Home maintenance as a busy mom can feel like a neverending slog. However, the chores have to get done – regardless of whether you have to work and have other things going on in your life. Here, you’ll find some advice that could help you to make the whole process easier. Take a look and see what you can implement to potentially save time and hassle:
- Give Your Family Their Own Chores
If you feel you have to get everything done alone, then it’s going to take you even longer to ensure your home is clean, tidy, and running smoothly. Your family can probably have plenty of chores, so assess what they can do based on their ages and their skill levels. You will be teaching them valuable lessons for the future, so don’t feel bad for giving your kids chores. It’s character building and helps them to take responsibility for their own space and any mess that they make.
- Have A Set Schedule That You Stick To
Along with giving your family their own chores, see if you can come up with a set schedule so you know when you need to do what. Cleaning and maintaining as you see fit can work, but it’s often better to have a schedule so you know that you’re not neglecting anything important.
- Set Just A Little Bit Of Time Aside Each Day
You don’t need a lot of time each day to get everything done. If you can find just 20 minutes, say, you should be able to get a substantial amount done if you can focus. This time shouldn’t be hard to find, and you’ll avoid spending large chunks of time cleansing and tidying when you could be doing something else. If you can stay on top of what needs to be done each day, then you won’t have trouble keeping your routine to a minimum.
- Get Rid of Things You Don’t Need
You’ll have less to clean and maintain if you can get rid of things that you don’t need. Marie Kondo is a great source of inspiration for those who want to declutter but aren’t sure where to start. The gist is you go through each room or category of item and decide what truly brings you joy. If something doesn’t bring you joy, then you let it go. You can give items to charity or sell them on, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that you get rid of things that aren’t important to you and have a house filled with items you love.
- Make Your Bed First Thing – and Make Sure Your Family Do The Same
One of the best things you can do in the morning that will instantly kickstart your day, is make your bed. This gives you one accomplished thing ticked off immediately, and helps your bedroom to look better right away, too. Make sure your family does the same. Getting into the habit makes it second nature and everyone will always have fairly tidy looking bedrooms.
- Have A Set Room For Play
One of the things that can quickly mess up a super tidy home is kid’s toys. You can’t stop your kids from playing, but you can potentially stop their toys from ending up all over the house. If you have a room that can be used as a playroom, this could be a great way to keep toys in order and stop every other room looking like a bomb went off. A play room should have easy to clean flooring, and ideally be decorated with bright colors for your kid’s development. Plenty of shelving and storage is also a must, as this will allow you to put the toys away and store them neatly – even if this is a room dedicated to play.
- Know When To Call In The Professionals
Knowing when to call in professionals can save you a lot of time and hassle when it comes to home maintenance. While trying to do everything yourself can help you to save money, it can take up a lot of your precious time. Plus, unless you’re a professional yourself, you’re unlikely to get it done to the same standard as a pro. A professional cleaner could help you to save a lot of time, for example, and they will be able to do the deep clean that you perhaps don’t have time for. You can top up the cleaning in between and then simply have them in to deep clean your place, saving time and allowing you to spend more time with your family. When it comes to installing things like chrome compression fittings you might also want to call a professional in if you have never done it before. You can find an abundance of tutorials online for home maintenance advice, but if something could go wrong then you’re always better off getting a pro in to do it for you.
- Stock Up On Quality Supplies
Quality cleaning supplies can help you to have an easier time maintaining your home. Cleaning products that are made from natural ingredients, rather than a ton of chemicals, are often healthier for your kids and your family. The type of vacuum cleaner you have may also make things much easier for you, so keep this in mind if you’re in the market for a new one. The supplies you have can either hinder you or help you – if you want to be super efficient, a cleaning apron can help you to carry various supplies around the house for easy access when you are cleaning.
- Set A Timer
If we have all the time in the world to do something, we tend to use it all up. This is why many people prefer to set a timer. Setting a timer, whether for 10, 20, or 30 minutes, can help you to get focused and ensure you’re using the time you have as efficiently as possible. This can also help your kids to stay focused on their own tasks, as a 10 minute timer will seem far more doable.
- Play Upbeat Music
Playing music while you get to work can also be a great motivator, especially if you have some upbeat tracks to play. Dance music, for example, could encourage you to work at a faster speed whether you know it or not. Cleaning can actually make great work out if you try to keep your heart rate up.
- Make It Fun For Kids
When you’re cleaning with the rest of your family, you need to make it fun. If you can’t make it fun for your kids then they are unlikely to want to continue helping. For instance, you could see whoever can pick up the most toys and make it a bit of a competition. Of course, you need to do this in a healthy way and ensure your kids aren’t going to start fighting while they should be doing their chores!
- Spread It Throughout The Day
See if you can spread certain jobs and cleaning throughout the day to make it more manageable. If you set yourself times, then you won’t feel the need to start cleaning when you’re supposed to be doing something else. For example, you could start the day with a 10 minute tidy up, take 10 minutes in the afternoon to clean up, and then a few minutes in the evening to get everything done. Sticking to these times ensures you don’t feel like all you do is clean, and it’ll ensure that you stay on top of the tasks that tend to build up throughout the day.
Make sure you know how to prioritize certain tasks, too. While spreading everything out so you can get more done is a great way to do it, if it means choosing between the task and reading your kids a bedtime story, go for the latter. The task will always be there for you to do later. Some moments you won’t ever get back!
- Stay Ahead of The Game
You shouldn’t wait until things are particularly dirty or untidy before you do anything about them. Stay ahead of the game and you’ll make your life so much easier in the long run. Clean your bath or shower once a week regardless of whether it is dirty, for instance. If you leave it too long it’ll have scum all over it and you’ll really need to work hard to make it look presentable again. Save yourself that time and hassle by just getting things like this done regularly.
Busy moms can have a difficult time keeping everything in order when they have so many other things to think about. However, with the advice here, you’re bound to find something that can make your routine more manageable. Take a look and see what you can implement into your routine – or leave some of your own tried and tested tips below. Thanks for reading and come back soon!