1. I will not make the beds every day
The ultimate in slovenly behaviour? Not at all. A study has found that killing the dust mites in your bed is simple: leave it unmade a few days every week. By making your bed every day, you’re sealing the moisture in that bugs thrive on.
2. I will pour this down the sink every few weeks
To avoid a blocked sink, dissolve 2tbsp salt in boiling water, then pour down the sink. Leave for 20 minutes, then flush with more boiling water.
3. I will buy cheap shower curtains
Simply throw your mildewed curtain out and buy an inexpensive new one every six months. Got a glass shower? Buy a squeegee and tell the family to wipe down the walls and door after every shower.
4. I will buy a microfibre cloth (available from all supermarkets).
A conventional cloth moves bacteria and gunk around; a microfibre cloth scoops up the dirt and pulls it into the fabric. After you’ve finished, just rinse it out. The result? Less need for disinfecting and no more stinky dishcloths.
Read more: 20 brilliant cleaning hacks from our readers.
5. I will not collect clutter
Ask yourself: does this possession have a function in my daily life? Have I worn or used it within the last six months? If not, get rid of it. If you’re struggling to declutter you definitely need to read about the 5 steps to decluttering your life.
6. I will cut down on ironing
Mix about 250ml cold water and 1tsp of fabric conditioner in a spray bottle; hang the item on a hanger and spray. Smooth with your hands and leave to dry, sneering all the while at your unused iron.
7. I will get the kids to help more Try them with these tasks:
- Pre-schoolers: Take plastic plates to the sink; help set the table; put toys away; dust (within reach).
- Age 5 to 8: Make bed; put clothes in laundry basket; set table; load dishwasher; sweep.
- Age 9 to 11: Sort laundry; vacuum; dust.
- Age12+: Anything you care to throw at them!