Want to know the secret to keeping your home clean with minimum effort? Check out our guide with everything you need to keep your house clean while working from home.
The majority of people usually work in a job which is based outside their home. This means that for 30-40 hours every week, there’s no-one at home to make a mess. Pet owners may disagree with us here.
Whether you’re working from home temporarily, or you are a regular home-worker, it’s nice to work in clean and hygienic conditions. If you’re surrounded by mess and cleaning that needs to be done, it can be very distracting. You know what they say, a clean room makes for a clean mind.
No matter how busy you are, it’s possible to keep your home sparkling clean with minimum effort if you have the right equipment. Efficient cleaning tools will make the chores quick and easy, leaving you free to concentrate on the important stuff.
There is an enormous market of cleaning tools, but you don’t need to bankrupt yourself buying everything you discover when scrolling around the internet. The classic items have been around for a long time because they are effective. A few essentials are all you need to have a clean home, even when it’s also your place of work.
Hoovering your home isn’t a job that you need to do every day, but it’s essential to have a schedule otherwise you’ll never get around to it.
You can choose to divide your home into chores or rooms when creating your cleaning schedule. For example, if you choose to work by rooms, you might do your lounge on a Monday, the bathroom on a Tuesday, the bedroom on a Wednesday, and so on. When you do the room, you’ll need to dust, vacuum, wipe around and tidy up.
If you organise your schedule by chores, you might do the vacuuming on Monday, the dusting on Tuesday, change the bed linen on Wednesday and so on. Lots of people find this the more efficient option but it’s up to you. If your partner is working from home as well, the hoovering may have to be organised around the latest Zoom meetings.
There are a variety of different types of vacuum cleaner, and which one you pick is personal preference. However, it is key to buy one that you can easily manoeuvre and can be stored conveniently. If you don’t have much space, an upright design can be hung on the back of a door.
Accessibility and ease of use are key for people with busy lives. You don’t want to have to dig your vacuum cleaner out of a pile of things every time you need to use it!
Steam irons are the household secret that everyone should know. A steam cleaner is very versatile and can help with more chores than you probably imagine. If you don’t own one yet, you don’t really know just how good they are!
As well as helping wrinkles to drop out of clothes, steam vapour has a wealth of other properties. It naturally deodorises and sanitises, and when it penetrates through the surface it can destroy bacteria, viruses, germs, mould spores and dust mites. Great, right?
You can use your steam iron to instantly sanitise a work surface, or to clean upholstery. Just a quick swish over with the steamer and you’ll find everything looks brighter, cleaner and new. It’s also useful to help with tough cleaning jobs, like grease build-up in your oven or grime on your tile grouting. The steam will loosen up the dirt, making it easy to just wipe away.
If you don’t have a lot of spare time but still want your home to look pristine, a steam iron is what you need. Thank us later and tell your friends!
If you’re expected to be present on video calls with clients or colleagues, it’s important to maintain a professional appearance. That unicorn onesie may be extremely comfortable, but it might not be the ideal clothing for work purposes. You can probably get away with still wearing slippers.
Don’t make a big deal out of doing your laundry and you’ll never run out of the clothes you need. If you put a load on in the morning before you start work, it will be ready to hang out either at lunchtime or the end of the day.
If you have a washer-dryer, it’s even more convenient; all you have to do is unload the machine and fold your clothes up.
There are a number of features to look for in a washing machine that will make your life easier. A fast cycle and an eco-friendly setting are two which are important for many people. But how about a machine that lets you add clothes mid-wash? Yes, these do exist and they are perfect for that odd sock you discover on the stairs just after pressing start on the machine.
And what about noise? If you’re expecting to be chatting to clients, you won’t want them hearing the tell-tale rumble in the background. There are some washing machines which are whisper-quiet. In fact, you might find yourself tiptoeing back into the kitchen to check you switched it on. They really are as quiet as a mouse.
If you’re working at home, you will inevitably create more mess. Eating lunch at home every day, plus snacks mean it’s easy for the washing-up to, well, pile up. Of course, if there’s more than one of you working at home, the stack of plates and cups can get very high, very quickly.
Seeing a sink full of dirty dishes every time you go to make a cup of tea can be really demoralising. No-one wants to have to manoeuvre around a dirty kitchen. A dishwasher is a simple solution which will make an enormous difference.
But we have some additional tips for you when using your dishwasher…
Every time you use a plate or cup, place it directly into the dishwasher. This means that stacking the dishwasher doesn’t become another chore waiting to be done. It also keeps the kitchen clean, leaving you plenty of space to move around freely.
A good habit to get into is switching the dishwasher on after you eat dinner, and then emptying it before bed. Alternatively, you could empty it in the morning while you’re waiting for the kettle to boil for your cuppa. This leaves the dishwasher empty and ready for the next load of dirty crockery, saucepans and cutlery - easy!
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