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Keeping on top of the cleaning: Why house rotas still work in modern times

Those Horrible Household Chores and How to Survive Them

Housework is one of those things that few like but everyone has to do. There is nothing worse than living in a muddle and sometimes it can even be detrimental to health.

Unfortunately, housework has a habit of creeping up on us. Suddenly, the windows need cleaning, the floors are grimy and the fridge needs defrosting. It’s almost as though these things happen overnight. Well, it all looked okay yesterday.

If house chores are mounting up and you’re not sure where to start, it’s a good idea to sit down and make a list of things to do. If you start with the most important things, those things that simply have to be done, no matter what, you have your priorities set.

Choosing a Vacuum Cleaner

The next thing is to ensure you have the necessary items to enable you to carry out these chores. Perhaps one of the essential ones is a good vacuum cleaner which will take a lot of the heartache away from cleaning. If you are planning to buy vacuum cleaners here are some things to consider before you hit the shops.

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Have you a preference for an upright cleaner or a cylinder? Think about how much storage space you have, as they can be bulky things sometimes.

Do you have pets that shed hair? If you have, choose a cleaner that will beat the carpet as it moves over it. This is to lift hair into the cleaner.

Have you got thick pile carpet or wooden floors? Choose a cleaner which has a good selection of tools to enable you to clean in difficult areas or vacuum soft furnishings like chairs and curtains.

Many vacuum cleaners on the market today are designed for multi-floor use. The bagless cyclone types with washable filters are very popular as they are much lighter than other types. Some are cordless, which is terrific for cleaning stairs and awkward nooks and crannies.

Be Rota Sensible

To keep on top of housework, try to keep to a rota. Mark it into things to be done daily, weekly and monthly and keep to it. Daily chores could be making the bed, washing up and cleaning the kitchen. Weekly, you could dust, wash floors and strip beds. Vacuum the house and empty the bins. Monthly chores like cleaning windows, cleaning the oven and dusting the skirting boards will ensure the house is clean from top to bottom.

Having a certain day of the week to clean the bathroom and strip the beds, for instance, is a good idea. While you’re about it, dust the bedroom furniture and clean the bathroom mirror and you’re done for another week.

Follow these simple tips and your house will be gleaming. You’ll never have to rush round in a panic, cleaning up, when friends are due to visit. In fact, your home will be testament to your hard work and diligence and a welcome place to be.