Every year it happens. I look around the house after Christmas and realize the house is a mess. Did I say mess? I mean it’s filthy! Bits and pieces of popcorn lay on the sofa. Empty glasses with congealed eggnog are scattered throughout the living room. Shreds of wrapping paper poke out from under the chairs.
We enjoyed a holiday from keeping a clean house and it shows!
So just how do you keep a clean house?
Top Ten Tips for Keeping a Clean House
1. Stay on top of the dishes
Nothing is worse than walking into the kitchen to find the counters covered with dirty dishes. You can’t mix up pancakes. You can’t fry bacon. The kitchen is a disaster!
The best way to keep a manageable kitchen is to stay on top of the dishes. Toss them into the dishwasher when you’re done eating. Train the kids to walk their dishes into the kitchen and place them into the dishwasher.
After dinner, wash the dishes or start the dishwasher. Don’t let them pile up.
2. One load of laundry a day
Do one load of laundry a day. Now this may change if you have a large family and a small washing machine, then you may need to do two loads of laundry a day. But does it help if you allow the laundry to pile up?
No, it doesn’t! Clothes mold. Toddlers can’t find their favorite shirt. You can’t find the dish towels you need to clean the kitchen!
So wash, dry, fold, and put away the laundry everyday. And remember to grab the kids. Little children can run clothing to the appropiate room. Older kids can start, move, and fold the laundry.
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3. Quick tidy of the bathroom daily
Quickly tidy the bathroom each day. I keep a container of disinfectant wipes in the bathroom to make things easy. Just grab a couple wipes then wipe the sink, counters, and toilet. Remember to give the toilet bowl a quick swish with the toilet brush!
When I was giving my toddler baths, I found the evening was the perfect time to give the bathroom a quick once over. After all I was sitting there watching babies in the tub! Otherwise make it part of your morning routine. Just before or just after you shower is an excellent time.
4. Tidy the house every evening before dinner
Grab the kids and tidy the house before dinner every night. Small kids can pick up their toys. Older kids can put away their school supplies or sweep and vacuum the house. Run clothing back to the rooms. Hang up coats, put away back packs.
The goal isn’t to make the house immaculate, but rather return the house to a comfortable state so the family can relax in the evening.
5. Make beds before breakfast every morning & tidy bedrooms
Making the beds always gives me a sense of satisfaction. The beds are ready for the evening. No more knotted blankets. No more twisted sheets. My husband and I can go to bed and sleep comfortable!
The very best time to make beds is when you’re getting up. But let’s face it. As parents we can have little people snuggled into bed with us. I’m not going to wake up my little ones to make the bed!
Instead I wander back into the bedroom before breakfast to make the beds and do a quick tidy.
6. Give kids consistent daily chores
I’ve never enjoyed giving the kids a rotating system of chores. It fails every time I’ve tried. Instead I’ve found giving the kids consistent daily chores works best.
One kid may tidy the bathroom, another sweeps and vacuums, and a third takes out the trash. They know what needs to be done, and they get fast at doing it!
All I have to do is say, “Chore time!” and the kids dash off to get their chores done.
7. Turn on lively music
Liven up your chore time by turning on lively music! There’s something motivating about lively music that will encourage kids to get things done and done quickly.
You can let each child pick a different set of music each day or you can use the same motivating piece each day. The advantage to using the same piece each day is that the kids will know they need to do their chores when they hear the music!
8. Schedule 30 minutes a day for the weekly clean
Schedule 30 minutes a day to scrub a different section of the house for the weekly clean. Tackle the bathrooms on Monday. Scrub the stove and fridge on Tuesdays. Clean the floors on Wednesdays. Go shopping and run errands on Thursdays. Dust and tidy the house on Fridays. Use Saturdays for washing sheets and towels. Saturdays are also a great day for yard work!
If you grab the kids and work together, it only takes about 20 or 30 minutes to quickly do one weekly cleaning chore each day.
9. Clean as a family
Cleaning shouldn’t fall solely on Mom’s shoulders even if you are the one in charge of seeing that it’s done. Think of your self as a manager. Organize the kids to give you a hand. Hand out chores and teach the kids how to run a house.
They’ll turn into adults one day. And it’s hard to figure out how to clean and keep a house clean when you’re starting from square one. So instead clean as a family.
10. Find joy in the repetition
Let’s face it. Keeping the house clean is a repetitious chore. It’s never fully done and you have to do it again each day. Instead of stressing and fussing about the endless nature, find joy in the repetition.
Really, you can find joy in the repetition! But it does take an attitude change. After all you must change your view of housework from one of drudgery and toil to one of joy!
Meditate on the beauty to be found in housework and find the joy hiding in the cobwebs!
>>And check out Rejoicing in Repetition: Towards Joy in Housework today!
Turn on your favorite music during chore time. Have a child help you in the kitchen and chat as you work. And have a bit of fun cleaning the house!
And this is just what I did. Turned on lively music, grabbed the kids, and got the house back in order!
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