Ladies and gentleman, I have managed to keep my house clean for two weeks straight. If this doesn’t seem like a big deal to you, then read my previous post for a little background on my struggle to keep the mess in my house from closing in on me. Now the truth is this bout of neat and tidiness was inspired by my kids having pinworms, and the germophobic sanitizing spree that followed. But that’s just what got me started. Once I had a clean house, I became determined to keep it that way. And in my quest came across these time-saving cleaning ideas that may help other moms (and messy people).
Time-Saving Cleaning Ideas for Busy Moms
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This is it, you guys. This is the product that inspired this post. When I get enthusiastic about something I tend to become a one-woman sales team. You need this. During the pinworm sanitizing nightmare I was vacuuming the carpets in my home every single day. This is usually a bi-monthly activity. One reserved for the rare days I can find the carpet under my kids’ toys. Well, no more. I’ve been running this robot twice a day and loving the clean floors.
My house is surrounded by sandy soil and my barefoot loving ways have been challenged by constantly walking on grit. Ever since the robot vacuum entered my life, my bare feet are grit-free. And even better, my kids’ feet are clean too.
I’ve always been a fan of things that let you multitask and this vacuum is certainly that. I run it in the living room while my kids are napping. And in their bedrooms every morning during breakfast.
The other good thing about this vacuum is that I can’t run it when there are toys and clutter all over my floor. So, I’ve been inspired to make an effort to pick up enough to run my vacuum. Admittedly, this sometimes involves just piling stuff on my counters, but the floors are clean.
2. Sanitizing Stuff in the Dishwasher
Every mom knows that little kids put everything in their mouths. Everything. When I started my home daycare about two years ago, the number of mouths in my home increased. And my desire not to have toys going from one mouth to the other was strong.
I had a bin on my counter every day I filled with all of the toys that had been in someone’s mouth. Every night I hand washed all of these toys. As much fun as that was, I was eager to find a quicker and less labor intensive solution. Enter the dishwasher.
Here is a list of things you can put in your dishwasher besides dishes.
Some of my most dishwashered items include plastic kids’ toys, toothbrushes and hair combs. Check out the list and see what you could be sticking in your dishwasher instead of washing by hand. I bet a few things on the list surprise you.
3. Chores for Kids!
About a year ago, my mom introduced my daughter to the concept of “job money”. This was money she could earn at Gramma’s house by cleaning up toys or helping out. One day Gramma took her shopping with her money and she got a few new toys. A worker bee was born.
More recently, my daughter is after a specific and expensive toy. She is close to earning enough at Gramma’s but asked to supplement her job money by earning some extra at home. Have I got some jobs for you, kid!
At four-years-old, the chores Ellie can actually do are pretty limited. But every little bit helps. Some days I actually struggle to come up with chores she can do on her own. But I’m working on beating down my inner control freak and letting her fold the towels her way.
I feel like this doing chores business is building a foundation that will pay off as she gets older. And before you say anything, she doesn’t earn money for picking up after herself or doing things she should be doing anyway. These are extra jobs she wouldn’t otherwise be doing.
Let’s Keep it This Way
My husband and I have a long-running joke, every time our house is clean for an event we’re hosting we look at each other and say, “The house looks great like this. We should keep it this way.” Then we laugh hysterically.
But seriously, the house looks great like this. I should keep it this way. And I plan to try. If I can do it for two weeks, well, I’ll try to do it for at least two more. You all can be my accountability group! I’ll update you.
P.S. The picture is actually my clean house! Even when it’s clean, it looks lived in.