When you’re raising kids and trying to hold a household together, it can be difficult to keep things clean. Maybe feeding everyone and keeping them from hurting themselves or each other feels like a more important use of your time than cleaning. Or, maybe every time you do a steam mop, someone spills something on the floors, so cleaning almost feels pointless. We get it.
That said, there are plenty of ways to create a cleaning schedule that fits your hectic lifestyle. Here are five tips that help you have the clean house you want and deserve:
Don’t try to do it all at once
Maybe at some point in your life, you did all of your house cleanings at once. You swept, mopped, dusted, and vacuumed while the dishwasher and washing machine ran simultaneously. You cleaned the bathroom, then the kitchen, and maybe even washed some windows. You folded laundry, put away dishes, then kicked back and admired your work.
The all-at-once approach to cleaning is satisfying, but also unrealistic for most busy people. Let go of thinking that you can’t clean anything until you can clean everything. That attitude will keep you from cleaning what you can when you can.
Build mini-cleaning sessions into your regular schedule
Keep glass and sink cleaners under each bathroom sink and clean the mirror and sink after a shower or after brushing your teeth, whenever you notice them looking dirty. Clean the kitchen sink after you do dishes, and if you have to mop up a spill, go ahead and use that as a reason to mop the whole floor. Spot cleaning as you go might not be as satisfying as a big clean, but it can be just as effective over time.
Vacuums are almost magical. Yes, they can be used to clean carpeting, but that’s not all. With the right attachments, vacuums can be used to clean wood and tile floors, furniture, curtains, and even tabletops. Sucking up loose crumbs and dust makes a room look cleaner instantly when using the best vacuum cleaner.
Enlist the kids’ help
If your kids are young, they might not be able to polish silver quite yet. But if they’re old enough to walk, talk, and pick things up, they can help with putting away toys and decluttering. Frame it as a fun game and they won’t even realize they’re doing work!
Multitask when you can
There’s nothing wrong with folding clothes or organizing the contents of a junk drawer while you watch a movie. If you have to be in the kitchen to wait for the water to boil anyway, you might as well use that time to also wipe down the countertops. Multitasking is your friend.
We understand that keeping a clean house can be difficult when you feel like you’re being pulled in a thousand different directions. It’s still possible to fit cleaning in here and there, and the results are definitely worth the effort.