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The Best Cleaning Tips for Busy Moms: How to Keep Your House Spotless with a Full Time Job

Cleaning is a necessary chore for any household, but it can be time consuming and difficult to find the motivation to clean your house when you have a full-time job. It can also be tough to keep up with the housework if you are running around taking care of your kids all day. The best way to stay on top of cleaning is by finding some simple tips that will make your life easier! Here are five great tips for busy moms who want their house spotless with little time investment.

1. Use baby wipes in place of traditional soap and water  

Baby wipes work great as an alternative method of cleaning just about anything from counter tops (just rinse them off after use) and bathroom sinks, toilet bowls, etc. These are also great for wiping down the table and chairs before dinner as well. Keep a package out on the counter as an easy way to clean messes quickly without extra effort.

2. Water, Bleach and Tide  

Do yourself a huge favor and invest in a box of powdered Tide. This stuff is GOLD when it comes to cleaning tile floors, countertops, bathroom sinks, etc. Just mix with hot water and a splash of bleach, and you have an awesome universal cleaner that works hard on multiple surfaces in your home.

Water bleach and tide

3. Line your refrigerator shelves and drawers with paper towel  

You can cut paper towel into any size you want. The towels soak up spills and are easily thrown away when they're dirty after a day or two so new ones are always close at hand! This will save you time and headaches from cleaning up sticky messes in your fridge.

4.  Do a nightly declutter spree through the house  

I find that by keeping up with the clutter on a daily basis, it doesn't get as out of control and overwhelming. Every night before bed, spend just a few minutes putting away the extra stuff that has accumulated from the day. Toys, dirty clothes, random bowls and sippy cups from your kid's snacks...just make it a habit. You'll be thankful you don't have to stare at it the next morning!

5. Wipe down sinks and faucets using vinegar water mixture once a week  

Vinegar is the secret ingredient to killing that nasty orange/pink fungus that builds up around faucets, drains and in showers. Keep a mixture of water and vinegar under the sink, spray and wipe down once a week, and you won't have to spend extra minutes scrubbing it away from the neglect. Plus, a clean sink is always a great way to start the day, and makes you feel just a bit better about your life!

Clean sinks and faucets

6. Invest in a lightweight hard-floor vacuum  

If you have hardwood floors, or a combination of carpet and hardwood flooring in your home, invest in an inexpensive lightweight vacuum cleaner. This will save you tons of time with the after dinner mess. I keep mine plugged-in and ready to use in the kitchen, and simply vacuum up the leftover crumbs when we're done eating. I love my Bissell Featherlight! It's super affordable too.

Light weight floor vaccum

7. Clean as you go  

One of the best house cleaning tips for moms is to clean and pick up as you go. Instead of saving the mess to be cleaned at a later time, just make it habit to clean up right away. Cleaning as you go is much more productive and effective than waiting to clean a huge mess. I use this method mainly in the kitchen when cooking or preparing meals. Taking 3-5 minutes to put away dishes and wipe down the stove/counter is much more feasible than finding 60 minutes to clean the whole kitchen at once.

loading dishwasher

8. Give everything a place  

One of the easiest ways to keep your house clean and free of clutter is to get organized and give everything a place. If you don't have a designated spot for everything in your home, eventually the mess will continue to pile up. Use large baskets for toys and blankets, square bins for books or DVD's, or even a small "catch all" basket for those random items like pens, stamps, headphones, etc. Once everything has an assigned place, clean up becomes a breeze and much less overwhelming.

9. Put away laundry as soon as it's clean  

You don't want to have piles of laundry out as a constant reminder that you need to get to it. I know from experience that folding five loads of laundry takes considerably more time than folding one. If you take 10-15 minutes to fold and put away the laundry as it's cleaned throughout the week, you won't be struggling to find a 90 minute window do it all at once. Plus, you won't have to be digging around for clean socks in the morning, which also takes extra time!

folding laundry

10. Keep a lint roller in multiple rooms to collect pet hair on the spot

Save yourself time vacuuming and keep from spreading that dog hair around the house (more than it already is). Keep a lint roller in your living room, bedroom, basement- anywhere your pets frequently hang out. A quick roll every night will cut down on the amount of hair that accumulates by the end of the week.

11. Have a cleaning supply caddy

Find a good-sized container, preferably with a handle or even a rolling caddy like this one. Fill it with all your necessary cleaning products and supplies, so you aren't running back and forth grabbing the necessary tools for each room. When you have everything together in one spot, it not only saves time but also keeps you focused on the room at hand.

Rolling cleaning supply caddy

While your house may never be spotless until your kids turn 18 and you hit retirement, keeping up with the daily messes will make you feel more accomplished and sane. As a busy mom, we are always trying to do the best in every area of our life. The truth is, as long as the kids are fed and the dog hasn't torn up the neighbors flowers again, we're doing okay. And the sometimes, the mess can wait until tomorrow.

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August 17, 2021