In an effort to combat an unseen but lethal adversary, the government imposed stricter controls on the largest COVID-19 outbreak this year. Aside from the usual social distancing, harsher penalties have been enacted, particularly for businesses that violate any of the protocols.
We’ve been fighting the virus for over a year, and we’re still fighting it today, albeit under more stringent conditions. Although the lockdown will be lifted at the end of the month, there is a chance that it will be extended.
The coronavirus has wreaked havoc not only in our own country but all over the world. COVID-19 claimed millions of lives, while the living is constantly in fear. So, this raises the question of whether the coronavirus pandemic will ever end.
Furthermore, there are simple yet effective ways to prevent the virus from spreading. Aside from keeping ourselves healthy, we must also keep our surroundings clean and tidy. With today’s more dangerous and easily transmitted viruses, we should ensure to keep germs and viruses out of our homes.
Here is our top ten list of tips for keeping your home tidy during Sydney’s COVID-19 lockdown.
Tip #1 – Sanitise your home, surfaces and objects
Sanitising surfaces and objects in your home is one of the most important steps in preventing the coronavirus from infecting your family. By doing so, use diluted chlorine to sterilise your household surfaces and tools regularly.
For smartphones and other portable items, use alcoholic wipes to clean these frequently used devices. Also, before using any store-bought items, make sure to thoroughly clean them. And when it comes to vegetables and fruits, make sure to clean their surfaces. Therefore, before eating, wash them with vinegar and water.
Cleaning is an essential step for removing germs and grime from any surfaces and objects. Although it does not kill viruses, cleaning and sanitising will significantly reduce their numbers.
Tip #2 – Declutter your space
Decluttering is another effective way to keep your home safe during the coronavirus pandemic. Cleaning out your closets and other living spaces will make no room for germs and viruses to thrive. After all, the fewer the items, the less you have to clean. Therefore, you will find it easier to keep your home clean and tidy.
To effectively declutter your home, start by emptying all of your cupboards, drawers, and cabinets. After that, organise your items into categories. Some people prefer to begin decluttering with the most difficult items, while others prefer to begin with the simplest. Therefore, it will depend on how you want to conduct the decluttering task.
Also, do not attempt to declutter your home in a single day. It is likely that you will become overwhelmed and that your space will become cluttered.
Tip #3 – Take your shoes off at the door
Consider the dirt and germs that accumulate on your shoes over the course of a day. It is likely that you’ll never want to wear them around the house again. We used to be careless about taking our shoes off upon entering our homes.
Moreover, today, with the world being swept by an invisible enemy, we should reconsider our old habits. Apart from preventing the spread of germs and viruses, you will be able to keep your floors clean. By doing so, place a cubby hole shelf or individual basket on the entryway. Then, let your entire household know about this new house rule.
Tip #4 – Frequent disinfection on high touch areas
Disinfect high-touch areas every day. Disinfecting frequently touched surfaces is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs and viruses.
Doorknobs, faucets, handrails, light switches, drawers, refrigerator doors, and handles should all be kept clean every day. And don’t forget the remote controls, game consoles, computer keyboards also fall into this category.
Tip #5 – Do your laundry regularly
Don’t allow germs and viruses to thrive in your home by doing the laundry regularly. Wet towels can harbour bacteria and germs and are generally unsanitary. If possible, wash your towels after each use. Also, make sure that everyone in the family has their own towel.
However, if you are unable to wash your towel regularly try to avoid using it twice a day. Particularly if your towel is still damp from your morning shower. Also, if you shower before going to bed, changing your sheets once a week should suffice. But, if you or your bedmate is sick, you may need to wash it more frequently.
Tip #6 – Clean your handbag
Many women carry a handbag everywhere they go. And most of the time, they frequently leave it on dirty surfaces without even realising it. For instance, leaving the handbag on the public restroom floor, leaning against a store counter or brushing up against other people.
These old habits can no longer be tolerated. Germs and viruses are likely to transfer to your bag as a result of these habits. And without even realising it, you’ve brought a handbag of germs and viruses to your home.
Before you place your bag on any of your home’s surfaces, clean it with disinfectant wipes. Also, keep your bag off the floor. You can leave it at the door or hang it from a hook.
Tip #7 – Change your clothes frequently
For individuals who go out to work every day, make sure to set aside some clothes. So, as soon as you arrive at your destination—home—you can easily change your clothes.
Then, keep your dirty clothes in a separate bin and wash them in medium-sized loads to ensure proper laundering. You can also take a shower to get rid off of any lingering germs and viruses. During this unprecedented period, being cautious and meticulous can save your life and the lives of your loved ones.
Tip #8 – Shower regularly
Showering once a day may no longer suffice during this pandemic. So, if you’ve been running errands and exposed to a variety of people and environments, take a quick shower when you get home. This habit can help keep germs and other infectious viruses at bay. Also, wash your soiled clothes right away, if possible.
Tip #9 – Practice health protocols
Apart from keeping your home clean and tidy, make sure to understand the importance of health and safety protocols. Review these protocols for your family particularly the young ones. Inform them of the routine, as well as the dos and don’ts, especially when they are around people and in public places.
Tip #10 – Stay at home
One of the most effective tips in maintaining a clean and tidy home during this lockdown is to stay at home. By remaining at home, you’re not only keeping yourself safe, but it also keeps your family protected from contracting the deadly virus.
It’s truly tempting to go out and about especially if you’re used to going shopping to entertain yourself and your family. But, no matter how bored you are, don’t do it. Avoid going out in public places. However, if you must, make sure to do so quickly and efficiently.
The world as we once knew has changed. This is not the time to browse the aisles to kill time. You must find alternative ways to entertain the family at home, such as crafts or other activities.
Cleanliness and proper hygiene have always been essential even before the virus outbreak. However, with today’s virulent virus that claimed many lives, cleaning has become more important than ever in our daily lives.
Fortunately, most infectious diseases can be avoided with regular home cleaning and disinfection. Apart from cleaning practices, this should be accompanied by good hygiene and safety COVID-19 protocols such as physical distancing.
By doing all of these safety and hygienic practices, not only it will keep ourselves safe and healthy. But it will also keep our home clean, tidy and free from all types of germs and viruses.
Keeping our home clean and tidy also improves our mood, promotes healthy living conditions, and improves air quality. These are the characteristics that keep a person happy and healthy.