Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Getting some help from Oneflare

One of the most frequently asked questions I get is "What is your secret to keeping a tidy house?" I'm not sure that I have the magic answer, but I have a few ideas that might help.

Firstly I'd like to set the record straight and let people know that just like most people our house often looks like a tornado has run through it courtesy of our two sweet boys and their busy parents. When I originally started organising our home, I made a rule that when I had had enough for the day and couldn't bare to do one more thing, I set the timer on my phone and made myself complete an additional 15 minutes of housework. It is amazing how much I achieved once the boys were asleep and I had 15 minutes of no distractions and solid cleaning/organising. No Facebook, no checking phones, no stopping for a quick TV break - just 15 minutes of solid cleaning. This was the one thing that made the most difference.

Secondly is of course our room a day cleaning schedule. The living area is always going to get the most messy. Before I set out to do a room a day I used to get so caught up with cleaning the living area day in and day out that piles of stuff was slowly accumulating in other rooms that I had forgotten about. Now every room gets at least 15 minutes of attention a week - and I'm finally getting to the stage where I have a tidy home, rather than a tidy living area.

And lastly I learnt to ask for help. We are blessed with parents in the same town as us and when the going gets tough and things start to get on top of me I organise a playdate for the boys at our house with my mum and dad. While I listen to the kid's giggling with delight I do odd jobs around the house. I know how lucky we are to have family around - not everyone has that luxury. 

This stage of our life is particularly busy - we have something on 6 out of 7 nights a week and don't often get time to catch our breath in between. When we purchased our 'forever home' I promised myself that I would maintain the house as best I could. One of the ways that I stay on top of those harder jobs is to get some help twice a year. When we have our carpets professionally cleaned in January, I also hire a cleaner to do 3 hours of work around the house. I never ask to have the usual 'floors and benches clean' done, because lets face it - the mess will be back the next morning, but rather ask that things like windows, skirting boards, cornices, doors and walls are given a deep clean. I get this 3 hour job completed again in June. I have found that this has worked perfectly in our home. Whilst I try my best to stay on top of the usual jobs around the house, it is the deep cleans that I normally run out of time for.      

Life is busy for so many of us and when Oneflare contacted me and offered a $100 voucher for one of my readers to use on any of their services I jumped at the chance. I thought a reader might appreciate the opportunity to use the voucher towards a cleaner or perhaps a maintenance man. 

Entering is easy. I'll let Oneflare introduce themselves first and then if you follow the post to the bottom of the page you will find all the details you need to enter. Goodluck!

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