How to schedule time to clean the house as a busy working mom
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How to get started
One of the daily mom tasks that you cannot get rid of is cleaning up your home. Especially with little ones around who are constantly making a mess. It took me a while to figure out the right system for me (and it is something I have to continuously revisit) but I set up a schedule that supports me with the home chores.
Take some time now to figure out the best schedule for you and your household. As a busy working mom, you can utilize applications like cozi or a physical planner, to help you. If you are unfamiliar with the application, check out this blog post.
Setting up a schedule
The best way to tackle the everyday cleaning necessities of the house is to set up a schedule for yourself. Here are some steps that you can do to get your schedule organized for cleaning. You should do this with your partner/spouse or whichever other adult lives in your home. This way you can delegate certain tasks depending one another’s schedule.
Write down everything that needs to be cleaned in every part of the house. I would create categories (the different rooms in your house) and list off what you need to do to make sure the room is clean and tidy. For example: living room, kitchen, bathroom, master bedroom etc.
- Fold Clothes
- Clean off counters
- Wipe the counters
- Wipe the refrigerator
This is a massive list of every room that informs you on what needs to be organized and cleaned. Here is a FREE example and a blank template so you can write your own.
Write down which rooms (or chores) you will tackle daily vs. the set of chores you will do during your weekly or bi-weekly cleanup day
You will notice that some chores need to get done on a weekly basis. For example, washing the dishes is something I do every morning. I also pick-up the messes in the living room every evening. However, I deep clean the bedrooms and bathroom during my Sunday Reset.
It really is dependent on your own schedule. I have a two-story house and the majority of the day is spent downstairs. Even when I go to work, my partner stays home with the kids and has them play and relax downstairs. So, I need to make sure I clean up that space everyday while I clean up the upstairs during the deep cleaning day.
Schedule when you will do your deep house cleaning in your home. Also schedule at what times you will complete your daily chores (or who in the house will be doing it).
Sunday reset is my blocked off time to deep clean the home while my partner (or family members) watch my kids. If I am unable to leave my kids with someone, I do as much as I can during their nap time and before they wake up in the morning. This may be something you do bi-weekly or even monthly. It needs to make sense to you and the family.
Note: the size of your home will also have an impact on how or when you clean. If you have the financial means, you may want to consider paying someone to come clean your home. You can easily search local cleaning agencies through a google search.
Here you will want to make a list of what supplies you need for that clean up session. You will check your inventory and make sure you have everything. If not, you will need to go to the store and pick up the items you are missing.
Popular cleaning items (which I also use):
- Lysol & wipes
- Swiffer Mop
- Microfiber Cleaning Cloth
Why is this important
We all know that cleaning is a necessity unless you want to live in an unclean and untidy home. However, when there are kids around, they are bound to make even more messes (especially as toddlers). Once you create a schedule to help you clean, your life will become a lot easier. We busy working moms need it.
Trust me. A clean home will make you happy!
What are you already doing as part of your cleaning schedule? Is there anything new you want to get as part of your cleaning supplies?
Leave a comment below and let me know!