Cleaning the house is one of the most time consuming things in a mother’s life. It doesn’t help that while we clean, we also usually have kids running after us making messes or trying to steal our cleaning tools. That’s why I’ve compiled these house cleaning hacks to help all of us have an easier time tidying up and keeping things neat as well!
The secret to a clean house
The first we all need to do, is get rid of clutter. It is impossible to properly clean your home if you have too much stuff. Finding a spot for everything is crucial, which might mean getting rid of some things first.
When I clean my kid’s rooms I attack first with a garbage bag. I’m amazed at how much trash ends up in their rooms each week. Be it “treasures”(trash) that they loved for a day and will never touch again, broken pieces of toys or even paper towels that they’ve smuggled into their rooms, getting the trash out first makes for easier cleaning later.
The same technique can be used on the rest of the house as well. Empty all the trash cans and then run through the home with a large plastic trash bag. Throw in everything that doesn’t belong and take it outside immediately. Then, you can do the same type of run-through, this time grabbing things that can go to charity. It’s amazing the nick nacks, and ill-fitting clothes that stack up in corners, simply because we truly have no use for them. Purging these things before deep cleaning will make your job a lot easier in the long run.
Once you’ve rid the house of all the things you don’t need, you can implement a room by room cleaning schedule. I am totally not a rules/schedule type of person, but I have to say that this method helps a lot. Your house will never get to that “out of control” messy state again, if you keep to the schedule she made for us (Above) and just do a little bit every day.
I’m not a neat freak, but I don’t want my home to be gross or uncomfortable either. I go for a realistic amount of clean. Where my kids feel comfortable playing, being themselves and having fun, but I wouldn’t be super stressed if I had only an hour’s notice before guests came over.
Some cleaning tricks you may not know about:
Is your stainless steel fridge constantly covered with finger prints? Spray it down with WD-40 and wipe it dry with paper towels. I have never seen a fridge sparkle like a stainless one that has recently been cleaned this way. It is truly amazing!
A few months ago I stumbled across this two ingredient carpet cleaner. First off, I love that it’s not an army of chemicals going onto the floors that my babies crawl on. Also, it’s cheaper and works amazingly well. You definitely need to try it next time your kids spill something crazy on the carpet!
For moms of littles, another crazy cleaning tip is to vacuum your table after meals. Instead of wiping down the mountain of crumbs and trying to catch it all in your hand, use the attachments on your vacuum to get rid of the mess. Then you can wipe everything down with a soapy sponge to kill the germs. Saves so much time and things get much more clean!
Lastly, have the cleaning talk with your family. Mom can’t be the only one cleaning up around the house, but your family might need some specific ideas of how they can help and how they are expected to pitch in. Being open and honest about what needs done and who needs to do it can take a lot of the stress off of you.
What are the house cleaning hacks you can’t live without? Share in the comments!