Just about every working mom I know is always trying to figure out how to maintain a clean home. When you get home from work, there's nothing more annoying than stepping over toys, piles of unfolded laundry and looking at a filthy sink.
So I was talking to a friend of mine last week and she seemed to have a cleaning master plan down. Here are a few ideas to keep a clean, organized home even though you're a busy mama:
1) Clean every day: I know what you're thinking: "How in the world am I supposed to find time to clean?" It's simple. Pick 1 small task to do every single day. It's so much easier to power through that way than to complete 10 cleaning tasks in 1 day.
Many moms have 1 cleaning day and they end up spending precious hours scrubbing toilets, vacuuming and mopping. Imagine what you could do with all the extra time. It's so much more efficient to pick 1 or 2 cleaning tasks each day, rather than completing 10 in 1 day.
Some daily cleaning tasks are wiping down the kitchen surfaces, spraying down the shower door, dusting, vacuuming and tidying up shoes. You could also choose to vacuum one section of your home each day or dust a section each day.
2) Ask for help: Okay so I used to be Mrs. Wannabe Perfect. I thought I had to be solely responsible for the cleanliness of our home, but I'm realizing that it's just not possible. So now my kids have chores and so does my husband. Everyone knows what to do and things are so much smoother. If we are all responsible for messing up the home we should all be responsible for cleaning it up (Let the church say Amen!).
Depending on how old your kids are, they can be responsible for putting their clothes in the hamper, their toys in a bin and hanging up their backpacks. Once this becomes a routine, they'll do this without even being asked. My kids are responsible for wiping down the dining table and sweeping underneath it at night.
3) Clean up as you go: It's a lot easier to wipe down the kitchen while you're cooking, rather than waiting till you're done. Plus if you wait till you're done, food gets stuck on and more annoying to wipe down. I know that once I'm done cooking, I don't want to wash a single pot. So while the pasta is simmering, you can wash up the spoon and cutting boards.
4) Make sure there's a place for everything: One of the most annoying things is having an unorganized house. Make sure there's a hamper for dirty laundry, a place for mail, a place to hang up coats, and a place to put shoes. Once you have this organized, it'll be s much easier to teach the kids to put everything in its place.
If you want to get more organized, you can organize your mail according to read, unread and to be shred. Toys can be organized according to type and shoes can be organized seasonally. It takes a while to start a good system, but once the system is in place, you'll save yourself countless hours.
5) Create a cleaning schedule: And if you're still confused about how to clean every day, I suggest having a daily cleaning schedule. Think about what cleaning and organizing tasks you do (Dusting, sweeping, tile and grout cleaning, scrubbing toilets, cleaning the fridge and microwave, base boards, etc.).
Once you've written these tasks out, divide them according to if they're done monthly, weekly or daily. Some examples of monthly tasks are cleaning out the fridge, deep cleaning the microwave, wiping down large appliances and cleaning the blinds. Some weekly tasks could include laundry, mopping and dusting. Daily tasks include wiping down tables, wiping down the shower and sweeping high traffic areas.
Once you've come up with the list, paste it somewhere visible like on your fridge. That way everyone in the home knows exactly what chores they are responsible for and when the chores should be done.
I've created a simple fillable worksheet that has room for daily, weekly and monthly cleaning tasks. All you have to do is print it, fill it out and paste it in a public place.
Download it here.
5) If all else fails, hire someone: And if you absolutely do not have time to clean each day and you don't want to scrub a single toilet, It might be time to decide if you can pay someone to help you out once a month or every other week. This will save you time and headache.
So what are some of your cleaning struggles? Comment below. If you'd like to get more tips from other busy moms, join my private Facebook Group- The Happy Working Mom Tribe.