Top 5 Spring Cleaning Tips for Busy Moms
We all lead pretty busy lives. My husband and I both work full time, and we just had our first baby. Things that used to be part of our daily routine (like showers and quiet nights of sleep) are in the past. Thankfully, a clean home is still a possibility most of the time. It just takes a little practice and preparation. Here are my top five cleaning tips to getting on track for the Spring refresh, even if you’re a busy and tired mama.
Make sure everything has a place.
Even in small living quarters, it is possible to keep things tidy. If everything has an assigned spot, there won’t be unnecessary clutter floating around the counter tops and floor. It might be a little cramped, but it can still be organized. This is especially true if you have babies. Babies come with baggage, so the sooner you learn to stay organized, the better. See my article about making the most of small living space here.
Clean up as you go about your day.
This is one that takes some practice. Like I said, we’re busy. We can probably think of a million things that seem more productive than cleaning all day. But, it is better to clean up small messes as we go than to clean a monstrosity at the end of the day. So, rinse the dish you just used, wipe the counter top where you left crumbs, shred the junk mail when you get it home. If you can make this a daily habit, I promise, your life will be easier. Grab my speed-cleaning printout from the resource library to keep you on track!
Always keep a cleaning spray bottle on the counter top.
Put this DIY all-purpose cleaning solution into a cute bottle and keep it in sight. I have a little spray bottle on the counter in my kitchen and bathroom (out of the reach of children, of course). It serves as a gentle reminder to keep the counter tops clean. It takes two seconds to spray the counter tops and wipe them dry with a hand towel as you pass through the room.
Clean with intention.
I’m always talking about doing things with intention, and keeping a clean home is no exception. Whether you are a working mom, a bachelor, a student, or just someone who wants a clean space to live, have a cleaning goal in mind each day and stick to it. If you intend to make sure the dishes are done every single night, get them done no matter how tired or distracted you may be. If you have little children, make it a game that they can get involved in. I’m a firm believer of doing everything with intention, and keeping the house clean is no exception.
Make no excuses.
I think we are all guilty of that “I’ll just let this dirty pan soak in the sink overnight” mentality. But let’s face it, that is just code for “I’m too lazy to clean this, so I’ll leave it in the sink”. That mentality tends to cost more of our valuable time later on, and it allows for dirty dishes and clutter to pile up. Before you know it, one pan turns into a sink full of dishes with dried food stuck on them. So just remind yourself, it will only take a few minutes to wash the pan (or the dinner dishes)…and it is usually easier to clean a dirty pan when it is still warm, so just knock it out and be done.
Overall, I think the most important thing to do for a clean home is to make sure everything has an assigned place, and to keep it there when it’s not being used. My home is far from perfect; it gets messy, it gets dusty, and we have lazy days where nothing much gets done. But for the most part, I’m determined to have a clean and comfortable home, so I use these cleaning tips myself and recommend them to everyone I know.
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