When you have kids, you can feel that you have a constant whirlwind of toys, clutter, and dirt building within your home. Keeping on top of your home and keeping it clean and tidy can be easier than you think. Homes are there to be lived in, and they are not meant to be perfect all of the time (as this would be too stressful to achieve). Being realistic about what you can achieve will help you to maintain a healthy and happy home.
Clean Little and Often
Building cleaning into your daily routine is important. Cleaning when you are on the go and even playing with your kids is the way forwards. If you try to carve out a specific time in the day to clean, you will find that it will be fruitless and pointless. You will get distracted halfway through cleaning an area or room, and it will never get finished as well as you want it to. So, instead of having this frustration, focus on cleaning little and often throughout the day. For example, if you see something is dirty, like a mirror in the hallway, then clean it there and then, don’t wait until later.
Create a Cleaning Schedule
Even though you don’t want to carve up your day, it helps to timetable certain cleaning activities, such as the hoovering or the mopping. This way, you can ensure that these activities get completed each week, and you can ensure your stress levels remain manageable. A monthly cleaning schedule may be useful in a busy family home, and it may help you to get those bigger jobs done (such as cleaning the dishwasher or cleaning the fridge freezer inside and out).
Use Other Professional Cleaners and Services
When you are on the go all of the time, you may also find it beneficial to utilize a professional cleaning service from time to time. For example, in the springtime, you may find it useful to get people in to undertake carpet cleaning throughout your whole home – as this will kick start a new and fresh season. Or, you may find it beneficial to have professionals come in and give your home a deep clean once every few months. A deep clean then gives you the chance to hit the refresh button. It gives you the chance to then focus on daily chores and jobs.
Organizing and Decluttering are Essential
Even though you may always feel like you are chasing your tail, you should try and make time for organizing and decluttering your home. When you have lots of toys to clean up around, it can make cleaning more stressful than it needs to be. When you are organizing and decluttering, you are once again taking control of your home. Focusing on one area or room at a time will give you the opportunity to sort through what you and your children have and what needs to be kept or thrown. Keeping unused or unwanted items will create piles of clutter, and cleaning around clutter is challenging. When you also focus on the organization, you can be sure that everything in your home has a place and that it is put in its place at the end of the day – ready to be used again.