on some good music, hope for sunshine, and get busy.
With all of the COVID-19 stuff the last few months, getting everyone out of the house is not only unlikely, it’s not safe, either.
And we’ve had our share of sunshine, but somehow sunny and 90° doesn’t work.
But what about grabbing your phone, or Alexa, your bluetooth speaker, or whatever you use, and blasting some feel-good, energizing music? Or sticking your earbuds in and listening to a good podcast?
That’s a sure cure for the housework is boring blues!
I also use cleaners that smell nice. That makes the job more pleasant for me.
Now I know I keep preaching the same thing, but I do that because it’s the truth and it works.
Want to make your cleaning quick and easy?
Well, you know I think you should start with a good decluttering, but you don’t have to. You can just clean around it and still make good progress.
Wiping down the bathroom and kitchen daily is a must. Yes, I know they’ll be dirty again in no time, but wiping out the toothpaste in the sink at 9:00 a.m. will save you having to scrape it off hours later. And don’t forget a little cleaner in the toilet, a quick wipe down, and swishing the bowl. Some fresh towels and you’re done.
A Quick and Easy Daily
Now despite confessing that I didn’t do much today in terms of housekeeping, I do have a sort of daily list that I try to get done most days.
Here it is:
- Make the bed. I make ours; everyone else is on their own. And I keep it simple. Right now, I have a couple of quilts on the bed. In the winter, I add a comforter. Nothing fussy.
- Bathrooms and kitchen. After dinner, the food gets put away, the sinks and counters wiped down and the stove, if it needs it. Trash is taken out and towels are switched to clean ones. I would love to say I sweep the floor too, but I don’t.
- Vacuum the floors. I have a stick vac that I use most days because it’s fast and easy. For a better clean, I’ll drag out the big one once a week or so.
- Dust with a microfiber cloth if needed.
- Unload, load, and run the dishwasher.
- Do a general pickup and put things away.
All of this shouldn’t take you more than an hour to an hour and a half a day. And if that’s too much, because you work, then scale it down and make it up on your day off.
I didn’t include making dinner in there. That adds in about another half hour.
I’m very fortunate; since his sister passed away, my son has taken it upon himself to make dinner each night. I help plan and do some of the work, but he handles most of it.
What Do You Need?
Now that we’ve agreed that housework is boring, but we have to do it anyway, what else can I do for you to help you out?
A daily and weekly plan? A checklist? A course on housework 101? Let me know by commenting below!
By the way, do try music, a podcast, or even an Audible book while you work. It will make things so much better!