There’s a reason why housekeepers exist. It’s because keeping a house clean is a full-time job! But if you’re like me, you are a working mom who wants a clean house, but you don’t want to hire a housekeeper. What you need is a realistic cleaning schedule for working moms.
How do working moms keep their house clean?
Ah…yes…the age old question
How does one possibly keep up on the housework when you are:
- Raising a family
- Working full time
- Trying to do #allthethings
The truth is this is not a simple task.
It took me years to realize that I was working myself to the bone, by spending all day at work only to come home and start my second job.
Eventually, I reached my breaking point
(Unfortunately, my health, my husband and my kids suffered the consequences)
That’s when I realized that there had to be an easier way.
After some research and experimentation, I discovered that there are a few things that you can do to make having a clean house and being a working mom possible.
How to keep a clean house when you work full-time
#1 – Declutter
Hands down this is the #1 game changer.
As a working mom, you will never get a handle on the house if it is full of junk, toys, clothes and clutter.
If you have been feeling overwhelmed by your messy house – this is where you need to put all of your effort right now.
Once you have the clutter under control your house is going to immediately feel much more neat and tidy.
Then, you will be able to spend more time on actually cleaning instead of picking up all the time.
If you want to see some quick results you can grab my Quick Declutter Printable Checklist.
Related Post: How to Create a Clutter-Free Home with Kids
#2 Only Shop with a List
Part of the reason why our homes are so messy is because we have too much stuff.
If you follow my advice, you will make sure that you declutter your house and that will make a huge difference.
However, if you just fill it back up again your house will always look messy.
Instead, make sure that anytime you go shopping you bring a list along and stick to the list!
By avoiding impulse purchasing you will help to keep clutter out of your home and it will be easier to keep clean.
#3 Stay On Top of the Laundry
One of the biggest homemaking challenges for working moms is the laundry.
When you have a laundry system that works, it will be quick and easy.
No more dirty clothes on the floor or clean clothes in piles waiting to be put away.
Related Post: How to Stop the Laundry from Piling Up!
# 4 – Do a Daily Home Re-Set
A home re-set is a quick cleaning routine that gets your house in order in just a few minutes.
This typically takes our family of four about 10 minutes.
A home re-set includes things like:
- Unload and load the dishwasher
- Hang up coats and backpacks
- Put away shoes
- Toss in a load of laundry
- Wipe down the counters
- Put away toys
Depending on your family’s schedule a home re-set can be done in the morning or in the evening.
Our mornings are already packed, so we typically do a re-set in the evening.
Plus, this makes it so nice to wake up to a tidy home in the morning!
By following these tips routines, you will quickly notice that you actually can have a clean house when you work full-time.
But maybe you are thinking you need something more specific, so here you go:
A Printable House Cleaning Schedule for Working Moms
Want to know what you should be doing on a daily and weekly basis in order to have a clean house?
Then be sure to grab my Clean House Checklist!
This printable bundle has everything you need to keep you motivated to stay on top of the mess and finally have a clean house.
The checklist outlines a cleaning routine with quick and easy tasks for each area of the house during the week.
The checklist is part of my FREE PRINTABLES LIBRARY – all you need to do to get access to all the printables (and weekly email tips from me) is to sign up in the link above.
But let’s say that you’re crazy, and you don’t want exclusive access to all of my freebies and printables….
Then here are some tips to help you maintain a tidy home when you have to go to work everyday:
Daily Cleaning Schedule for Working Moms
Quick and easy tasks to do each day for a neat and tidy home.
- Make Beds
- Do a load of laundry
- Wipe down counters in kitchen and bathroom
- Tidy the living room
- Sweep floors and/or vacuum every 2 days
Weekly Cleaning Schedule for Working Moms
Cleaning activities that cover the entire house – to be done throughout the week.
- Wipe down tubs/showers
- Clean bathroom mirrors
- Dust flat surfaces
- Mop floors
- Wipe down the refrigerator door and shelves
- Take out the garbage
- Wash bedding and towels
There you have it mama! My top tips for keeping a clean house when you are a working mom.