Keeping A Clean House As A Working Mom
Being a mom is hard work. Being a working mom is really hard work! Keeping a clean house as a working mom can feel impossible. All you want to do after work is relaxing. And then you get home and you have a to-do list a mile long.
Any little thing you can do to make the workload lighter is worth it. Try these 5 tried and true tips and see how they can help you and your family!
Five tried and true tips for Keeping A Clean House As A Working Mom
1. Clean As You Go
This is especially helpful while you’re cooking. Clean while you cook. In between stirring the food, or checking what’s in the oven, load a few dishes in the dishwasher, wipe down the counters, throw some stuff away from the fridge, etc.
This is a serious lifesaver because if you can do a lot of the dishes while you’re cooking, you won’t have a sink full after dinner.
It can be tempting to just sit back and play on your phone while you’re waiting for the dryer to be done, or making dinner. But if you utilize that time to get other tasks done, you will have a nice chunk of time at the end of the day to have some much-needed “me time”. And spending that alone time by practicing these self-care ideas for busy women can help you feel a lot more energized and ready to take on your day!
2. Set A Schedule
If you can set up a realistic cleaning schedule you will be more likely to stick to it. Some ideas are: vacuuming on Mondays, laundry on Wednesdays and Sundays, grocery shopping on Thursdays, load the dishwasher right after dinner, etc.
If you leave all your chores for the weekend, you’re not going to get your much-needed rest after a long week of work. So if you can do one small chore every weeknight, you won’t have to waste your whole weekend cleaning.
There are tons of cute printable cleaning schedule charts online, especially on Pinterest! And you can also find ones for kids, so you can encourage your children to help you do some of the chores! I found one checklist I really like, it is the ultimate house cleaning checklist!
3. Clean in the Morning
If you don’t go to work super early, or if you have some chores to do on the weekend, get them done first thing in the morning! The longer you wait, the more there are and the less likely it is that you will do them.
Getting chores and other tasks accomplished in the morning really starts your day off right! Something about crossing things off the to-do list is so motivating!
4. Meal Prep
Meal prepping is key, especially for working moms! If you spend one day a week making your family’s meals, you don’t have to cook for the rest of the week! This means way fewer dishes to do. Plus, your floors will stay cleaner longer, and you won’t have to run the dishwasher and put away dishes every single night.
Yes, your kitchen will be a total disaster the day you decide to meal prep. But it’s worth it to clean up a big mess ONCE that week, instead of a slightly smaller mess 7 times a week!
You don’t even have to prep every meal, if you just prep dinners that will be a huge help. To go one step further, you can even prep some freezer meals to help prep dinners for the month!
A helpful tool in meal prepping is these meal planning and grocery list printables! They’re totally free and easy to download!
5. Use the 5 Second Rule
If you haven’t read the book “The 5 Second Rule” you should! It’s really motivating, and a simple trick to a more productive life.
In short, if you know you need to get something done, and you should really do it at that moment, count to 5 and then do it! If you sit there any longer than 5 seconds you will talk yourself out of doing it by coming up with reasons why you can do it later or why you should wait.
It’s as easy as that. The second you think of the task that needs to be done… count to 5 and then hop to it! This is strangely, super effective!
These 5 tricks are sure to help you keep a clean house as a working mom. I know I couldn’t survive without them.
So what do you think, are you going to try any of these ideas? Have you tried any before? We would love to hear from you in the comments below!
Author Bio: Kayla is a content creator at Motivation for Mom. She’s a wife and mother who loves to share all of her life experiences and adventures with her readers. She focuses on marriage and motherhood, all the way from pregnancy to school-aged kids with an emphasis on learning and improving family relationships. You can follow her on Instagram and Pinterest for motivation and encouragement!