One of the best feelings in the world is relaxing in a clean house. Lucky for me, as a busy, working mom I always have the time to keep my house immaculately clean and completely organized. PSYCHE! 😉 Not even close to reality. That’s why I need quick and simple clean house tips – which I am sharing with you today.
Quick & Easy – Clean House Tips
Most likely my dreams of a consistently spotless home will have to wait for the day that I hire a housekeeper or until my kids move out – whichever happens first. In the meantime I have come up with a few clean house tips that keep my home mostly clean most of the time.
If you have spent much time looking around our site you have discovered that I managed to increase my health and happiness by taking a balanced approach to most aspects of busy mom life. This includes housekeeping.
Now listen, I am all for a clean house, but not at the expense of my sanity, stress level or time with my family. So, if you come to my house you will probably see mail sitting on our piano and perhaps some toys that someone neglected to put away. This is because people – ACTUAL HUMANS – live in our house. That is what makes it a home!
The Busy Mom’s Guide to a (mostly) Clean House
Instead of a regimented cleaning schedule, I have a few quick habits that maintain neatness throughout the week. They take very little time and help our home looking presentable. More importantly, it gives me time to play and relax with my family.
Focus on the Fridge
A neat and tidy fridge will instantly help you feel like your house is more organized
- Remove the clutter
Last month’s school lunch menu still on the fridge? Toss it! Along with any other outdated or random items you have stuck up there.
Instead use an organizer that takes up a small space and only post items there. Instantly your kitchen will feel more put together.
- Wipe it down
Hand prints, smudges and refrigerator spills are a weekly occurrence in our house. Grab a paper towel and non-toxic cleaning spray to give it a wipe down.
While you’re at it toss out anything that is expired or has been in there long enough for you to have forgotten about it.
When the kiddos were little I started using these bins to keep their self-serve snacks accessible to them, but they are also a great way to keep things organzied.
It’s amazing how a quick wipe down and purge of the fridge instantly makes the entire space feel clean and organized.
Make your bed
Depending on the day, when I get out of bed in the morning there is usually a toddler or a husband still in it. That means that I have to wait until everyone is up and at ’em before the bed gets made, but I always make sure it’s done before I head out the door. Making the bed is a simple task that really pulls together the entire bedroom.
- Ever notice how when your bed is made your room looks clean, even if it isn’t? There might be socks on the floor and clutter on top of the dresser, but somehow a neat bed draws your eye away from everything else.
- Also use this time to put away any clothes or shoes that might be lying on the bed or floor along.
- This is a great habit for your kids as well. We fell in love with Beddies one-piece, high quality, zippered bedding that allows our kiddos to easily make their beds (even with a bunk bed)
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Do Your Dishes
(or at least put them in the dishwasher)
My mother-in-law loves doing dishes. That means that my husband grew up in a home where there was hardly ever a dish in the sink. Needless to say, my hubby has high standards when it comes to dishes. I didn’t enter our relationship with the same standards, so our dishes situation has been a bit of a compromise.
There is one area that we agree on when it comes to dishes. When there are dirty dishes in the sink, they seem to multiply like rabbits. Eventually there are dishes everywhere and the task of washing them seems almost impossible; overwhelming at the very least.
Our current rule is two fold:
1) The dishwasher is emptied as soon as the cycle has finished running. This makes sure that it is always ready to accept a dirty dish.
2) Dishes go directly into the dishwasher instead of being placed in the sink.
Confession: My previous dish washing style called for allowing the dishwasher to serve as a cabinet and I would put dishes in the sink, while I took the clean dishes out of the dishwasher as needed. I realize now the error of my ways 😉
Wipe Down Counters and Tables
It’s amazing what a quick wipe down can do. It also guarantess that gunk gets cleaned off before it gets hard and impossible to clean.This habit only takes a few seconds for each surface:
- Baby wipes aren’t just for babies
Even though my kids have been potty trained for years, I still keep baby wipes around the house for quick clean ups. Perfect for wiping down bathroom sinks and counters after washing your hands.
- The power of a paper towel
Once you do put the dishes in the dishwasher, quickly rinse the sink and wipe the counters and kitchen table with a cloth.
The super bonus to this habit is that it forces you to keep stuff off your counters. It’s a magical viscous cyle: Your house looks clean because there is less stuff on your counters and you will wipe them down because they are free of clutter. Score!
Don’t neglect your cabinets and light switches
Ok, you just wiped down your counters and tables. Now QUICK – before you put down your cloth take a look at your cabinets and light switches.
Holy Cannoli RIGHT!?!!?
- I love my white cabinets, but they show absolutely everything – handprints, smudges, grime -even footprints (from my kiddos climbing up on the counters to get the treats that I have unsuccessfully attempted to hide on the top shelf).
- Depending on the severity of the situation you might be able to get away with cleaning off the grime with a wet paper towel. More serious situations may require a magic eraser.
- Voila! Just a few moments of your day and your kitchen is back to looking it’s best!
Don’t Look Down
When the hustle-bustle of busy momma life gets the best of me, keeping the floors clean is one of the first tasks that get neglected. That is how I discovered how important clean floors are if you want your house to look clean. Spending just a few minutes to focus on the floors makes your whole house look clean.
- Listen to me busy mama – you need an automatic floor cleaner! In the early days they had a lot of glitches, that meant that you still had to clean the floors after the robot was done. The technology has come a long way and now you can truly push a button and forget about it. Before we got our Roomba, we had this vaccum, which was fantastic.
- If you don’t have a robot to clean your floors you will need an old fashioned broom, mop and some elbow grease to get your floors looking good.
A Few More Clean House Tips to Keep You on Track
- If you need to do your cleaning all at once you could easily get this routine done in 30 minutes. Set a timer, turn on some good music and get goin! Get your family involved in the process and turn your cleaning session into a Family Fitness Challenge.
- Clean as you go. This routine doesn’t need to be done all at once, and can just be completed as you go throughout your day. Breaking it up in to smaller chunks reduces overwhelm and also ensures that your house is getting tidied up consistently throughout the day.
- Do one load of laundry per day. We have four people in our house plus a hamper in the bathroom. I do one load per day throughout the week and then I don’t have any laundry to do on the weekends! A-mazing!
- Tackle paper clutter. Honestly- I am still working on this one. I know exactly what I need to do; I just need to make it a priority. Deal with mail when it is in your hand, file the kids artwork away (I love these) and recycle magazines on a monthly basis.
So, there you have it mama – quick and simple clean house tips to keep your home looking mostly clean, most of the time.
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