A world with kids can get messy fast! Add in home-schooling, crafts and home-cooked meals three times a day, and you could have a house tornado on your hands! It’s possible for busy moms to keep a somewhat tidy feel to their home. These three simple tricks will help you get the job done. It’s really not complicated!
Our home needs to be swept and mopped daily. That’s just part of our life right now, no way of getting around it. We also wash 3-4 loads of laundry a day. Again, that’s our season of life right now. We are also home-schooling our six kiddos. No summer break, so we have all six kids at home with us pretty much 24/7.
Due to the above, we have to have many pick-up times during the day. We clean up after breakfast, after lunch, before nap, before dinner and after dinner. There are always toys to pick up, floors to sweep and dishes to wash. We have to stay on top of the mess, or it becomes overwhelming! Besides daily clean-up routines, there are THREE tricks that really help me keep our home from mutating into a messy, chaotic disaster.
Let’s face it. When the house gets messy, people get irritable. That’s just the honest truth. Whether you are a clean freak or a laid-back individual, if the cleanliness of your home gets out of whack, your mood changes. You can’t find your earrings, your favorite socks or your child’s new toy. Yep, that is definitely irritating — even for the messiest of people!
So what do I do to keep our home tidy? These three house-cleaning tricks help me every time I feel like I am losing in the battle of dishes, laundry and toys. No, I do not claim to have a perfectly clean home, but I try keep it nice enough for friends to stop by! Try these three tricks for at least one week and see if it works for you! You can be in control of your home’s day-to-day messes. So go ahead and give it a try! You have nothing to lose!
Three EASY Cleaning Tricks for Busy Moms
- Have a nightly clean-up. If you get busy through the day and leave the dishes in the sink or everyone’s shoes out, no worries. There is a solution! Every single night, without fail, clean up. This is not an invasive cleaning and scrubbing party. Instead you just want to get things picked up off the floor, dishes washed and put away, kitchen counters and tables wiped down and laundry put away. If you want to give your kitchen a good sweep, that’s fine too. Just make sure you do a little bit of cleaning every night. Sometimes I do it after my kids are in the bed and sometimes I enlist the kiddos and we do the nightly clean-up routine together. It really depends on the happenings of that day. Whatever the case, if I stick to my nightly cleaning routine, it keeps the entire family’s messes in check, and gives me a fresh, non-stressful start to my morning. Who enjoys waking up to dirty dishes anyway?
- Set a timer. I do this to give me motivation. Maybe I am tired and would rather relax and drink a Diet Coke instead of do a nightly clean-up. On those days I set my timer (or watch the clock) and tell myself to speed clean for 30 minutes — yes, I do talk to myself. Just knowing I have a time limit helps me get moving. I can toss some laundry in the washing machine, sweep up and wash some dishes. After that, I can hurry and do some speed folding and put away the laundry — and then, ta-da! I am done sir done. I get the reward of relaxing in a tidy home instead of knowing that there are still dishes to wash and laundry to fold. My cleaning duties are finished and I can still make time for “me time.” Life is good.
- Throw it in a basket. I know this gets on some people’s nerves, but it really does help me keep things clean. I have a large family and a two-story house. Instead of picking up each individual item and putting it away one at a time, I throw all the stuff that I find misplaced into a laundry basket. After all the rooms are picked up, I return the misplaced items to their homes. If it is a lot of kid stuff, I may leave it in a basket in front of their door for them to put away in the morning before breakfast. That’s so mean, isn’t it?
So there you have it! Those three easy tricks get me moving and keep my home from becoming a stressful mess. What are your tips for busy moms? We all want a clean home, so share your tricks and tips! I would love to hear them!