Clean up your act and save hours

Encouraging children to clean up their mess will help them learn life skills and help you at home.
Encouraging children to clean up their mess will help them learn life skills and help you at home. Qwasyx

LOSING the will to live when you think about the five loads of laundry nagging at you? Keeping your house clean can seem like an uphill battle most of the time and you probably feel like no one in your home appreciates the effort it takes. Here are some habits you need to get into to keep the house tidy.


Is your dirty laundry piling up? Be proactive: put a load of clothes in the wash first thing in the morning, and once you've had breakfast, pop them into the dryer. Having a regular time every day when you do your laundry will make washing clothes much less of a chore.

Take shoes off

Dirty, muddy carpets? Slippery wet floors? There's a simple solution: take your shoes off as soon as you enter your home and pop on a pair of slippers instead. Encourage everyone in the home to do this - it could save hours of cleaning time every month.


Get rid of stuff you don't need

Keeping the house tidy can suddenly become complicated if you have a load of clutter that you need to dust, wipe, or spray down. Do yourself a favour: get rid of anything you don't need and give it to charity. Not only will this make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, but you'll have a lot less mess when trying to keep the house clean.

Encourage little ones to clean up

Inspiring your kids to keep their rooms clean is a lot easier than you think. Organise daily bedroom inspections where you award a small prize if your children have kept their rooms clean.

Use vinegar to clean sinks and toilets

Vinegar is a powerful cleaning substance that won't break the bank, so use it to keep sinks and toilets bright and shiny.

Shoe polish your sofas

Although it sounds crazy, surprisingly it works. Wipe down your leather sofas every day with a tiny bit of shoe polish.

Jody Allen is the founder of Stay At Home Mum:

Topics:  change clean family home mum new-year-new-you

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Country Club becomes the centre of power

GENERATION: Nationals Parliamentary Secretary for Renewable Energy Ben Franklin, presenting the funding to the Club - General Manager Andrew Spice, Golf Director Ian Wingad, Chairman Peter Tomaros, Treasurer Anne Slater, and Director Tony Dahl.

Grant to Shore emergency centre

An evening of Muslim Sufi music with Tahir Qawwal

LOCAL: Canadian-born Tahir Qawwal.

Qawwali is a form of Sufi devotional music from Pakistan and India

Beauty and the Beast as a ballet

TROUPE: Dancers Elise Jacques and William Douglas.

By the Victorian State Ballet

Local Partners