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You’ll be hard pushed to find a parent who manages to juggle every ball that life throws at them. It’s pretty much impossible to keep the house spotless, the kids clean and happy, look after yourself and work all at the same time. Those who do probably have hired help or they are secretly superhuman. No amount of coffee can facilitate how much we as parents have to get done on a day-to-day basis. Cleaning is an unavoidable necessity, some love it, some hate it, but we all have to do it.
I am a single mum, so sharing the load isn’t an option for me. Whilst the kids are clean, fed, watered and happy, my eye bags need their own postcode. Our home is clean and tidy, but my clothes are nearly always stained. Until recently, I completely neglected myself. I advocate the importance of self-care here on the blog, but often forget to eat! I run a small business, a home, and look after two children all on my own but I wasn’t looking after myself. Something had to change, I needed to make small changes and restore the balance for the sake of my wellbeing.
In this post I’d like to share the changes I have made over the past few months. These changes are all cleaning and household related. Each and every change can be adapted to suit busy families of all shapes and sizes. I promise you, you will notice a huge difference to your home and your life. Nowadays I don’t feel guilty for taking time out for myself, because I know everything has been done. I haven’t changed the amount I do, but I have made my busy life more manageable and beneficial for myself and the children. We all love a life hack, so here are some cleaning hacks you’ll wish you’d known sooner.
- Once a month, give the house a deep clean, this makes daily cleaning and maintenence much more manageable.
- Organise your cleaning products, don’t keep them all in one cupboard. Keep bathroom products in the bathroom, kitchen cleaners in the kitchen etc. That way everything is easily accessible and you don’t have to keep going back and forth.
- Accept that a show home just isn’t possible with tiny humans around. There will be clutter, fingerprints on the windows and lego stuck in the hoover pipe.
- Create a cleaning schedule to avoid becoming overwhelmed. I use a cleaning schedule to help me keep track of what needs doing and when. I also follow The Organised Mum Method (aff) which can be adapted to suit your needs.
- Get the kids involved, ask them to help you tidy or give them a duster and let them loose on the cobwebs in the lounge. Both Mia and Theo have a small list of chores they need to do each day including making their bed, putting their dirty clothes in the laundry basket and tidying up after themselves. When they’ve completed each chore they get a tick on their chart and they are rewarded if they get a certain amount of ticks a week. Their chores may seem simple, but delegating simple tasks to the children allows you to share the load a little.
- Don’t let things pile up. The bigger the pile of washing up and/or laundry to put away gets, the more your motivation to tackle it will decrease.
- Give the bathroom a quick clean each day. The bathroom needs to remain hygenic, which can be difficult with little ones around! I don’t clean our bathroom all in one go, instead I mop the floors when I mop the kitchen floor, wipe the toilet with anti-bac wipes every day and alternate the days that I clean the sink and the bathtub.
- Instead of spending 75% of your day tidying, allocate 15-20 minutes in the evening to put away clutter such as toys and crafts. Tidying in one big chunk instead of lots of little chunks is far more manageable and far less frustrating.