Easy House Cleaning Tips for Busy Parents
Easy House Cleaning Tips
Make House Cleaning Easy!
What busy parent doesn't dream of having a nice, clean house without much hassle? Both working parents and stay at home parents wish this was always the case. Between working and taking care of the kids, who has time to clean, let alone organize?
By organizing the cleaning chores and making a schedule, cleaning can be a breeze for even the busiest of parents. Here you'll find out how to make a cleaning schedule, cleaning tips for various rooms of the house, plus ways to involve your kids in the cleaning process.
House Cleaning Schedule
House Cleaning Checklist
The first step in tackling house cleaning should be to make a house cleaning checklist. The list can be simply a list, or it can be made into a chart for chores to complete every day of the week. Either way, it is a physical reminder of what needs to be done around the house on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis.
As you can see in the photo above, I divided up my cleaning chores throughout the week. I accomplish some chores every day, and by the end of the week, the entire house has been cleaned. The cycle repeats itself every week.
Start your checklist my making a simple list of things you would like to accomplish in your home. Think about each room of your house or apartment and what cleaning needs to be done either on a daily or weekly basis. It can even be more general than that, such as:
- Washing the floors
- Cleaning the bathroom
- Cleaning the bedrooms
Once you have your list of cleaning activities, decide how you want to divide the cleaning. Will your checklist be a whole checklist with boxes to check off as each task is accomplished? Will it be a daily chore chart? Will it be divided between spouses or children? This would be an excellent time to involve the family in the decision making process. Ask your spouse or children what they think about how you as a family should clean the house, and include their input as you make your checklist or chart.
Next you should decide on the presentation of your checklist or chart. Will it be on a dry erase board or surface so that it can be edited as necessary? Will you create it as a table or chart in Microsoft Word or Excel and print multiple copies to have around the house?
Once you have decided on the presentation, decide where the checklist or chart will be. I have mine on my fridge for easy access for all family members.
House Cleaning Checklist
Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Mom, Dad, Kids
Every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
Every Monday and Friday
Daily (laundry, beds made); Full Cleaning Saturday
Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Every day; baths on Saturday
Every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
House Cleaning Prices
Consider this: by cleaning your own house at your own pace, you're saving money. How? You don't have to hire someone else to do it for you (not counting the allowance money given to your kids...)!
It can cost about $10-$15 an hour for someone to come to your house for a few hours to clean once or twice a week. In a month, you'd be spending $40-$120. Why pay that when you can do it yourself and even count the cleaning as exercise? You're saving on both house cleaning AND a gym membership if you look at it that way!
Calories Burned Cleaning
You'd be surprised how many calories you can burn from even moderate cleaning around your home. To find out how many calories you burn as you clean your home, visit this calorie calculator and print out your personalized activity sheet.
How Kids Can Help Clean the House
Kids can start cleaning at a very young age, as early as one year. Their cleaning wouldn't involve chemicals or vacuuming of course, but it can include toy clean up, helping to 'fold' clothes, dusting with a dry cloth, or bringing their cups or plates to the sink.
The earlier you make cleaning a part of your child's every day life, the more likely you won't need to bribe or beg them to clean as they get older. Of course, to keep things from getting mundane, you could make cleaning fun by inventing games out of the tasks that need to be completed. Find some fun ideas for cleaning here.
House Cleaning Products
Before implementing your new cleaning checklist or chart, make sure you have all of the necessary cleaning products to complete each task. Chances are you already have most if not all of what you need, but it helps to make sure your supplies are ready to go.
Here's a list of some of the cleaning products you might need:
- Broom and dustpan
- Vacuum or sweeper
- Dusting rags or cloths
- Paper towels
- Glass cleaner
- Kitchen cleaning solution (safe for surfaces used for food)
- Floor cleaning solution (for tile, wood, laminate, etc.)
- Dusting spray or wood safe oil
- Toilet bowl cleaner
- Toilet bowl brush
- Mold and mildew cleaner for shower
- Mop and bucket or all in one floor wet/dry
- Hampers or laundry baskets
- Laundry detergent
- Dish detergent
- Scrub brushes
- Baskets or containers for organizing
It's possible to add more to the list, but that basic list should help you get started.
Vinegar and Baking Soda for Cleaning
Green House Cleaning
If you do not like to use chemicals to clean, there are green options for you. These options work just as well as other cleaning supplies and are sometimes cheaper than what you would find in stores!
- White vinegar. Use white vinegar to clean almost anything! Windows, kitchen countertops, grease stains, or even laundry can be cleaned and deodorized with white vinegar.
- Tea Tree Oil. Tea tree oil makes a great disinfectant. Add it to a bottle of water and vinegar for a great cleaning solution.
- Baking Soda. Baking soda is great for deodorizing, plus it can be used to scrub grout or tile. For stubborn stains, add a bit of kosher salt to the mix and scrub with water.
- Lemon Juice. Lemon juice can also be used for stain removal and cleaning windows, and might be a better alternative to vinegar if you don't like the smell of vinegar.
Green House Cleaning Products
Tea Tree Oil
Use tea tree oil as a disinfectant when cleaning.
Organizing Your Home
How often do you organize and declutter your home?
House Cleaning Tips
Here are some tips to help keep cleaning your house easy:
- Reuse old t-shirts, wash cloths, or baby burping cloths as cleaning rags.
- Carry your cleaning supplies around with you in a basket or an organizing bag.
- Keep enough supplies handy on all levels of the house.
- Keep up with the schedule as best as possible. If there is anything left over from one day, add it to another day (for example, Sunday is considered my 'leftover' day for any chores that weren't completed during the week).
- Clean up spills as soon as they occur, especially on carpet or upholstery.
- Pick a day of each month when the house can be decluttered and reorganized. It should be a whole family effort. Throw out trash, recycle what can be recycled, donate gently used clothing or toys, and try to sell what isn't being used.
Cleaning the Living Room
The living room is probably the most used room in my house, so it needs to be cleaned and organized often. Daily, to keep things from getting out of hand, I usually:
- Fold blankets and replace pillows on the couches.
- Sweep the floor, especially if the kids have had snacks.
- Have the kids put away their toys.
Doing these simple things throughout the day helps when unexpected company comes for a visit.
- Scotts Liquid Gold Wood Cleaner
Here's my review of Scott's Liquid Gold Dust n' Go Wipes, which make cleaning wood and other surfaces a breeze.
The kitchen is another heavy traffic area, and one that needs daily attention. Dishes need to be cleaned and put away several times a day to keep the area clean and to keep pests away. The kitchen table is cleaned and disinfected as it is the area where we eat our food. The refrigerator and countertops are cleaned and the floor is swept several times a day as well.
Heavier cleaning, like mopping the floor or cleaning out the refrigerator, is done a few times a month and mostly as needed. Since the kids spill when they eat, especially the toddler, I keep an old towel beneath her chair to catch anything that falls to prevent having to mop the floor several times a day.
Basic bedroom cleaning, like picking up dirty clothes, putting away clean clothes, or making the bed, can be done on a daily basis by everyone in the family. For a deeper clean, including new bed sheets, reorganizing drawers or closets, dusting, cleaning the floor, etc., once a week should suffice, and again it should be a whole family effort.
Organize your laundry to keep it simple. Use separate baskets or hampers for white and dark colored clothing. When folding the laundry, sort it into separate piles of shirts, pants, etc. to make it easier to put them away.
For more laundry tips, visit: How To Make Doing Laundry Easier.
Bathroom Cleaning Tips
Cleaning the bathroom is probably the least liked chore in the house, but it doesn't have to be that bad. Here are a few things you can do every day to keep your bathroom clean:
- Wipe off the area around the sink and the top and lid of the toilet with a paper towel or antibacterial wipe.
- Wipe down the inside of your shower and bathtub after showering. They're easier to clean after they've been wet or covered with vapor from the steam. Plus, by wiping the areas down daily, you're cutting down the chances of mold and mildew growing.
Cleaning Tips for the Home
By following these house cleaning tips, busy parents can get a handle on house cleaning and keep up with it in their very busy lives. The key ideas are to have the entire family involved and to accomplish a little every day.