5 days, 5 ways to simplify your home - day 5

It’s Day 5 of the 5 day challenge to simplify your life.

You can find the other challenge tasks here:

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4


Day 5

Simplify cleaning.


Does it feel like you’re ALWAYS cleaning? Or like no matter how much you clean, you just can’t keep on top of it all?

Short of outsourcing some of your housework to a local cleaner, it can be hard to effectively simplify cleaning. And let’s face it, even if you DO outsource to a cleaner, there’s still a lot of stuff to be done.

It’s something that has to be done, yet something that we struggle to keep on top of amidst the nappy changes, bedtime stories, soccer games and wee-small-hours cuddles.


Try this.


Every hour, stop for 2 minutes and do a speed-clean. Clean or tidy everything that was used within the last hour.


If this feels like too much, try doing it for 5 minutes every 3 hours instead. Or a 1 minute clean between activities or lessons (if you homeschool).

The key here is to chip away at the mess, as it happens. This method effectively eliminates a big clean-up at the end of the day and lets you sit down with a cuppa instead!

If you’re home with children most of the time, this is a really fun way to get the kids involved in the responsibility of looking after the home and cleaning up after themselves. It helps put a stop to having 10 games out at once and reminds them that someone has to clean up -whether it’s them, or mum or a cleaner.

Happy speed-cleaning!

Eva Van Strijp | simple living. peaceful parenting. intentional business.






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