9 Best Cleaning Tips for Busy Parents

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9 Best Cleaning Tips for Busy Parents

Having one child (or more) is oftentimes a full-time job. You have to prepare three meals every day, help with homework, plan weekend activities, and run errands all the while keeping your home clean and comfortable. It seems impossible to be able to achieve all of these things and still get eight hours of sleep every day. But, in fact, it’s not impossible!

As soon as you find a routine that you are comfortable with, you will discover that things run smoother, you are more efficient, and your kids are happier. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of hand-picked, tested and tried cleaning tips. Not all of them will work for everyone, but you will definitely find a few that stand out from the crowd and suit your lifestyle, needs, and preferences.

1. Take the Time to Clean 10 Minutes a Day Every Day

Do you want to know the best way to keep your house clutter-free and make it easier to clean at the end of the week? It’s by cleaning a few minutes each day. You can easily stay on top of things if you allow ten minutes for tidying up in the morning or in the evening.

Not only will your house look impeccable and ready to receive guests at a moment’s notice, you will also have to work less on weekend cleaning sessions. To make it easier, you can use a printable home cleaning schedule that contains daily cleaning tasks for the entire house and you can assign some of them to your kids.

2. Declutter, Donate, Recycle

If you’re in the habit of keeping old items lying around the house just to gather dust, it’s high time you decluttered your house. The fewer things you have, the less time you have to spend cleaning.

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As a busy parent, you want to prioritize your tasks and spend as much time with your kids as possible. Once you have decluttered, donated or recycled the unwanted or unnecessary items in your household, you will have more room for activities, plants or new toys.

3. Don’t Feel Afraid to Ask for Help

Whether you are an employed or a stay-at-home parent, you should never be embarrassed to ask for help or reach out for professional services. We all need help from time to time. Whether you choose to book professional home cleaning services, a nanny or someone to tend to the pool and the lawn, always do what’s in your family’s best interest.

4. Get Your Children Involved

As a child yourself you might have had specific household chores you had to fulfill every day or every week. You can use the same technique with your kids and get them involved in cleaning the house and keeping it tidy. Their assignments can vary according to their age. From simple tasks of gathering the toys and putting them in their place for two-year-olds, to cleaning the closets or doing the laundry for 12-year-olds.

Cleaning does not have to be seen solely as the parents’ (or mom’s) job. Children can pitch in and start contributing from early ages. Not only do they help keep their room spic and span, they also learn a valuable lesson about responsibility and tidiness. Having a printable calendar with their chores will help them stay organized, become efficient and self-sufficient.

5. Clean Green

Cleaning products like sprays, waxes, powders, and gels are not only expensive but they are also harmful to the environment and for your health. It’s a common misconception that you need a different product to clean different surfaces in your house when, in reality, you don’t.

Having a single DIY product to clean with all around the house will make cleaning faster. In addition, the kids can help without you worrying they will come in contact with chemicals that can burn their skin or irritate their eyes.

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At the same time, ditch paper towels and start using cotton towels or old shirts repurposed as rags. Paper towels are not only expensive, but they also create waste. Replace them with microfiber cloths that are multipurpose and come in handy in every room whether it’s to clean up spillages, to dust the shelves or to wipe down the kitchen counters.

6. Multitask While You’re on the Phone or Watching a TV Show

Busy parents have a rough time trying to stay on top of meal prep, play time, and cleaning the house. Once you master the art of multitasking, you will be able to kill two birds with one stone.

If you have weekly calls with family or friends (on the phone or on skype) use a pair of wireless Bluetooth headphones. This allows you to walk around the house while you’re on the phone, putting things back in their place, dusting the books or cleaning the kitchen sink. What is more, preparing breakfast or dinner and cleaning up afterward won’t seem such a tedious chore if you watch your favorite YouTuber or TV show while washing the dishes.

7. Complete a Job as Soon as You See It

If you’re a busy mom or dad you know how tempting it is to postpone certain chores. Why do the dishes now when you can do them tomorrow morning before dropping the kids off at school? Of course, when the time comes, you might find something better to do and the pile of dirty dishes will just grow higher and higher.

Getting in the habit of cleaning as you go will make your life much easier. A tidy house is more welcoming, relaxing, and healthy for you and your kids. By making an extra effort to complete a job as soon as you see it, you are helping your future self-be more relaxed and organized. A good trick is to never leave a room empty-handed. Are you getting up from the living room sofa and headed to the kitchen? Grab dirty glasses, used napkins, and food leftovers and take them with you. Are you going from your bedroom into the bathroom? Take your hand cream and body lotion and put them back in their place. Once you start abiding by this rule you will notice your house will remain tidier and more organized with less effort from your part.

8. Establish a Place for Each Item in the House

Take the time to find a dedicated home for all of your items, especially your kids’ toys. It will become much easier to have a neat home that is organized and clean at all times. This way, when you are cleaning or tidying up, you will know exactly where to put your laptop bag, the Kindle charger, your sunglasses, or your kid’s vast Lego brick collection. As a result, you will not spend any energy on moving things aimlessly from one drawer to another.

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9. Clean Your Entire House on a Friday

Most of us are in the habit of cleaning on weekend days. If you are a busy parent with a full-time job, this makes sense. But do you really want to spend your free time cleaning around the house? Wouldn’t you want to wake up on a Saturday to a clean, tidy house and indulge in the activities that you truly love?

To achieve this, try to clean the house on Friday evenings. The whole family can pitch in and the tasks can be finished in one hour if you follow the rule mentioned in the first tip of this article. To make your efforts worth it, treat yourself, your partner and your kids with take-out food like pizza or ice-cream for dinner. This can easily become a ritual that doesn’t necessarily have to be tedious and time-consuming but fun and fast.

 

Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

Crazy Easy Organizing Tips for the Busy Mom

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We all have that one (or more) area of our house where we sort of throw random stuff. Maybe it’s a junk drawer, closet, or a corner of a room. We tend to forget about those things and then it gets so big that we feel overwhelmed.

I have gathered a list of really great organizing tips that will tackle your clutter and make your house feel more like a home again.

 

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These are in no particular order. Just some tips I’ve seen online and other things that have helped me through the years to be better organized.

-First of all, figure out what part of the house you need to start first. That is the hardest part.

-Store cans on their sides in your pantry with these racks

-stretch freezer space with inexpensive plastic bins

 

 

-Shopping bags in old tissue boxes

-To save space in your closet double and triple your hangers with can tabs

– Organize your hair dryer, straightener, and hair brushes with magazine holders

-Use cd holders in your container cabinet to hold the lids neatly

-Use clear plastic boxes to organize crayons, pens, and markers for your kid’s homework area

-Use on the door racks for EVERYTHING (great for spices and cans in the pantry)

-Bag up bath toys

-Use a picture frame as a dry erase board (Dry Erase Picture Frame)

-Use hanging file holders for gift bags and wrap

-And use bag holders for wrapping paper

-Get a few of these cube organizers for your kid’s rooms (they can organize shoes, sweaters, toys or books)

-Add flair to your entry way with a simple but elegant bowl on a small table to catch your keys, pocket change, and mail.

-Use a dish rack to make a coloring station for your little ones (put the coloring books in the slots and some pencils or markers in the utensil holder)

-make a point of putting things away as soon as you are finished with them

-Use votive candle holders for toothpicks or q-tips and slightly larger ones for cotton swabs

-Set a timer for 10 minutes, quickly remove clothes that you absolutely no longer want from your closet

-Have someone to help on the organizing projects that are too heavy, too emotional, or too time-consuming.

-In your bedroom, eliminate anything that isn’t related to dressing, sleeping, or relaxation. Relocate items to other rooms or closets. Add fresh flowers or a candle.

 

I hope you get some useful information from this list of organizing tips. It’s very difficult in our busy lives to keep every thing neat and organized. It has been said that clutter causes anxiety and depression.

What do you do in your home to keep things organized and tidy?

Let me know in the comments and share this post with your somewhat unorganized friends.

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Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

Organizing for Dummies…. Not really

Organizing your home can be very stressful. Especially if you haven’t been keeping up with all the random stuff you collect throughout the years.

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I know I love to collect lots of different things. I love home goods. Kitchen appliances and decor seems to be my favorite.

So, in order to organize all the things you may have lets go through some of the top organizing tips I’ve found so far,

First of all, I thought I was organized until I ran out of space. But, that is always how it works out. Once you run out of space things just seem to come out of the woodwork. Most things you didn’t even know you had in the first place.

There are a lot of things organized people do… apparently…

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  1. Organized people write things down
    1. When I write things down I usually wind up losing the paper or forgetting I wrote it down in the first place.
    2. I try very hard to remember to bring a notebook with me every where I go but that doesn’t always happen.
  2. Give everything a home.
    1. My mom used to say “A place for everything and everything in its place”. I obviously don’t follow that as much as I should.
    2. Obviously, this picture shows how truly unorganized I am, No matter how many times I clean and organize the things on this dresser it always seems to look like this in a few short days.
  3. Keep up with yo’ stuff:
    1. Stuff does not keep itself organized, keep it in check
    2. Always put things back where you found them, this will make it a lot easier to find them again and look a lot better as well.
  4. Keep only what you need.
    1. Now, this one makes me a little uneasy. I don’t NEED my Dolphin/Giraffe collection but I like them a lot and I will keep them no matter what. They make me happy.
    2. Less is more or whatever. Easier said than done… I love stuff!
  5. Work smarter, not harder.
    1. If you do it right the first time you won’t have to go back and do it all over again.
    2. It might seem to take longer but it will definitely save more time in the long run.
  6. Give yourself a reward/treat when you accomplish a task, to motivate yourself (this is my favorite step of all)
    1. Pretty much self explanatory
  7. Keep things you use everyday within reach and those once-in-a-while things out of site.
    1. Obvious
  8. Have a donate box in the car for things you don’t need
    1. Utilize it
  9. When in doubt… have lots of hooks for hanging things…
    1. nothing on the floor makes the home look much more organized
  10. Slow and steady wins the race
    1. You don’t need to organize everything in one day. Take your time.

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Organizing an entire home is an art form.

I recommend this book…

Move your stuff Change your life: How to use feng shui to get love, money, respect and happiness

Move your stuff, change your life: how to use feng shui to get Love, Money, Respect, and Happiness

It is engaging, informative, joyful and funny. A must read for those who need to organize in a deliberate way to feel more at peace.

You’ll be organized at more at peace with your life in no time.

That is all for now. Thank you so much for reading. Have an incredible Day.

Kristen

Allie’s Mommy 😛

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Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.