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Cleaning Guide: Tips for Busy Moms

Updated on October 23, 2012
When you have a full schedule it can be hard to keep your home clean, especially when you add children to the mix!
When you have a full schedule it can be hard to keep your home clean, especially when you add children to the mix! | Source

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.

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The Mess

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!

Place all items that do not belong in the living room into a box to be put away later.
Place all items that do not belong in the living room into a box to be put away later. | Source
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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.

Second half of living room before cleaning.
Second half of living room before cleaning. | Source
Items from box placed into piles to be put away.
Items from box placed into piles to be put away. | Source
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Items that do not belong downstairs are placed back into the box to be carried upstairs.
Items that do not belong downstairs are placed back into the box to be carried upstairs. | Source

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

  1. Place all items that do not belong in the room into a box or laundry basket.
  2. Pick up and put away all items that belong in that room.
  3. Dust
  4. Vacuum
  5. Sort out all items inside the box and put away properly.
  6. Relax in your freshly cleaned spaced!


Cleaning Time

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!

My living room after cleaning!
My living room after cleaning! | Source

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    • Om Paramapoonya profile image

      Om Paramapoonya 

      8 years ago

      Thanks for these practical tips, Jill. I'm not a mom but I'm very busy. Although it's just me and my husband living here, our place tends to get messy quite easily for some reason. So I found this hub very helpful!

    • JillKostow profile imageAUTHOR

      Jill Kostowskie 

      8 years ago from Pennsylvania

      leahlefler - I used to also run up and down the stairs putting things away before cleaning but using a basket or box to put all of the items in for one trip upstairs makes a huge difference, and also saves a lot of time!!

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      Leah Lefler 

      8 years ago from Western New York

      This is great, Liz. I love the before and after shots. My family room will go from clean to "hurricane" in less than 2 hours if the boys are home! It can be insane. I like the idea of putting everything into a laundry basket to accomplish cleaning - that is a lot better than my method of running up and down the stairs several times to put things away BEFORE I even get to clean!

    • JillKostow profile imageAUTHOR

      Jill Kostowskie 

      8 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Liz-reviews - Thanks!! Trust me, it was not easy to keep from cleaning for those few days!

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      Eunice Elizabeth 

      8 years ago from Vancouver, BC

      Hi Jill

      You are an amazing transformation expert! Great before and after photos, and incredible willpower to not touch the room in between.

      Its great that you can be at home with your children, very rewarding experience.

      Voted awesome & up

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