Get Help With Cleaning

Keeping up with housework can seem like a never-ending battle until you develop a plan and enlist some help to get on top of it.

It seems like we can never find enough time to get all the household chores done. In most families, both the mother and father work. Even if you are single, you probably try to work excess hours to buy things that you need, or to save money for a house. Many people go to church, bowl, play golf, and play bingo or do other recreational activities, all of which usually cost money and take time. Cleaning work often gets put on the back burner, and sometimes it doesn't get done at all. One of the best ways to tackle the house when you get around to it is to ask for a little help.

If you are a married couple and have small children, both spouses should pitch in. It is hard to clean and have a young child holding onto your apron strings, wanting you to feed or change her. You can't leave the child alone while you are in the other room doing dishes or mopping the floor. Young children can get into trouble very easily. The couple needs to work together so while one is cleaning and fixing dinner the other can watch the children and give them baths and change their clothes. If you both have demanding jobs, you might want to hire someone to come to your home a couple times a week and help with the cleaning. You can check local bulletin boards and see if there are any people in your neighborhood who do cleaning part-time. Maybe a teenager you know might be looking to make extra money. Once you find someone who works hard, someone that you can trust, try to provide enough work to keep the person busy on a weekly basis so he or she will continue to help out rather than drift away to another job.

If you have teenage children, paying for housework is a good opportunity for teaching them the value of money. They can learn to be responsible for themselves and their home environment. Everyone feels better when they work for money and not when it is given to them. If you have two children and you pay them to work two hours a day, five days a week, you should have a cleaner house. Make sure you tell the kids that they will not get paid for cleaning their own rooms, as everyone should take care of themselves without cost. Make a checklist of what they are to do each day, and once a job is done, check it off as a visual record of work that is completed.



Guys who share an apartment should sit down and make an agreement on whose turn it is to clean the house that week, and what jobs should be done. A posted checklist with assigned dates may be helpful. Otherwise, it is not uncommon for roommates to leave the housework undone and to blame others for the mess. The list will clearly point out whose turn it is for each task. Working roommates can hire someone to come in to clean weekly and split the bill.

Don't let housework accumulate to the point that you feel overwhelmed or resentful. Make a few requests and get organized so that several pairs of hands share an assortment of tasks to be sure things get done when and how they should. Everyone will breathe easier as a result!

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