Creating a Cleaning Schedule for a Busy Lifestyle

It can be difficult to keep things clean when raising kids and trying to hold a household together. Maybe feeding everyone and keeping them from hurting themselves or each other feels like a more important use of your time than cleaning. Or, whenever you do a steam mop, someone spills something on the floors, so cleaning almost feels pointless. We get it. While delegating sanitizing and cleaning chores to a professional house cleaning service in your neighbouring areas, such as Maids or UrbanMop, can be ideal, you can implement efficient and quick cleaning tips between your meetings and children pickups to declutter and organize your living space to some extent. 

Creating a cleaning schedule

That said, plenty of ways exist 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

Bathroom

Maybe at some point in your life, you did all 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 cleaning approach is satisfying but 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 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.

Vacuum everything

Vacuum

Vacuums are almost magical. Yes, they can be used to clean carpeting, but that’s not all. Vacuums can clean wood and tile floors, furniture, curtains, and tabletops with the right attachments. Sucking up loose crumbs and dust instantly makes a room look cleaner 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 put away toys and declutter. Frame it as a fun game, and they won’t even realize they’re doing work!

Multitask when you can

Laundry

There’s nothing wrong with folding clothes or organizing a junk drawer’s contents while watching a movie. If you have to be in the kitchen to wait for the water to boil, you might as well use that time to 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 several directions. It’s still possible to fit cleaning here and there, and the results are worth the effort. However, don’t be afraid to get professional help when things become too much, view website of local services to see who suits your needs the best.

4 Comments

  • Marie Blake

    October 31 at 10:18 am

    It’s definitely hard to juggle it all! There’s some great tips here though, can’t wait until Jasmine can help

  • Lyndsey O’Halloran

    October 31 at 9:38 pm

    I try to do 1 room/ area a day during the week and don’t do as much on weekends. It works for us.

    1. Sabina Green

      November 7 at 8:15 pm

      I have been trying to work to this too which definitely helps, it’s fruitless at a weekend when the husband and kids are around anyway 🙂

  • karen reekie

    November 3 at 6:42 pm

    I think for me, clean as I go helps. I am lucky to have someone who comes to clean for us once a week, but there is still always cleaning to be done, with kids around.

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