Keeping a clean house may seem impossible. However, with these house cleaning tips for busy moms, you’ll be on your way to a clean home in no time.
When you are dealing with a list of household chores that is a mile long it can seem that keeping the home clean will be something that you can achieve once the kids leave home. I’ve put together a post with some house cleaning tips. These house cleaning tips are specific to busy moms so you can focus on the other things on your to-do list.
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House cleaning tips #1 Get the kids involved
It’s clean up time! I usually yell this out at around nine o’clock in the morning (but this can be done at any time of the day). The kids get to pick a chore that they want to do I’ve got a full list of age-appropriate chores here to help with that.
House cleaning tips #2 Make it fun
Make it fun! Make a fun game for the kids to help them clean up. If my kids have a bunch of toys scattered around the house, we will play a game. I will count to 30 and they’ll pick up their toys. They’ll pick up all their toys and put them in their rooms, then they won.
I’ll reward them with a small treat. The idea is not to overwhelm them but to get the biggest bang for the buck.
House cleaning tips #3 Husbands helping hand
In our home most of the cleaning does fall on my shoulders however, there are times that I need help. If I’ve got a bit project due, or the kids’ schedule is crazy, I need my husband to pitch in.
If your husband isn’t one to help, let him know you’re overwhelmed and need help with something. Your husband wants to make you happy and will most likely help.
House cleaning tips #4 Rainy day projects
Rainy day-big projects! Save the big projects for a rainy day, or any day that you have some extra time on your hands (for moms this is rare). Sometimes we just have to make the extra time.
These are the once, or twice-a-year projects: A thorough cleaning of the oven or refrigerator, steam vacuuming the carpet, painting, organizing your pantry or cupboards, and going through the kids’ toys and clothes that they don’t use anymore.
House cleaning tips #5 Stay ahead
Stay ahead of the game! Don’t wait until there is a half-inch of lime and soap scum build-up on the bathtub before you decide to clean it. Keep up with the small projects, before they become big ones. If the kitchen floor is dirty, sweep it before the kids drag their dirty blankets through it and onto the freshly vacuumed carpet.
House cleaning tips #6 Spread it out
Divide and conquer! A little here, a little there, and you are done. I do like doing 20 minute cleaning sessions. Doing a lot in a little time.
Also break up the house clenaing by doing a little in the morning, then throughout the day, and end your day with a little cleaning. During my evening routine I do some picking up so in the morning I don’t feel overwhelmed.
Don’t forget to download the free whole-home cleaning checklist to help you keep your home clean.