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Help with Housecleaning

08/28/2017 12:40PM ● By Digital Media Director

By: Andrea Conover, 'Hood Magazine

We’ve rounded up a few tips and things to consider before you decide to throw in the towel, literally.

1)      Got kids? They can help.

a)      It can seem simpler to let your kids occupy themselves while you take care of housecleaning, but bringing their skills into play is beneficial, not only for you, but for them as well. No matter how old your child is, there are household chores that he or she can take responsibility for--from folding laundry to sweeping the floor or mowing the lawn. Helping out around the house instills responsibility in children, and you get a helping hand!

2)      Call in the professionals.

a)      Sometimes, the job is just too big for you (or your kids) to manage on your own, and there is absolutely no shame in that fact. Allowing someone else to step in and get some of your to-do’s taken care of gives you more time to spend on the things you love.

3)      Compartmentalize.

a)      No, not literally (although depending on your situation, some nicely labeled baskets and drawers might do the trick). We’re talking about some mental organization. What are the most important tasks in your household? Do you have pets? If so, vacuuming once a day may be a priority. Or do you have little kids? If so, setting aside time each night to pick up the scattered toys and return them to their rightful places may be a priority. Whatever your situation requires, learn to prioritize those tasks. You’ll probably find that once you cross off the most important things from your to-do list, the rest won’t be quite so intimidating.