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Let’s face it, no one enjoys cleaning (unless you’re like me and cleaning when angry is a way to calm down), but it’s obviously something that has to be done. As parents we find ourselves having to clean more than the average person, especially if you can relate to me and my slight touch of OCD.
With the holidays coming up, the Big Game parties, and other events that will require lots of guests (and messes), I figured today was a good time to discuss how to make cleaning less stressful. Therefore, today, I’m sharing my top tips.
Do Small Cleaning Tasks Throughout the Week
As a mom of three boys doing small cleaning tasks throughout the week is a must. I just can’t stand stuff being out of place or looking at a messy room. It will literally drive me insane to the point where I can’t do anything else until it is cleaned.
In my case, my kids are early risers so each morning before the day begins we do small cleaning tasks such as cleaning the bathroom, making sure the living room is tidy, and our rooms. Then at night before relax time, we’ll wash dishes (or put them in the dishwasher) and any major problem area will be handled, such as mopping the floors or doing laundry.
By doing these small cleaning tasks throughout the week I am able to keep the house looking decent without having to dedicate a large amount of time to doing cleaning if I was to save it for one day a week.
Dedicate One Day (or Night) A Week to Deep Cleaning
On Thursdays and sometimes Sundays we do a deep cleaning. This involves dusting, mopping, washing shower curtains, heavy bathroom cleaning, and things of that nature. This makes sure everything is perfect (at least for a few hours lol) and it leaves our home smelling fresh.
This cleaning usually does take 1-2 hours, but it goes a lot smoother since we do small cleaning tasks throughout the week.
Get The Kids Involved in the Cleaning Process
With my kids being 5,6, and 8, now, they are definitely more involved in the cleaning process, which makes things a little bit easier on me. My oldest knows how to wash dishes, sweep, and mop, while the younger two are in charge of keeping their room and closet clean.
Basically, they clean up their own messes and areas that they frequent and I just focus on the other areas of the home such as my bathroom, room, and the kitchen.
Create a Cleaning Schedule
At one point I was on a strict cleaning schedule and it helped a lot, however, now it’s more laid back. But, if you’re feeling in over your head with cleaning all of the time, a cleaning schedule can make sure that you stay on track.
For example, I used to do bathroom cleaning every other day, sweeping and dishes daily, and mopping and dusting every four days.
Don’t Be Afraid to Hire Help
Do you have chores that you absolutely hate doing and feel it is worth investing in having someone else do them for you? Go for it!
Whether it’s hiring a deep cleaning service to come over biweekly, or in my case hiring a professional carpet cleaner to do your carpet cleaning once a month, if you feel it’s worth the investment don’t feel guilty about making it.
Closing Thoughts on How to Make Cleaning Less Stressful
Overall, cleaning can get overwhelming because we like to have things tidy and neat. However, when raising kids, trying to have healthy adult relationships, and working, I can totally relate to it not being something that you’re looking forward to. Hopefully, these tips can help.
What strategies do you implement to make cleaning less stressful?