How do you keep on top of cleaning whilst working from home?


I spend a lot of time working from home as we have a lockdown in the UK. I try to maintain my space clean and tidy. However, it is so much harder to keep things organised compared to when I work from the office. Any tips how to make cleaning quick and fun whilst you work at home? icon

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  • Olivia Taylor Olivia Taylor on Nov 20, 2020

    I am from the UK and I work from home too. It takes time to get used to the routine. I work for 2-3 hours and then spend some time doing things around the house. I then go back to work. This keeps me active and helps me concentrate with my work. I only do things I like doing and I leave the rest to the cleaner who comes once a week.

    BTW, the agency I use has just come up with some tips how to make cleaning fun if you are doing it all by yourself

  • Annie Annie on Nov 20, 2020

    I like listening to rock music when I clean :) That makes it more fun for me. That way I can sing along and pretend I'm not cleaning the dang bathroom!! And I try to do something every day to clean. It's just me and my husband here so it's easier

  • Janice Janice on Nov 20, 2020

    Alex, working at home and be a blessing but also takes a lot of self-discipline to keep organized and the necessary separation of home and work. I 've found that it is good to force yourself to take appropriate breaks (if possible). That's an ideal time to throw a load of laundry in the waher or dryer, load or unload the dishwaher, quickly clean countertops, etc., r or do small physical tasks to get you up and away from the computer for short periods of time. I set my printer up in another area so it makes me have to physiclly get up and retrieve the print out.

  • on Nov 20, 2020

    I like to listen to audiobooks while I clean. It distracts me from the monotony and the job gets done faster. Also I put a robot vacuum on my Christmas list! :)

  • Mogie Mogie on Nov 20, 2020

    I have found it is easier to pick things up or pick up after myself as I go. Sort of the same thing as picking up after myself as I make dinner.

    As I go from room to room I try to make every step or movement count.

    I have found it useful to set the timer on my microwave. This forces me to stop what I am doing to turn it off and at the same time it is the best opportunity to pick things up and organize.

  • Jeremy Hoffpauir Jeremy Hoffpauir on Nov 20, 2020

    I normally set a schedule and clean a little bit each day. I clean 1 room per day and that schedule works for me.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Nov 20, 2020

    I love to get up early-say 5am, and let my husband sleep until his alarm goes off about 8:30, during that time I am at my peak of concentration and can get the business end handled best. Once he's up it is disruptive to a daily routine. So that is when chores and cleaning is done. He helps.

  • Maura White Maura White on Nov 20, 2020

    I try to pick one thing in the evenings for me to tackle and clean bathrooms, mop, vacuum and dust on the weekends.

  • Betsy Betsy on Nov 20, 2020

    Hi Alex: What I do is I have a list of rooms to clean every day. Monday the Kitchen and Family Room, Tuesday, the bathrooms and living room, Wednesday, 2 bedrooms, Thursday the craft room, etc. I dust, vacuum and do the pick up stuff thing. On Friday, I go through the papers and take the trash out. When the bills come in, they are paid that same day and go out in the mail the next day so they don't get lost in the piles of papers. And, I don't have the depression of paying a stack of bills at the end of the month. It only takes an hour or two a day, and is very doable. And, when you pick it up and use it, put it back where it was or throw it out. When I cook, I have a sink full of hot soapy water, and when I'm done cooking, I put everything that needs to be washed, except for my dish, glass and utensils, into the water to soak. When I'm done eating, the pots are soaked and need just a second to clean. I wash what I just used and Bob's your uncle. You can do this, just stick to your list. :) Good luck

  • Lauren of Mom Home Guide Lauren of Mom Home Guide on Nov 20, 2020

    You can use the free app Libby to download audio books for free and listen to that while you clean.

  • Lauren of Mom Home Guide Lauren of Mom Home Guide on Nov 20, 2020

    It is a lot harder to keep a place clean when everyone is home. I try to keep on it by doing at least a little bit of cleaning every day.

  • Peggy L Burnette Peggy L Burnette on Nov 20, 2020

    Hi Alex, hope this helps you keep your home clean and tidy. Keep your home clean

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  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Nov 21, 2020

    Hello. Sometimes it’s really hard to even see the mess if you’re always at home -we become numb to it. Understandably.

    Sometimes is making time -a schedule during the week to take on certain task can help make the situation manageable.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Nov 21, 2020

    I set a clock for 10 minute breaks a few times a day. Then I clean, sometimes I see how much I can get done in the time. At the end of the work day, I tidy up my work space just like the office.

  • Lindsay Aratari Lindsay Aratari on Nov 27, 2020

    I set a timer for 20 mins and clean for that amount of time each day

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Nov 28, 2020

    we pick up as we go and when we eat we use paper plates if possible and clean up dishes right away - I put on laundry to run while I am working and when I take breaks, I can put laundry in dryer or fold it, etc. We bought a small broom and little dustpan with a handle (found it at Walmart) and I sweep up the floors as needed so that way I don't have to vacuum as much-

  • I take breaks from my desk for a few minutes every hour. It's good to stretch your I use a few minutes to straighten with some music playing. Cleaning, exercising and jamming all at once.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on May 01, 2021


    Employ a Cleaner when Lock down finishes! OR 1. Get yourself TWO screw top jar you can get your hand in, or other suitable sized container with a lid. 2. Right a list of all the jobs that need to be done over a week. 3. Cut the jobs out individually and fold. 4. Put the folded Jobs into One Jar or Container. 5. Everyday - put your hand into the Jar and take out One folded paper and do what ever job is on the paper. 6. Place the re-folded paper once job is done into the spare jar or container. Repeat until you tire 0r the original jar is empty and the spare is full. NB: It might help if you colour code the jars to be sure you only pick from the right jar until ll jobs are done!