Cleaning tips and hacks for the busy mom.
Are you constantly struggling to clean your home with your toddler around, only to have them mess up what you just cleaned up? I’ve had that happen to me way too often this entire month, so I have come up with ten helpful and productive cleaning tips and hacks for stay at home moms struggling to keep their home clean and STAY clean. It’s easy to clean a home, but with a toddler and multiple children running around, I find it difficult to keep my home looking clean for long periods of time. It’s definitely okay to feel overwhelmed when this happens, it’s normal.
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It’s important to stay organized with cleaning when toddlers are around.
Seriously, though. What’s helped me the most during these crazy toddler years is having my planner ready and handy. I write down the specific tasks I need to do with cleaning and try my hardest to get them done and checked off. As a busy work from home mom, I have to manage my time well and effectively. My daughter loves to watch me clean the living room very well and then she LOVES to bring everything I put away right back out. Meanwhile, I’m trying to cook, do my homework with my oldest, and create content. To say I’m constantly busy is so true! Life was getting too hectic and I knew something had to change.
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Schedule your cleaning days.
Having a planner is super useful and helps me to really clean my house well. I write down the exact cleaning tasks I want to get done for the day and check them off as I go. I split my cleaning up a lot because it’s not realistic to clean everything all at once, especially when I need at least two hours daily dedicated to my blog. There just aren’t enough hours in the day! However, there are many planners out there but I do prefer the Erin Condren planner because it’s a life planner. I find it useful to plan out all aspects of my life and I appreciate that there’s a planner out there that includes that. When you plan out a lot of your life, you’re doing yourself a favor. You’re helping yourself set goals and accomplish more, instead of putting it off for later. You can get your Erin Condren planner here: 40% off all Dated Binder Planners
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Cleaning tips and hacks.
- Have organizational cleaning bins in every room. I always have a few laying around so that the children can help me put their toys away and they can carry them back to their toy chest to organize them. I use simple and cute pink ones. These make the kids want to help me out more.
- Whenever you finish an activity together, make sure to encourage “clean up time.” It’s important to do this after every arts and crafts project, cooking lesson, and learning lesson. It teaches them to clean up after themselves and hopefully teaches them to be a tidy person in the future. I’m really big on teaching my kids to clean at an early age and consistently so it just becomes a habit to them and they don’t struggle to tidy up daily.
- After each snack and meal, make sure to clean up the crumbs right after. And yes, my toddler is super messy. I am constantly vacuuming little crumbs after her, so word of advice: vacuum them at least once a day and make sure to wipe everything down so you don’t forget about it later!
Teaching your children to help can help you clean less.
- Help your toddler learn how to not make messes during meal times. It really helped my oldest to be a tidy eater because I did teach her to clean up her messes with food at a small age. Ella has it a bit easier now and I’ve noticed way more messiness. Teach them early and they won’t stray away from cleanliness.
- While your toddler naps is the BEST time to clean up your living room. I enjoy cleaning the kitchen during this time, wiping down the counters, and picking everything up. There’s something refreshing about less clutter when she wakes up and it’s easier to get our lunch plates ready when she wakes up in a clean environment versus a messy one.
- Vacuum all rooms and hallway once a day minimum.
- Wash toys together with your toddler as a fun activity and run baby wipes over the ones you can’t wash. My kids love this cleaning tip! You can get some help with cleaning and have a fun time with the kids too!
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Distraction is key to getting the cleaning all done.
We all know toddlers don’t have a TON of patience when it comes to getting our cleaning done. This can become a problem, if you let it. Rather than letting me get upset over Ella not listening to me at all, I just tried to find ways to distract her so I could finish cleaning. Not a lot of things I tried worked with her though. With Eva, I was constantly holding her while cleaning because she cried more. However, Ella is more independent so I found that coloring and snacks do the trick and let me finish cleaning.
- Grab a baby couch and sit your toddler with snacks and a drink, too. Finish hard to reach places to clean. I like to get the bookshelf organized and cleaned at this time. Although lately, I’m putting all types of items up on the top of the bookshelf where Ella can’t reach because she keeps getting into everything! This is also a good time to clean the fridge and freezer.
- I hope you’re putting all your toddler’s snacks in a bowl or container when they’re walking around. Reduce some cleaning for you!
- Have your toddler clean with you as much as possible. Ella loves to put the books away with me on the bookshelf, put shoes/boots away, and hang up her jackets. The more you clean WITH your toddler, the less hard of time they’ll give you as you’re cleaning. They’ll become accustomed to it and hopefully live a tidy life. You’ll feel great getting them to that point, that’s for sure.
I hope these 10 helpful cleaning tips and hacks helps you be more productive and clean your entire home, without stressing. It’s important to find a cleaning routine/schedule that works for you. Go at your own pace. I’ve heard so many different tips from mothers, telling me how I should clean my home. I appreciate the cleaning tips but I like to decide what’s best for me. And what works for me is splitting tasks up so that I feel less anxiety and stress. Cleaning doesn’t need to be so daunting, it’s supposed to be relaxing and soothing to clean your home so that you can get your work done as a stay at home mom. Choose what works best for you.
Praying for you today and hope you have a great day,
Until next time,