Sounds good doesn't it? Weekends free of cleaning and general household chores - they can exist! They do exist!
Now I'm not talking about those things that you just can't avoid doing as a weekend progresses, such as unloading the dishwasher or tidying up after dinner. I'm talking about the general cleaning of a household - each room that needs a bit of a dust, hoover, clean the windows or mirrors etc. We all need to keep on top of these things, but many people leave this to the weekends when they have larger chunks of time and they can blitz it all in one go.
However, I feel that spending such a big chunk of time cleaning at the weekends really impacts on how much we can relax and cuts into our quality family time. You may be someone who doesn't worry too much about the cleaning and just gives it the once over every now and then or when you know you have guests coming. However, if you're anything like me you'll like a clean and tidy house to relax in at the weekends, because in all honesty I think we all like the thought of our homes being the calm and relaxing place we need them to be when our lives are so hectic during the week.
For me, a clean and tidy home is a relaxing place to be and if I can enjoy that at the weekends rather than spend my weekend trying to clean it then I'm a happy lady! Well how do I do this I hear you ask? The trick is to do little and often throughout the week. I allocate no more than 30 minutes a day to getting household chores done so that I am chore free at the weekend!
Believe it or not I don't actually enjoy cleaning! Don't get me wrong I love a clean and tidy home, but doing the actual cleaning is not my top choice for fun activities to do. This is why my 30 minute rule works really well. Each day I choose a room to clean and try to blitz it in 30 minutes or less. I have a list of tasks to complete and I try to whizz through them as quick as I can. I have a cleaning caddy box with everything I need to clean any room in the house, so that I don't have to waste any time going back and forth to cupboards to retrieve cleaning products or cloths etc.
If I don't get everything done in 30 minutes then I don't worry about it as I just take note of what I didn't get done and start with those tasks next time I come to clean that room again. You'll be surprised at how much you can get done in 30 minutes, especially once you've been following the method for a while as your house will become cleaner overall as you stay on top of things, so will start to take less time to get the jobs done.
If you feel that you can't possibly squeeze 30 minutes of cleaning into each day or quite frankly haven't got the energy at the end of the day to do this, then why not try to break it up into even smaller chunks? This is why I have a list of written tasks to complete in each room so that I can tick them off as I go along and get them done whenever I have a spare 5-10 minutes. Sometimes I do 10 minutes in the morning before the school run, 10 minutes whilst I'm waiting for the dinner to finish cooking and then a quick 10 minutes straight after the children go to bed so that I when I sit down on the sofa, I can relax knowing I don't have to get up to do anything else!!
When I get to Friday night, I know I can really put my feet up and relax, even when we have guests coming to stay as everything will be done. This really helps to reduce overall stress levels and helps me to feel in control of my home.