Today I’m going to introduce you to the main concept of the purpose of housekeeping/homemaking, according to Pat.
The purpose of keeping a clean house is to make it a comfortable, safe, attractive home. Notice the change there from house to home? There is no feeling better than walking into a neat, clean smelling home after a hard day at work, or shopping, or just yard work. The only feeling that even comes close is when unexpected company, or your in-laws stop by and you don’t have to worry about a thing because everything is in its place.
In the real world the average homemaker has dozens and probably closer to hundreds of other things that she is doing simultaneously while trying to keep up her home. Multitasking on steroids for sure. For this reason a rigid schedule is nothing but a pressure producer. Some homes are easier to clean than others. A small home with a big family is much harder to keep clean than a large home. A newer home with more durable cleaning surfaces and less wear is easier to clean than an older home with all the inherent problem areas that an older home has.
A clean house even means different things to different people. Some people feel that a house is only clean if it is magazine cover ready. Other people feel that a clean house is a home that has a lived in look and is clean enough that you can comfortably sit down, eat the food prepared there and that the home is free of rodents and other infestations. Most of us are probably between the two examples listed. We wish to have a comfortable, neat home that is clean, but not magazine cover perfect.
Step number one to getting your home clean and keeping it that way is organization. Lets face it, we women are better organizers than men! We have it made in the shade. Remember that organization is key.
Step number two for maintaining a wonderfully clean and neat house is clutter control. We have too many items in our homes. Not only do we have too many, they are all important to us. At first glance it is unthinkable to get rid of any of our precious possessions. We bought them, or received them from someone special. So hard-earned money bought them, some of the items are without a doubt keepers, well that takes care of 5% and at most 10% of our things! What about the rest? Just because we buy something that we thought we wanted and maybe even used 10 years ago is no reason, I repeat no reason to continue to protect, house and clean it until death do we part!
Step number three is prevention. What, you may ask, do I mean by preventing housework? How in the world does one do that? What I mean is simple, pick up as you go along. Put every item back where it belongs when finished with it. What? You don’t have a specific place for this item or that. Remember step one? While you are decluttering- you are also finding a specific home for every item in your home. Throw trash in the trash can, if you see something that is a bit messy, straighten it. Moms, this is NOT only your job. Delegate and follow through. Once your kids are over the age of toddler hood they are capable of helping.
Step number four is the use of professional cleaning methods. The professionals cut the time spent cleaning by a minimum of 50%, but actually closer to 75%. Please note that I said methods, and not professional strength chemicals.
In conclusion the main concept in housecleaning is to have your home a comfortable place to live.