How do busy moms clean their house fast?
Do you ever wonder how it seems that some moms can manage to do it all?
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They work, they take care of their kids, they make meals, AND they (somehow) manage to keep their home ready for company at all times. (This is what I did that made mealtimes 1000x easier.)
And here you are, drowning under a long list of to-dos and struggling to keep everything together.
(And your house… Oh, your house. It’s definitely not company ready.)
You’re stuck wondering how do busy moms clean their house fast? And how do they KEEP their house clean? What IS their secret?
(Spoiler: those busy moms who always seem to have a clean house? Well, I’m willing to bet it isn’t always as clean as you think it is. There are some things that can be done to keep your house CLEAN ENOUGH so that when company comes over, all you have to do is a quick 2-minute pick up to make your house company-ready.)
How do moms keep a clean house?
When you think back to your life before you had kids, there’s a good chance that your house was a lot cleaner than it is now.
Your house isn’t as clean as it used to be because you’ve become a sloppy person.
Not at all.
It’s because you don’t have the time to spend cleaning like you did before kids. It’s because you now have children to raise, and your family always comes before keeping a clean house. It’s because anytime you do clean, a parade of little hands comes right behind you and makes a mess of the very thing you just spent half an hour scrubbing.
It’s because you’re more concerned about spending time with your family than you are about keeping your house perfect. (And that’s the way it should be.)
BUT, even though you don’t have the time that you used to to spend cleaning, you don’t want to raise your kids in a dump, and you don’t enjoy letting your house get as dirty and messy as it tends to these days.
So you’re stuck wondering what to do – you don’t want to sacrifice time with your family to go clean your house, but you also don’t want to neglect your house and let it become a disaster.
The good news is that you don’t have to choose between home and family. You don’t have to neglect your family to clean your house, and you don’t have to neglect your house to be with your family. Cleaning your house and parenting go hand-in-hand, all you have to do is find out HOW (but, really, you don’t have to do too much to find out how… I’ve laid it all out for you below).
There are small things you can do on a daily basis to keep your house presentable and company-ready, regardless of how busy you are.
These cleaning tips for busy moms are PERFECT for both stay at home moms and moms who work outside the home alike.
8 tips to keep your house clean as a busy mom – the best cleaning tips for busy moms
Create a schedule
Using a cleaning schedule is the one thing that will make the biggest impact in the way you clean your house. Rather than just cleaning things as they pop into your mind (and forgetting to clean important areas of your house as a result), a cleaning schedule allows you to ensure you’re cleaning EVERYTHING in your house that needs to be cleaned and that you’re not wasting your time while you do it.
When you create your cleaning schedule you will want to use it to split your big cleaning tasks into smaller, more do-able tasks that don’t take too long to complete. The idea is to spread all your weekly cleaning tasks up over the different days of the week so you can spend LESS than half an hour cleaning, every day. (Of course, it will depend on the size of your house and which tasks you have on your list.)
Many moms have found this to be the best schedule they’ve used when it comes to keeping a clean and organized home as an extremely busy mom.
Before I started using a cleaning schedule, I would clump all of my cleaning tasks into ONE day, and I would then end up spending hours and hours doing nothing but cleaning our house. But, as life got busier, I wasn’t able to find a couple hours in my day to set apart to clean anymore so I would end up putting it off.
And putting it off some more.
Until our house was a disgusting mess.
Then when I would finally get to my breaking point because I did NOT want to live like this, I would have to spend hours scrubbing, cleaning, and wiping the things that would have taken me far less time to clean if I would have just stayed on top of them. But, since I didn’t know how to use a cleaning schedule to clean effectively, I thought that cleaning our house would always take a couple of hours, and I just didn’t have time for that.
After a few years of spinning around that crazy cycle, I learned about the power of an effective cleaning schedule and how I could use it to split my cleaning tasks up so that I didn’t have to spend hours cleaning our house anymore.
But, creating a cleaning schedule isn’t as easy and slapping a few cleaning tasks onto a piece of paper and calling it a day.
When you’re creating your schedule, you’ll want to take everything you have to do for the week into account. If you’re particularly busy on Wednesdays, it wouldn’t be smart to plan to do a bunch of cleaning on Wednesday. Instead, you would want to put just a small task, like taking out the trash, on that day, and leave the bigger tasks (vacuuming, dusting, etc.) for your less busy days.
“But what if I’m busy EVERY day of the week?”
Some moms will be busy every day, and they won’t want to give up their weekends to spend time cleaning (I wouldn’t want to, either). And that’s where this comes in handy. It will teach you how to prioritize and group your tasks so that you can get them all done quickly – which will allow you to keep your house clean even when you don’t have time to clean.
Keep up with the laundry
Laundry is where everything falls apart. I can have every other area of my house perfectly cleaned and organized, but the laundry just keeps piling, piling, piling up. (Why must it neeeeeever end?)
It wasn’t until I learned how to schedule my loads of laundry into my week that I was finally able to feel like I was getting ahead of my laundry and taking control of it, rather than it controlling me like it had been for years.
AND, when I learned how to do this, I didn’t have to spend every single one of my Saturday’s doing laundry anymore. WOOHOO!
Scheduling your loads of laundry into your week will allow you to stay on top of your laundry so that you never have to feel like you’re falling behind on laundry again. (Seem too good to be true? I promise it’s not… I show you exactly what you have to do below.)
How to keep up with laundry
Here’s how you can keep the laundry from becoming a whole-day marathon.
- Don’t waste time sorting laundry (here’s how we wash all our clothes in one load without colors leeching (go to tip #1). If you feel you need to sort your laundry, sort it as it gets dirty, instead of all at once before you put it in the wash. Keep this in your room and put dirty laundry in the appropriate compartment so that when you’re ready to wash the laundry you don’t have to sort it).
- Keep a laundry hamper in each bedroom and one in the laundry room (give each family member a laundry hamper of their own, and keep one hamper in the laundry room for miscellaneous laundry that doesn’t make it to the bedroom)
- Do smaller, more frequent loads of laundry (instead of letting the laundry pile up until you have 10 loads to wash, do smaller loads of laundry more frequently throughout the week)
I share my exact laundry washing schedule with you, here.
Do dishes right away
If you leave dishes sitting on the counter (or in the bedroom, living room, office) for the whole day, you’re going to have a huge load of dishes to scrub and load into the dishwasher at the end of the day.
Instead of doing that, if you clean your dishes up as soon as you’re finished with them, you’ll be eliminating a lot of work for yourself come the evening.
Load dishes straight into the dishwasher (don’t leave them on the counter OR lying around the house), and wash the dishes that don’t go into the dishwasher right away, too.
If you’re worried about using too much water from washing just a couple of dishes at a time, several times a day, you can neatly (NEATLY) pile the dishes that don’t go into the dishwasher up near the sink, soaking any dishes that have food that could get stuck onto them, and wash them in one go in the evening. (I’m no dishsoap expert, but I have found this one to be the very best for cleaning greasy dishes… you also only need to use a few drops to clean a whole sinkful of dishes.)
DON’T leave dirty dishes on the counter overnight. Even if you have to stay up 5 minutes later than normal, quickly scrub the dishes on the counter so that you aren’t welcomed with a counter full of dirty dishes in the morning.
Utilizing your ability to spot clean and clean where you are is extremely efficient when it comes to keeping your house clean as a busy mom. I get that you don’t have tons of time to set apart to spend cleaning every day, and that’s where spot cleaning comes in handy.
If you’re making supper and notice a sticky spot on the floor, don’t run for the mop bucket – simply grab your dishcloth and wipe that one spot (then replace your dishcloth with a clean one). If you’re reading a book in the living room and notice crumbs on the coffee table, wipe them up.
Playing with your baby in their room? Pick laundry up off the floor and put it away, as well as tidy their dresser and night table as you play with them.
Many moms haven’t harnessed the power of spot cleaning. They believe that if the floor is sticky, they need to spend 20 minutes filling a mop bucket and scrubbing the entire kitchen floor. But, more times than not, they don’t have the time to do that, so they don’t end up cleaning the mess up at all… they just leave it.
Or, if there are crumbs on the coffee table they think they need to not only clean up the crumbs, but organize the entire coffee table and vacuum the living room floor while they’re at it. But, sometimes that’s just not an option.
You don’t have to do it all.
IF you have time to do it all, then, by all means, scrub that floor and vacuum the living room – but if you don’t have time, it IS okay to just do the bare minimum.
Wash toys in the dishwasher
Rather than spending time scrubbing your kid’s toys by hand (or putting all your baby’s bottle nipples and teething toys in a pot of boiling water to be disinfected), you can save time by washing everything in the dishwasher.
Most dishwashers act as a disinfector, as well, so you can put everything in there, turn it on, and do something else with all that time you just saved.
(You will definitely want to use one of these if you plan on washing their toys in the dishwasher, though.)
Use a lint roller
Using a lint roller on your clothes, curtains, lampshades, and other fabric surfaces will remove pet hair quickly and easily. You can also use lint rollers to remove small pieces of dirt and dust off of most fabric surfaces.
Be happy with clean enough
Finally, the most important thing you can do as a busy mom is to realize that your house doesn’t need to be perfect… and you shouldn’t be striving to make it perfect, either.
A perfect house (you know – the ones you see in these magazines) are houses that aren’t being lived in by little kids. Or anyone.
They’re staged and then left untouched – that’s why they look so perfect.
If you were to have a “perfect” house, that would mean your kids wouldn’t be able to make crafts, play with their toys, or touch… well, anything.
A perfect house is NOT a family house.
You’re raising your family in this house, this is the house your kids are going to look back on when they’re older and remember all the adventures they had, the pillow forts they built, and the at-home science experiments that went wrong.
You want them to look back on fond memories of a house that they felt safe and comfortable in, not a house where if they got a dirty fingerprint on the wall they were in trouble.
Strive to create a house that is clean enough – not a house that is perfect. You don’t want your house to be a dump, and it shouldn’t be. There is a happy medium, and that’s where you’ll find the house that you’re happy to raise a family in.
So, mama, give yourself permission to be happy with a house that is clean enough.
The Busy Mom’s Guide to a Clean & Organized House walks moms through the different steps to take to achieve an effortlessly clean and organized house when they’re… busy.
As a mom, you won’t always have time to keep your home looking presentable and ready for guests, but by using what you’ll learn here you’ll be able to keep your house clean and tidy in LESS time than you normally spend cleaning right now. Grab it below ⬇️