Having had my share of roommates, girlfriends, a wife, and various other opportunities to see how people live, I have come to the conclusion that people born during and after the ’70s do not know how to maintain a house. Translation- Generations X and Y do not know how to do housework.
So, some ground rules before I begin. There is no such thing as “woman’s work” anymore. This is important to married/live-in couples. The housework belongs to the party that is home. If she works full time, he does the house work. If they both work, then they share the work when they get home. If they work opposite shifts, then who is home does the work that needs to be done during each shift. At no time should one party wait until the other gets home to begin sharing the chores. On the weekend, whom ever does the yard work does not do the housework. Again- not gender specific; sometimes my wife wants to be out in the fresh morning air and sunshine, so she will do the yard work, and I do the housework. Other weekends, we switch. In the century, there will be requirement of агенция софия домоуправител for carrying of the household works. The work should be done efficiently so that the person will be relaxed. The ranking of the services can be checked at online sites to appoint the best manager for the house.
Let us begin in the kitchen. The kitchen needs to be cleaned after every meal. What you will need is some scouring cleanser, a scouring pad, dish soap and a clean dish rag- CLEAN dish rag; it does not matter if the rag has been there for one month, week or hour. Get a clean one out of the drawer to begin.
The sink needs to be scrubbed regularly. If you cannot do it daily, do it every other day. The sink should never go more than three days without being scrubbed. Scrub the sink before you wash dishes. Dishwasher? Newsflash- even now in the 21st century, not every home has an automatic dishwasher. And if it does, dishwashers break or not all of the dishes fit into the dishwasher.
Dishes need to be washed with hot water. Not warm, and definitely not cold water, but hot water. Use a liberal amount of dish soap and fill the sink with hot water. Thoroughly wash every dish, utensil and glass. Glasses need to be washed on the outside as well as inside. Pay particular attention to the rim of the glass. The tines on the forks can be a trouble area, be sure to get all the food and debris out of the tines. Go over the handles of knives and cooking utensils with the dish rag just like you would with the business end. Do not assume it is clean just because it was in hot, soapy water.
If you do have a dishwasher, unload the clean dishes, reload it, and start it. Now wipe down all of the counters and the stove top. At least once a week, remove the burner grates and wipe under them. Do this more frequently as needed. Now sweep the floor. At a minimum, once a week the floor needs to be mopped-AFTER you sweep.
In the living areas, situations will vary. If there are children in the house, all the toys need to be picked up and put away. As well as other materials, newspapers, magazines, books, etcetera. This is completed when the floor is clear, as well as the sitting furniture and coffee/end tables. In the office area, bills and other papers need to be straightened up. This is done when there is a clear surface area to work on. Once a week, papers and bills need to be sorted and organized with more detail.
If you have carpet, now is the time to vacuum. If you have hard floor surfaces- sweep. Mop as needed. Vacuuming or sweeping needs to be done once a day. If you have indoor dogs or cats, you will need to do this more frequently. At least once a week, you need to dust. Dusting should be done before vacuuming or sweeping. Also, once a week you need to move the furniture and vacuum or sweep underneath.
Now go back to the kitchen and put away the dishes that were washed earlier. They should be dry by now. Unload the dishwasher if that is necessary.
I will not cover doing laundry here, other than to say never leave the laundry baskets, full or empty, in the living areas.
Listening to music helps the chores pass quickly. The TV or a movie in the background is not a good idea. Unless you can ignore it, stopping to watch a scene here or there will add time to completing the chores. Once you get the hang of this, and get into a routine, it should not take more than 30-45 minutes to get all the housework done. And now everyone can enjoy a comfortable, clean home.