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We all struggle with wanting and keeping our homes clean. Or maybe that’s just me. I constantly feel like the house is a mess and out of order with toys and all manner of child-raising and family items. Sometimes it can stress me out. Other times, I remember that love isn’t tidy. Yet, even though I can be ok with the state of the house, I still want it to be clean(ish).
Kim is a fellow blogger over at Imperfectly Filtered and today she’s joining us to share her tips on cleaning with children – fast!
7 Ways To Clean Your Home Faster When You Have Children
Every mom wants to keep their home clean. It can be that you want to be prepared for guests, or that you simply don’t like dirt. It gets harder to keep a home clean when you have children. Your time is now spent chasing your kids around, running back and forth through town, and trying to be an amazing mom. Cleaning seems to be more of a boring chore. But what if I told you that you could keep your home nice and tidy without losing that precious time with your family?
Clean When They Are Sleeping
It may not be fun to get up super early or stay up when you are exhausted, but cleaning at the very beginning or end of the day can help you clean faster than normal. When you don’t have a toddler hanging on to you, you are able to accomplish more. Early morning and late at night are optimal times. Another great option is to spend their naptime cleaning. If you have to do other tasks (or even if you want to take a nap) then nap time cleaning may not be for you. However, it can be an extra hour that you can dedicate to keeping your home spic and span.
Clean In Sections
Cleaning your whole home in a specific amount of time can be overwhelming, even more so if your home is larger. Creating zones or sections to clean can help you work in shorter amounts of time, and will also keep you from feeling swamped. You could choose to clean the bathroom(s) on a certain day, bedrooms on another, and laundry all in one day. This may or may not work for your family depending on how many children you have and how much you need to clean, but it can at least give you a sense of what and when you need to clean.
Have A Daily Routine
If you are unable to clean in sections, or if your home seems to get messed up right after you clean it, having a daily routine can be beneficial. Write down what is important for you to clean every single day. It could be as simple or as complicated as you want, as long as it’s attainable. If you know that you need to wipe down your countertops after every meal, write it down. Once you are done making your list, laminate it or put it in a sheet protector and put it on your fridge. Look at your list every day and follow it. If you need to adjust it to fit your needs, then do so. Having this list and routine can help you stay on top of tasks that can get out of control, and help you feel like you’ve accomplished something (which is a big win in any mom’s book).
Get Your Child/Children To Help
As parents, we want to teach responsibility. What better way to do that than to start teaching your children how to keep their home clean and tidy? There are plenty of tasks that children of all ages can do, and it can help lighten the load for mom. Toddlers can help empty the dishwasher (or hand dry most dishes), wipe down countertops, and pick up their own toys. Older children can help vacuum, clean their rooms, and even do their own laundry. This can keep your children accountable, and help you with your day to day chores.
Use A Timer
If you really want to buckle down and get your cleaning done, use a timer. It can help keep you on track when you would rather slack off. Set it for a time that is convenient for you. It can be as little as 15 minutes, or as long as 2 hours, but just make sure you will use that time to clean. Working against the clock can make you a bit competitive, which in return can give you a cleaner home in a shorter amount of time.
Make It Fun
Have you ever found yourself doing more work if you were enjoying it? You can feel that way about cleaning too (or at least not dread cleaning). Turn on some dance music, or even an audiobook and get to cleaning. Dance around the floors with your children while you sweep and mop, or challenge your kids on who can make the bed. Making cleaning fun can keep your mind off the fact that you are actually cleaning and being productive. Before you know it, you will have a spotless home, and you have been able to spend quality time with your children.
Get A Housecleaner
This tip may seem like a cop out, but I promise you that having a housecleaner could be the best decision you make for your home. You don’t have to have a housecleaner often, but once every few months can help you from spending an entire month on “spring cleaning” times. A housecleaner can clean things you never thought possible, and can clean your entire house top to bottom in less time than you can. Also, contrary to popular belief, a housecleaner doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. You can normally find one for about $15-20/hr, and you can always specify how long you want them to clean as well. Having a housecleaner can give you some much needed time off to spend with your family, which is more important than having a spic and span home anyway.
Cleaning with children can be a hassle, but implementing these tips can help you keep your sanity, and show your family that there is nothing better than teamwork. Remember that having a clean home isn’t everything, because your home is where memories are made.
Kim is a 22-year-old spouse and mother of one. She lives in Kansas City, MO with her family and three pets. She enjoys reading, writing, and mindlessly surfing Pinterest. Her number one priority is her daughter, and when she isn’t working full time or freelancing, she enjoys going on mother-daughter dates. You can find her at http://www.imperfectlyfiltered.com/ or on Instagram.
Thanks Kim for sharing these great tips with us! I know I implement a few of them myself (sleeping children and having them help are the best) and I’d sure love to hire a housecleaner on occasion.
What are your favorite tips for cleaning with children? Do you stick to a routine? Do you keep a checklist? Or maybe you do hire someone, I’d love to hear about your experiences.