Some people really enjoy cleaning but most of us dread it because of the amount of work it takes to manage our households.
Even though sometimes it feels like we never have enough space, sometimes I’m overwhelmed by the amount of bathrooms and square footage in my home just because I have to maintain it all.
As a stay at home mom, I’m overwhelmed with all my duties. Sure, I’m home all day but I’m not lounging on the couch watching TV all day!
One of my biggest lessons has been to do prioritize my duties into small daily and weekly shifts so I’m not so overwhelmed trying to achieve a long list in one day and entertain and feed my kids. Getting my kids involved and accepting that some days things won’t get done are also major when it comes to maintaining a home as a mom.
All three of these little tricks are part of my top list of cleaning tips for moms.
21 cleaning tips and tricks for moms
- No shoes in the house, so you won’t need to clean the floors as often.
- Set up a place for putting wet/muddy clothes when coming in so it doesn’t get the whole house dirty. It can be a sink, a hamper, or even a bucket to use as often as you need.
- Reduce clutter, get rid of what you don’t use or need and only keep regularly used items.
- Go paperless, paper piles up and we can never find it anyway. Scan old photos and documents to keep a digital system that you can backup and easily search for.
- Vertical folding, you’ll find your things more easily and won’t make such a mess getting things out of a pile. Marie Kondo is a genius when it comes to decluttering and organizing.
- Set up organizational methods for every drawer, cabinet, and closet.
- Don’t procrastinate small tasks, they will quickly build up and take up a full day’s work rather than a few minutes a day.
- Wake up a little earlier and get a few things crossed off before breakfast.
- Work as a team, with each family member taking care of a specific task. When you’re done you can enjoy quality time together. Toddlers are more excited to help than we think.
- Teach the kids the importance of cleaning up after themselves and keeping their things in order.
- Focus on cleaning one or two things or spaces a day to balance out your week. Clean in shifts of 5 to 15 minutes.
- Do smaller, more frequent, laundry loads that you can tend to right away rather than larger loads that no one wants to deal with and sits in the dryer for a full week.
- Prioritize cleaning methods for efficiency. Ex: for hard floors, I like to use a Swiffer Sweeper to collect dust, hair, and crumbs then the Swiffer WetJet to clean a little bit better. It saves me time and my kids can help me. I only need the vacuum for our area rugs. Sometimes I’ll do a deeper clean with the Swiffer Bissel SteamBoost as well.
- Make a realistic list of goals per day, week, and month.
- If your kids are old enough, make a list of chores for them to do as well.
- Have the kids help to load the laundry while you cook/clean in the other room then sort and fold together when it’s ready. Ex: My kids load their own laundry while I’m making breakfast and after we sort together and maybe fold too.
- Make your own cleaning products for money saving and for using more natural products or purchase a concentrated solution that needs diluting. Label your spray bottles, you can even repurpose old ones.
- Keep your cleaning supplies stocked up using Amazon Subscribe and Save so you don’t run out or have to carry heavy items. Or try a free trial of Amazon Family for additional discounts on select items.
- Setup cleaning kits around the house to avoid procrastination. Ex: I keep a rubber glove and disinfecting wipes in the kids’ bathroom so I remember to clean the toilet every night at bedtime (because kids are messy and bathrooms are full of germs).
- Get a robot vacuum to help you do some of the work.
- Prioritize you and your family. If you’re sick, burnt out, frustrated, or your kids need your attention then go relax or do something fun. If something doesn’t get done every once in a while it won’t kill anyone, you’re still a great mom!
What are your favorite cleaning and organization tricks?
My name is Paula and I’m a mom of two scrumptious cuties. Thanks Mommy Blog became a project for me to help guide other new moms and current moms through any of my own personal experiences and struggles. My hobbies include singing, doing jigsaw puzzles, baking, designing and trying to stay creative.