Cleaning Guide: Tips for Busy Moms
When you already have a full schedule it can be hard to keep up with household work. Children can make messes that look overwhelming, but if you break your cleaning up into smaller areas you can get the job done quicker and more efficiently.
I took one for the team to create this hub offering useful cleaning tips for busy moms. Believe it or not this is what my home looks like if I do not clean for two days! It was hard for me to let it get this way especially because I am a compulsive cleaner. I just took a deep breath and let my family destroy the living room for me over the period of one weekend (Friday to Sunday). When I walked through the front door on Sunday after my son's last soccer game I couldn't wait to start cleaning this mess up!
Cleaning Up The Mess!
The thought of cleaning up after a few days of being on the go can be very overwhelming, but if you tackle the job with small steps it can relieve most of the stress and fear of getting the mess cleaned up!
The first step is to gather all of the items that do not belong in the area you are cleaning. This would be items such as; toys, papers, garbage, or anything else that has a specific place to be put away. I find it best to place all of these items into a box or laundry basket. Once all of the items are in the box you can set them aside until after you are finished cleaning.
The second step is to begin your usual cleaning steps. I always fix the couch covers, dust the living room furniture, and run the vacuum cleaner. It is much easier to complete these steps when everything is out of the way rather than stopping every couple of minutes to move another item.
I find it easier to break my living room up into two seperate areas to clean. The first area is the main space that we spend most of our time in and the second area is devoted mostely to children's toys.
Putting Everything in it's Place
After I clean the main living area in my home I move onto the second half of the parlor. This half is easy because all I generally need to do is put all of the toys in their designated places.
First I put away all of the toys that are laying on the floor. If I come across anything that doesn't belong in this room I place it into the box of items I already have from the first half of the parlor. Next I dust the furniture and run the vacuum cleaner.
Once everything is picked up and I am finished cleaning I will begin going through the box of miscellaneous items I found throughout the living room. It is easier to sort the items into piles which will make it easier to put them away properly and quickly. Any items that do not belong downstairs will go back into the box and taken upstairs to be put in away.
I find it best to tackle a huge job in smaller steps because it helps to save time and it also takes less energy from you to accomplish this cleaning job!
6 Cleaning Steps
- Place all items that do not belong in the room into a box or laundry basket.
- Pick up and put away all items that belong in that room.
- Sort out all items inside the box and put away properly.
- Relax in your freshly cleaned spaced!
You can cut your cleaning time dramatically by following my simple cleaning steps. You will spend less time running about your home putting items away. When you break up a big job into smaller areas you will feel a sense of relief as you begin cleaning. It is better to take smaller steps than to jump in head on trying to tackle everything at once!
If your schedule is hectic like mine, you can also set aside an allotted amount of time each day to clean up the mess that daily life hands you. By cleaning a little each day it can prevent your home from looking as though a tornado suddenly struck it when no one was looking!