Are you are fed up with tripping over toys, feeling like you always have a broom in your hand and continually fighting impossible stains…well, you are not alone. Between running errands, raising children (and sometimes a spouse), and everything else life tosses at you, making your home not look like a disaster area is a challenge busy parents everywhere face on a daily basis. The good news is there are ways to help simplify your house cleaning. Here are some simple tips to help you manage the mess:
Have a Daily Routine
Instead of trying to have a cleaning marathon all at once, spend a little time each day tidying up. One of the easiest ways to keep your housekeeping tasks in order is with a house cleaning schedule. A schedule will be beneficial for helping you get in the habit of daily cleaning. You’ll know exactly what, each day, needs to be done and the house will always be tidy when unexpected guests arrive.
Get Rid of the Clutter
Getting organized and decluttering will help you save time when cleaning, as well as help the house feel more comfortable. A great way to de-clutter is by donating old clothes, toys and books to charitable organizations, such as domestic violence shelters or homeless shelters. Your donations will help others while helping your home stay clean and organized.
One Room at a Time
Cleaning as you go will make it easier to stay on top of it all, but before you can get to this point, you will need to thoroughly clean the entire house. The best way to do this is by tackling one room at time. Focus on one room, sort through everything and box items as you go. For example, have a box for donations, a box for items you want to keep and a box for trash. Do not put anything back in the rooms that you do not love or that you do not need. Once this is done, picking up as you go will be easier and you will be able to plan and follow your cleaning schedule.
Multiple Sets of Cleaning Supplies
Stop wasting time by keeping all of your cleaning supplies in one location. Instead, have the cleaning supplies you need for each room in that room. For example, keep a bottle of window cleaner in the bathroom and under the kitchen sink. This way if you are brushing your teeth in the morning and notice the bathroom mirror is dirty, you can give it a quick wipe down without having to walk to the kitchen for cleaning supplies.
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There is no denying that your furry family member is adorable, but pets can be as messy (or more messy) than your kids. The good news is there are a few things you can do to prevent loose fur and pet odors from taking over your home. The easiest way to eliminate layers of fur on the furniture, carpets and curtains is to invest in a lint roller. Keep a lint roller in every room of the house to simply roll the hair away. If you have trouble getting the hair out of corners, simply wrap duct tape (sticky side-out) around a sponge. The sponge is more flexible than a lint roller, so you will be able to easily manipulate it and remove hair from corners and other tight spots. Clean up urine and other pet messes as soon as they occur. Coffee filters and paper towels are both absorbent materials that you can toss in the trash as soon as the mess is cleaned up. Keep a bottle of cleaner designed for use on urine in several locations throughout the house. Another tip is to use a vinegar and water solution on stained spots to neutralize pet odors.
Everyday Quick Tips
Here are a few extra tips to help ease your daily cleaning:
- Dirty toys – Kids are notorious for having dirty, grimy toys. To quickly clean and sanitize them, simply toss them in a mesh laundry bag and put them in the washer.
- Dusty ceiling fans – Ceiling fans collect massive amounts of dust, but you can quickly remove the dust without throwing the dust on everything else by covering the blades with a pillowcase and wiping.
- Water stains – Spots on the counter tops, mirrors and shower door can make the area look dirtier than it really is. To get rid of water stains simply cut a couple of lemons in half, rub them on the stains, wait a few minutes and wipe with a clean, soft cloth.
- Dirty iron – Are you are fed up with scorched clothes from a dirty, black iron? Simply turn the iron on the steam setting, sprinkle some salt on a towel and iron the salt. The scorched, black mess will come right off, leaving you with a clean, shiny iron.
- Natural cleaners – If you are wanting to start using more environmentally friendly cleaning products, but aren’t sure where to start, simply search your cabinets. Hydrogen peroxide from the medicine cabinet can be safely used to clean windows, mirrors and the toilet. Baking soda and vinegar from the kitchen cabinet can be used to effectively clean counter tops, remove stains from the kitchen sink, unclog drains and clean the oven.
- Scented oil – Natural oils, such as peppermint oil are a great way to give your home a fresh scent, but some also work great as natural pest repellents. Simply add a few drops of peppermint oil to water and spray along baseboards, in corners and under cabinets. Your home will instantly have a great smell, while keeping out spiders and ants.
One of the most important cleaning tips for busy moms is to remember that you cannot do it all. Getting everyone in the house involved with chores will make it quicker and easier to complete household chores and leave more time for family activities. When creating your household cleaning schedule, make a schedule for the kids and your spouse as well.