Are you a parent to a preschooler, toddler or baby? Is your house in a semi-constant state of chaos? Are you completely worn out, but still want to have a sort-of clean home?
Welcome to the club! I’ve never been a “neat” person, but having littles that like to make messes has driven me to want to clean.
My college roommates are probably rejoicing!
Anyway, cleaning with little ones at home is super tough, and next to impossible. I’ve given up on the idea of having a clean house, and I’m hoping for something that’s sanitary and safe. I’d also like to have people over to our home without being totally embarrassed.
For me, doing a little bit of cleaning every day is way easier than doing a huge clean once a week, like
we the cleaning ladies did before we had kids and we were both working.
Here’s what I’m doing every day to keep on top of things. As you know, much of what I do is destroyed or messed up right after I do it. But, by doing these things once each day, I at least know that there is (or was) some level of cleanliness and sanitation in our home. Okay, okay, these are my daily tasks:
1. Unload the dishwasher in the morning (usually while the kiddos have breakfast).
2. Sweep the kitchen floor.
3. Wipe down countertops, sink, tables, kiddo chairs.
4. Do one load of laundry and put away all of the clean clothes.
5. Load the dishwasher during the day. Run the dishwasher at night so it’s ready to be unloaded in the morning.
6. One weekly cleaning task (I will write about this soon).
If I can get to these six things every day, I’m doing pretty well. It keeps things fairly clean so that I’m not going insane, yet it’s not a routine that’s striving for perfection. The goal is for the house to be undisgusting, not spotless. Do you have any tips for keeping your house in under control with little ones?
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