9 Feb 2018

How to Win at Housekeeping

It’s never easy managing a household on a budget, no matter what size. There are always new challenges that keep cropping up as well as the usual old nuisances like leaky pipes and draughty windows that are a source of bother.

Not everything about housekeeping needs to be stressful and a drain on your finances.

Here are simple things you can do and changes you can make to win at housekeeping.

Compare prices
From insurance to breakdown covers and energy providers, don’t rely on auto-renew when the time comes to renew these services. The time it takes to compare before you buy is time well spent when you find out just how much money you have saved. If you use oil to heat your home, you will be glad your fuel bills are down because a friend recommended Emo Oil.

De-clutter and organise
So many people start off their home organisation project by heading to their nearest storage solutions emporium and spending a small fortune on fancy boxes and so on. All this means is that you have an excuse not to throw things away because now you have pretty containers to put them in. Chuck things out first – not having shiny new receptacles to hide things in makes you more ruthless. You can then head off to buy your new storage solutions for things you actually need. Read more about how you can spruce up your home on a budget here.

The only way is up
When you think about expanding your storage methods, you probably worry about how much space it will take up. Think vertically – there’s so much wall space available that can be put to great use.

Designate a right-away laundry basket
You’ve already got your whites, your coloureds and your boil-wash laundry baskets, but you still get caught short when it’s PE day at school and the football socks are lost among the whites. What you need is a right-away basket so that anything in it gets done immediately or at least by the end of the day. Of course, you’ll have to train everyone to actually use it, but that’s another story.

Use your dishwasher for more than just dishes
Your dishwasher can clean toothbrushes, hairbrushes, children’s toys and lots of other items. Washing toothbrushes and toys at high temperatures is especially handy if there’s a stomach bug doing the rounds.

Use two doormats rather than just one
One doormat isn’t enough to catch all the dirt, especially if there’s also a lot of water involved. So put one rougher doormat outside the doorstep and a softer, more absorbent one right inside the door.

Shower caddies and organisers aren’t just for the bathroom
They’re really useful in the shower because they can store all those bottles and wash things and keep them falling everywhere. They don’t take up much space either, so try using them in the cupboard under your kitchen sink to store cleaning liquids and the like.

These are a few handy tips to help you around your home. Do you have any tips and tricks you use to keep on top of your housekeeping? Please let me and other readers know in the comments below.

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