We all have that one person in our lives.
For the sake of this discussion, (because I don’t know anyone by this name) let’s call her Betty.
Betty’s perfect. She’s a great mom and a great wife. Her kids are perfect. She only uses organic ingredients in all of her homemade masterpieces…
And Betty’s house always looks like the inside of a Home and Garden magazine.
What gives Betty? Just trying to make all of us normal moms feel inferior with your homemade sensory projects and perfectly portioned organic toddler meals?
I tried coloring with my toddler the other day and you know what I discovered? My daughter’s favorite flavor is blue. Yes, I said flavor.
That being said, don’t hate Betty. Just learn how to be more like Betty.
Okay. Maybe not quite as crazy as Betty, but we’re gonna dance with that line!
Keeping it together really doesn’t have to consume your life. In fact, just putting in small, consistent efforts each day can actually help to simplify your life. With the right daily cleaning schedule, you can keep your home looking beautiful in between deep cleanings and be on your way to being a Betty. (Even if your kid does occasionally snack on Crayola.) 😉
Believe that house cleaning can be easy
I’m not going to try to convince you that cleaning your house can be fun, but after reading this post I’m confident that you’ll believe house cleaning can be easy.
All you need is the right cleaning schedule.
No excuses that you don’t have enough time, lady.
Let me ask you this. Do you have hours on the weekend or your day off to do a deep clean of your whole house once a week?
Of course you don’t! You’re a busy mom.
But you do have a few minutes in the morning and at night where you can squeeze in some tidying up to prevent those weekend cleaning marathons.
Listen, I get it. Who wants to wake up, put on some rubber gloves, and go to town cleaning the toilet? Nobody, that’s who.
Sure, there are plenty of Betty’s out there who will tell you how they manage to clean their whole house every day from top to bottom with a homemade, child-safe, environmentally-friendly cleaner (of course.)
I’m not buying that box of crazy. Not today.
Today, I’m going to show you how to beat Betty at her own game and keep your sanity while doing it!
Establish a daily cleaning routine
Whether you’re a working mom or a stay at home mom, establishing a daily cleaning routine is so important to help you stay ahead of the game.
If you think about it, it just makes sense to spend a little time each day cleaning your house. After all, your family makes a mess each day, right?
Yep. I don’t care who you are. The answer to that question is definitely a big old yes.
Sure, at first it’s going to be tough to get used to. That’s okay. You can start with one task at a time and just keep building on your routine each day or each week.
I find that the easiest task to start with is to make your bed when you first wake up.
I can feel you rolling your eyes.
Seriously though, making your bed takes about two minutes (and that’s being generous.) You’ll be surprised by how this one simple thing can get the ball rolling.
Before long you’ll notice that your house doesn’t just stay looking great in between deep cleanings, but that it actually takes a fraction of the time to finish your deep cleanings because there’s less building up throughout the week.
Make a cleaning checklist
Moms have so much to keep track of that it can get incredibly overwhelming.
There has to be a way to stay on top of things without having your brain working overtime 24 hours a day.
Lucky for you, I have a solution!
Anyone who knows me knows that I love any kind of checklist, flowsheet, or anything else that helps me keep track of tasks and information.
By writing down tasks that need to be completed, you’re freeing up valuable space in your brain for the other million things that need your attention as a mom.
(Plus, I find it incredibly satisfying to check off or cross out tasks as I complete them. It’s all about the little wins ladies.)
Obviously, every family is different so there is no ‘one size fits all’ in terms of a daily cleaning schedule. You really just have to find what works for you and your family.
That doesn’t mean I don’t have some great suggestions to help get you started!
1. Start your day with a bang
- Make your bed I like to give my sheets a quick spritz with some lavender linen spray before I make the bed.
*DIY Linen Spray: Mix two parts water with one part rubbing alcohol and add a few drops of your favorite essential oil in a spray bottle. Shake well before using.
- Clear clutter from dressers and nightstands
- Pick up laundry off the floor in bedroom/bathroom
- Spray shower with daily cleanser/open shower curtain after showering By spraying your shower and opening the shower curtain after showering, you’ll prevent things like mold, mildew, and soap scum from building up and requiring some serious elbow grease later on.
- Wipe down bathroom counters, sink, and mirror (as needed) After getting ready in the morning, do a quick wipe down of the bathroom counters and sinks (and mirrors if they need it.)
- Wipe down toilets with Lysol wipes Okay, I know I said I wasn’t going to make you wake up and dive into toilets, but we’re talking a super quick wipe down-30 seconds, MAX!
- Quickly sweep bathroom floors Keep a dustpan in your bathroom for a quick spot sweep. (Again, 30 seconds, MAX!)
- Empty bathroom and bedroom wastebaskets as needed
- Start laundry If you get it ready the night before, just add detergent and press start!
- Unload the dishwasher (if clean from the night before)
- After breakfast switch laundry to the dryer If you’re home for an hour in the morning, you have time for a load of laundry. Maybe you’ll have to put it on the wrinkle release cycle later when you get home, but call it a win because you got a load of laundry done before work today!
2. Keep it up!
Obviously, we all have different schedules. Some moms work, some stay home, and some work from home.
If you’re not home during the day, don’t worry. You can squeeze these other chores into your morning or evening routine.
(Sidenote, if you’re not home during the day your family probably isn’t home making a mess either!)
If you do find yourself home during the day, use the opportunity to check a few more things off of your list.
- Try to pick up toys and clutter as you go about your day Better yet, remind your kids to pick up after themselves. Life lessons and time management…I like it!
- Wash dishes or put them in the dishwasher as you use them
- Sweep up/clean up messes when they happen This will save you so much time in the long run.
- Fold laundry and put it on the owner’s bed If you’re nice enough to wash and fold your kids’ laundry, they should at least be able to put it away. It’s important for kids to develop their own daily cleaning routine now so that it’ll be second nature by the time they’re adults.
- Do a quick dry dust in main rooms This is key if you have pets. It takes me less than five minutes with my Swiffer dry duster to do my entire living room, dining room, and kitchen (including ceiling fans!)
- Sweep/quick vacuum high traffic areas I sweep or vacuum my main floor every day. Between our two long-haired cats, my toddler dropping food everywhere, and my husband bringing the construction site home, things get messy pretty quickly.
3. Finish strong and set yourself up for tomorrow
Listen, I get it. You’re exhausted.
The dishes can soak overnight right?
Don’t you give up on me now! Think of your future self. How’s she going to feel when she wakes up in the morning and comes down to last night’s sink full of dishes.
She’s gonna want to stab you with one of those dirty knives. That’s how she’s gonna feel.
But seriously, put in 15-20 min now so you can wake up to a clean house tomorrow. (Just think, what would Betty do?)
Get the family to chip in if you have to, but here are a few things to help you wrap up your day.
- Wash/put away all dishes after dinner Anything that doesn’t go in the dishwasher gets dried and put away.
- Start dishwasher (if full) Give dishes time to dry overnight so you can save time in the morning
- Wipe down kitchen counters, appliances, stove, and sink Don’t go crazy. Just a quick wipe down.
- Sweep kitchen/spot clean stains on floor Again, just a quick job. Wet a paper towel and quickly spot clean any obvious stains that stick out after sweeping.
- Declutter main rooms Give your main rooms a quick once over & put things back in their place.
- Fold laundry (if not already done) & put away Since you already put everyone’s clean clothes on their bed, they can put it away before getting in to go to sleep. (No putting clothes on the dresser for the morning!)
- Prepare clothes for the next day (& have kids do the same!) While putting clothes away, get tomorrow’s outfits together. It’s amazing how much time this saves in the morning.
- Throw laundry in the washing machine to start in the morning
- Empty kitchen garbage (as needed)
Give yourself a break
That’s it! You made it!
I promise it gets easier every day. After a while, you won’t even need your checklist. You’ll just get up and go on autopilot.
In the meantime, I put together a free printable checklist to help you stay on track.
Like I said earlier, you don’t need to tackle the whole list from day one. Just do what you can and add new tasks when you’re comfortable.
Most importantly, give yourself a break. It’s tough being a mom today.
If you work, you feel guilty for not being home. You feel like stay at home moms look down on you as if you don’t love your children as much as they do.
If you stay home, maybe you feel like you should be contributing more. Or maybe you feel like working moms look down on you for not being able to ‘do it all.’
Can we all just stop being so hard on ourselves and each other?
I know we’re trying to ‘be like Betty,’ but it’s honestly okay if you had a long day and you leave those dishes to soak.
It happens. Don’t beat yourself up.
If you try to do a little bit each day, you won’t feel so bad missing a day. And chances are that Betty won’t even notice! 😉
Wrap it up!
As always, thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to pin this post to your Pinterest so that you can refer back to it later!
If you’re interested in having a condensed version, don’t miss out on my free Ultimate Daily Cleaning Schedule checklist below.
Print it for free and put it on your fridge or wherever you will see it most often to keep you motivated and on track.
My goal is always to help other moms spend less time getting it together so that we can all spend more time enjoying being moms. Life’s not always perfect, but being a mom makes it all worth it!
So how can I help you spend more time enjoying your family? What eats up your time? What do you want to know more about? Let me know in the comments. I’d love to hear your suggestions!