Cleaning the house while children are growing is like shoveling snow while it is still snowing.  This saying was cross-stitched and framed at my aunt’s house where I would spend a few weeks in the summer with my cousin. We would usually sew something while I was there too. One year it was a quilt; another memorable project was a kelley green Units system outfit. For those too young to know what that is, look it up. I think you will be impressed. That aunt, however, kept a home that looked like an article from Better Homes and gardens, 1983 edition, was photo shot there. My standards are much lower, or as I like to say, more practical for the busy human. 

Here are a few tips that I have learned along the way as I was raising and homeschooling 5 children, where a large part of the day was making messes then cleaning them up.

  1. Make your bed– I know  you are just going to get back in it in a few hours, but it takes just a few seconds and you will feel great every time you walk past it. Plus, raise your hand if you like to get into tangled sheets. Anyone?
  1. Dirty clothes go in the hamper– This is for you, husband. No offense. I will even put a basket on your side of the room to make it easier.
  1. Empty and Load the dishwasher– Before you leave the kitchen for the last time at the end of the day, do your best to have all the dishes out of the sink and off the counters. Wipe down the counter too if you feel like you have that one last bit of enery too. 

That’s it! Just three things to start. Master those and then pick up three more daily jobs when you are ready.  Overwhelm is real and this is a great place to start. If you can get your home people, i.e. kids, spouse, mother in law, to do this with you, it will make a big impact.  The great Martha Stewart has a comprehensive and organized article detailing daily, weekly, and monthy jobs if you are ready for something a bit more rigorous. She details things like change  your sheets weekly, even if no one has had the stomach flu. I added the part about the stomach flu. 

You are amazing! Keep up the good work. Contact us at SparkleMafia Professional Cleaners for more help!

Taming Chaos: Practical Tips for Busy Homes