As homeschool moms it can feel like we have an endless to-do list. There are always meals to prepare and housework that needs done, on top of all we do as moms, teachers, and wives. What makes it even harder is we’re home seeing what needs done, but struggle to find time to squeeze one more thing to do into our day.
I’ve discovered a few tricks over the years to staying on top of housework despite having an endless to-do list. Is my house showroom ready? Definitely not, but it’s manageable, comfortable, and we have clean clothes.😉
Whether you’re feeling overwhelmed or just looking for help to get things done, I hope these cleaning tips help you as much as they still help me.
Make a Cleaning Routine
There are things that need cleaned daily, weekly, and not as often. Make a cleaning routine for each one.
- The easiest way I have found to get daily cleaning done is to include it in my morning and evening routines.
- For a weekly cleaning routine try designating each chore to be done on a particular day, for example floors on Friday. Another idea for a weekly cleaning routine is to set aside an hour or two on a certain day and get them all out of the way at once.
- Don’t forget to make a routine for those chores that don’t need done as often, like dusting the blinds or cleaning windows. If you need more help with coming up with a cleaning routine that works for you, this post walks you through it.
Clean as You Go
Don’t let dirty dishes sit while you’re cooking. Instead clean as you go. Did you use the cutting board to cut some meat that is now cooking on the stove? Rinse the cutting board and knife off and put them in the dishwasher while you’re browning the meat.
Wipe down counters while something heats in the microwave. Don’t waste precious minutes waiting while something cooks. You can clean a lot in a few minutes, such as:
- Unload the dishwasher
- Wash a few dishes
- Wipe down the counters
- Throw out old food
- Organize a drawer or cabinet
Set the Timer
Set your timer for 15 minutes and race against the clock to get an area of your home clean. It’s amazing how much you can get done in just 15 focused minutes and racing against the clock helps you clean faster too.
Make a cleaning caddy for each level of your home. Then if you have a few minutes while you’re waiting for someone or something you’ll have it handy to quickly clean something.
Sink Reflections is one of my favorite books for getting motivated to clean and in it the author says, “You can’t organize clutter.”
Get rid of clutter. Make it fun by challenging yourself or your children to fill a bag or donate a certain number of items. Tricia from This Life of Ours, challenged herself to fill every box that came to their home for an entire month with things they no longer needed. What a great use for all of those Amazon boxes!
Baskets & Buckets
Set a basket or bucket in a room to collect items that need taken to another room. You can race your children to see who adds the most items or add things to the bucket as you’re giving a spelling test.
Leave a Room Cleaner Than You Found It
This was something I learned in a parenting class when my children were younger, but it’s stuck with me. If you walk into a room leave it cleaner than you found it.
- So if I put away some laundry in my little boys’ rooms, I pick up a few toys while I’m in there.
- I go to the bathroom, like a million times a day, so I add to the stock of toilet paper, change the trash bag, or wipe down a sink.
Challenge your children to do the same thing. It’s oddly fun trying to find something you can do to make the room look nicer.
Make Your Bed
As soon as your bed is empty in the morning, make it! It only takes a couple of minutes and makes your entire room look cleaner. You’ll thank yourself when you climb into bed at night too. A made bed is so relaxing.
Make It Fun
Treat yourself with listening to a podcast while you clean or watching a show while you fold laundry. Put on some fun music and rock out with your kids while y’all knock out some chores.
Take Advantage of Snippets of Time
Don’t think you don’t have time to do anything productive because you’re leaving in 10 minutes. Make the most of time you’re waiting.
- Clean a bathroom.
- Pick up a bedroom.
- Switch the laundry.
- Match socks.
- Put away items that had been placed in the bucket for another room.
I hope these tips will help you feel less overwhelmed and maybe even make cleaning fun, well sometimes. 😉
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