Before having my second child I thought it would be damn near impossible to get any cleaning done around the house. Some days, I don’t get anything done. I have to say that my biggest piece of advice is to just accept that some days your house will look like ish. That’s ok. Any mom that tells you her house is always spotless is full of it. The messes will be there tomorrow. Sometimes your little ones just need YOU. That being said, these are some “hacks” that I’ve picked up over the years.
- Start laundry and dishes (if you have a dish washer) before starting other chores.
- That way you can move onto other tasks that require your full attention
- Start from the top and work your way to the bottom.
- If you need to dust or clean the ceiling fans, do that first so that the fall out goes to the floor and you can vacuum it all up.
- Have small containers to maintain toys throughout the day so the kids can still play but you’re not constantly putting the toys “up.”
- Then once they’re asleep or ready to clean up completely, you transfer the toys to they’re rightful place.
- Save vacuuming for the end of the day after nap time and before bed.
- You’ll either be vacuuming all day long, or waking the kids up. It may drive you crazy, but leaving it for the end of the day will allow you to focus on other tasks.
- Work in sections/rooms.
- If you’re going from one end of the house to another you’ll wear yourself out and waste time.
- Baby wear
- If you have a newborn or infant babywearing can allow you to multi-task like you wouldn’t believe. You can even breastfeed while cleaning. (Use common sense and do NOT use harmful chemicals around a baby) You can most definitely baby wear a toddler too, but I find it to be very heavy and hot.
- Put on some music!
- Cleaning sucks, but it can be a lot more fun if you can shake your booty and lip sync to some kickass 90s pop music. OH MY GOD WE’RE BACK AGAIN!
- Clean the microwave with ease with this hack:
- Fill a bowl with water and microwave for 3 minutes. All that nasty stuff will be loosened up with the steam and it’ll be much easier to wipe up.
- Be ok with screen time:
- Some moderate and appropriate screen time for the little ones is not a bad thing and can distract them while you get things done, or do something for YOU. (Gasp!!!)
- Incorporate exercise while you clean:
- Complete a task and do 10 squats. Your counters will sparkle and your ass will look phenomenal.
- Distract the kiddos with tasks that don’t need your undivided attention.
- If your child(ren) is old enough to do a puzzle, color, sensory play, etc. let them play for a bit while you do your cleaning thang.
- Once your kids hit the age of 2 or 3 they can start learning to clean up with you.
- Keep in mind that this won’t exactly help you until they’re a bit older, but it will help them to learn to follow instructions and develop a sense of responsibility. They’ll be so proud of themselves when they help you complete a task too.
- Whistle while you work….
- I’ve heard it helps
What are some hacks that help you get things done? These hacks are obviously not exclusively for stay-at-home-moms, but I’m writing from my perspective and remember it being a different ball game when I was working outside the home. So please no judgement from either side. We’re all hard working mamas wearing multiple hats. Build women up by supporting one another!
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