How To Have A Clean Home When You Have Small Children
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I wouldn’t be surprised if a few people clicked on this and expected the post to be about how you CAN’T have a clean home with small children.
Y’know, the type that says to just let go and embrace the chaos? Those articles have their place, but for some (read ME) people having a clean home isn’t just about being house proud.
In truth, we barely ever get visitors so that just isn’t the case. It is like the state of the home is directly connected to the state of my mind. If it is messy and unkempt, then I feel lost and out of focus.
Hands up if you’re the same?!
Well, sister, I’ve got good news for you, because I’ve got some simple strategies and products that have really helped me to maintain a clean home.
1) Have a Cleaning Schedule
I’m only sharing three things with you today (although there are probably more), but these three things make a huge difference to my week.
First on the list is to have a cleaning schedule. I’ve seen all kinds of cleaning schedules from the most detailed to the most basic. Find what works for you and put it into practice.
Having just one or two small cleaning jobs a day is a lot more achievable than letting it build up and having a mountain of work to tackle.
If you’re looking for somewhere to start, you can download my free cleaning list –> HERE.
Having your cleaning routine written down is especially helpful during times of big transition, such as adding a new baby to the family.
Your mind is often filled to capacity and it is easy to get overwhelmed and forget what has and has not been done. I also enjoyed having a written cleaning schedule because it was easy to then refer my mother to it when she asked what needed to be done.
For me, cleaning is like meal planning. The jobs just don’t get done (at least not well) unless I put the time in to plan them out.
2) Have A Place For Everything
This is almost more important than the cleaning schedule.
When we moved into our home almost two years ago, the storage needed adding to. I could never get the place looking clean enough because there just weren’t places to actually put things.
Flash forward to now and we’re much more organised. All toys have their home, as well as the rest of the things we have in our home. It makes clean up a breeze and much less of a chore.
It also gives you boundaries. If the toys can’t fit in their toy box, then it means we have too many and its time to purge.
We tend to do a good toy purge every 3-6 months. Honestly, it often takes place shortly after Christmas and birthdays. The kids receive an abundance of new toys and there is just nowhere to put them.
As well as giving you the opportunity to declutter, it also can give your children a chance to donate the toys that they no longer play with.
3) Get A Rosie
A what? Is that a housecleaner? Kind of.
We’ve named her because I love her so much that I practically consider her to be part of our family. Upon the recommendation of several friends, we splurged last year and purchased a robot vacuum.
Honestly, it wasn’t far above the price of a regular vacuum cleaner anyway. Let me tell you though…best. decision. EVER.
Anyone with small children will give testament to the fact that there is junk on the floor all the time. Crumbs, bits of torn up paper, and who knows what else. I used to dread having to drag the vacuum out every night to give the place a good clean. Now that Rosie has joined us, I only drag our regular vacuum out on the very rare occasion.
How does it work? Every night before we go to bed we lift the dining chairs onto the table. We also pick up toys, cushions, etc so that the floor is clear. Then around 10:30 pm our robot vacuum turns herself on and vacuums our entire living area.
I wake up in the morning and it is like elves have come and cleaned my living room for me. Seriously, one of the best household investment we’ve made. 🙂
We have the iLIFE 7s Pro and are very happy with it, but there are many, many options out there to choose from! Below are a couple that friends of mine also own and are satisfied with.
It has almost been a year now since we made the purchase and I still hold fast to our decision. It saves me so. much. time.
I would say that the two things that I would struggle to live without as far as cleaning goes would be my vacuum and my dishwasher. Both save me hours of time and effort. They also both keep my home in a fairly decent state.
Now, share with me. What makes your life easier and helps you to keep on top of the housework?
Today, the ladies of the Babywise Friendly Blogging Network are sharing all their tips on housekeeping. Check out what they have to say via the links below. 🙂
- Katrina (Mama’s Organized Chaos) – Challenge Yourself To Not Clean Up For Your Child
- Emily (The Journey of Parenthood) – How To Encourage Your Children To Help With Household Chores
- Valerie (Chronicles of a Babywise Mom) – Easy Cleaning Schedule Options for Busy Moms
- Caitlin (Twin Mom and More) – How To Keep Your House Clean in Ten Minutes A Day
- Kim (Team Cartwright) – How To Use A Block Schedule To Prioritize Cleaning
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Hi! I’m Christine. I am a former registered nurse, turned stay-at-home mom, turned work-at-home mom!
Motherhood has always been my passion and blogging has only added to that and given me a creative outlet to share about the things I love.
As my blog has grown, my desire to share the knowledge of what makes my life less stressful, simplified, and more fulfilled has become one of my driving forces.
I have a heart for mothers that feel as though they are just existing from day to day and are longing for more. You can find out more about me and my family over on my ‘About Me‘ page.
As well as the abundance of posts you’ll find on my blog, you can also find me over at Today Parenting.