Now that the kids are back in school, you are likely busy keeping track of sports practices, rehearsals, classes and other extra-curricular activities on top of your own job and errands. Probably one of the last things on your list of things to do is to clean the house. We may not be as “life changing” as The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, but we do have our own cleaning tips to help you save time and keep up with your family’s busy schedule.
Do a Little Bit Each Day
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Nobody wants to spend hours deep cleaning on the weekend and we’ve all done those speed-cleaning frenzies when a house guest is due to arrive any minute. There will be much less last-minute cleaning to do if you tackle a few things each day…and we don’t mean by yourself. What kid doesn’t love to use the dust mop, right?
Try to tackle these areas once a day:
- Wiping down kitchen counters and table
- Clearing dishes out of the sink
- Picking up clothes or toys that get tossed on the floor
- Wiping down the bathroom sink
- Sweeping the floor around the dinner table
Clean Up Messes as They Happen
Whether it’s dirt tracked indoors by your dog or toys thrown from a high chair, it’s best to clean up little messes as they happen, so that stains don’t have time to set in and no one trips or slips over something on the floor. If you happen to have our luxury vinyl tile flooring, you can easily wipe up spills and use a dust pan to clean up everyday household messes. What’s even better, all of our flooring is waterproof. Learn more about our family friendly flooring.
Clean While You Sleep
If only it were that easy…but you can accomplish a couple of things while you sleep. Run the dishwasher before you go to bed so that you can wake up to clean dishes; which can be put away while your morning coffee is brewing. You could also load the dryer before bed and do a quick touch-up in the morning to get rid of any wrinkles.
In a busy household there will always be some chaos, but you can minimize the amount of clutter by having “catch all” bins or baskets in the busiest areas of the house. This way, if you need to tidy up the house quickly, the kids can put any scattered belongings in the room into their bin. There are plenty of stylish storage solutions that allow you to utilize this idea!
By keeping up with clutter and messes as they happen, enlisting some happy helpers, and tackling bigger cleaning projects a little bit at a time, keeping up with housecleaning can be much less stressful and give you more time to spend with your family!