Household chores can be incredibly stressful, especially when there is more to do than hours in the day. For us busy moms, it can seem almost impossible to stay on top of the housework, especially when we have little ones who leave mess wherever they go.
Don’t worry, it’s not just your child who likes to tip all their toys out at once and spread them around the house. You’re also, not alone if your little one likes to throw or spill food every time she or he eats. The truth is, all kids are messy, which can make it seem like keeping on top of household chores is impossible.
However, that’s not the case, even with messy little ones, you can have a home that’s spick and span. It’s just a case of being smart when it comes to the cleaning, by following these four useful ideas:
- Clean as you go
The golden rule that mom’s with clean houses swear by is clean as you go. Whenever a mess is made, ensure that it’s cleaned up straight away. It’s much easier to keep on top of small jobs than it is to let all the chores pile up.
For instance, when making dinner, once the food is cooking, take a few minutes to clean up. Throw any rubbish, wash up any utensils that have been used, wipe the sides down, and sweep the floor. It will only take a few minutes to do, and will mean that after dinner, you’ll only need to wash the plates and the pot the food was cooked in.
- Have a cleaning schedule
Don’t make the mistake of leaving all your chores for one day, have a plan in place that allows you to complete them throughout the week. Obviously, this shouldn’t include your daily tasks like washing up and disposing of garbage.
For example, on Mondays you could do laundry and vacuum the house. On Tuesdays, you could clean the windows and dust. On Wednesdays you could wash the floors and clean curtains, rugs and sofa cushions. On Thursdays you could vacuum again, and on Fridays you could do laundry. At the weekends, you could then do anything that has been missed.
- Don’t be afraid to get a little help
You may not like the idea of hiring a cleaner, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t get help keeping on top of the house. If there is a certain area that you struggle with, such as keeping on top of your laundry, get help with it.
For instance, instead of struggling to get out to the dry cleaning shop, perhaps you could invest in a dry cleaner delivery and pick up service? Or, if you find that tasks like washing the windows are too time-consuming, consider hiring a window cleaner to deal with it for you. When time is tight, sometimes getting help can make a big difference.
- Make your children responsible
No matter how old your little ones are – three or 13, they should be helping around the house. Obviously, the number of chores that they do will depend on their age, but kids of any age can help out.
For younger kids, it’s just a case of allowing them to get one toy out at once, and putting it away before taking another out. Teaching your children to clean up after themselves from a young age is important, as it will help to set them up for later life.
For older children, a chore list for each day is ideal. Simple things like emptying the trash, loading and unloading the dishwasher or vacuuming, are all ideal chores.
So there you have it, all the best ideas for making it easier to keep on top of your household chores.