9 Best Cleaning Tips for Busy Parents

Guest Post by John Stuart of dailypoppins.co.uk

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.

Kid Friendly House Cleaning Tips to Try Today (Guest Post)

This is a guest post by Michael from ThinkCrucial.com, a home improvement brand that helps people save money on replacement parts.

Kid Friendly House Cleaning Tips to Try Today

When you have a child, there is one more person making a mess and not cleaning it up, which can lead to some overwhelming clutter. While your child shouldn’t be handling toilet cleaner at the age of three or fixing light bulbs at the age of six, there are plenty age appropriate tasks your child can help with around the house. There may not be enough time in between all of the everyday tasks you need to complete to spend time cleaning, so here are some timely, kid-friendly tips for cleaning that you can try today.

Make a Chore Chart

Get creative with this tip and make a simple or themed chore chart. Your kids can be earning different items (made from paper) like Olympic medals or balloons, and once they’ve earned enough, they can redeem their earnings for a prize. You can make a chart online of different chores that need to be done and who should do them, print it out, and hang it somewhere that’s easily seen. If you put yourself and your significant other on the chore chart, you can even reward yourself for getting your work done and your child sees that they’re not the only one doing things around the house.

Don’t Use Harsh Chemical Cleaners

A quick trip to the store can get you some vinegar, hydrogen peroxide or any other child-safe cleaner. If your kids will be helping with the cleaning up, you won’t want to be using bleach or any other harsh chemical. Not only are harsher chemicals not safe for your child, but kids can spill it on other fabrics and ruin valuables. Hydrogen peroxide can be used to whiten, vinegar to get out smells, and other child safe cleaners can teach your child how to clean while not hurting them.

Have a Cleaning Competition

If you have more than one kid, you can give them separate tasks to clean the same room or different rooms as quickly and as well as they can. One child can clean up wearable items while the other cleans up trash and playthings, or someone cleans the living room while the other cleans the kitchen. Whoever cleans up the fastest gets a prize. The cleaning will be done faster and you can judge the winner by how well they cleaned up so they have the incentive to clean up quickly, but efficiently.

Make Clean Up Cards

Sometimes it’s helpful to put the different cleaning tasks in writing. If your child can read, make clean up cards that give details and pictures for what needs to be done in any room they’ll be cleaning. It can be daunting for a child to try to clean a whole bathroom, but if there are instructions written down, they can complete the task in stages to make cleaning more manageable. They also won’t forget how to do it if it’s written down for them.

Use a Song as a Time frame

Incorporating dance into your child’s cleaning routine can make the task more fun while also giving a time for the task to be completed by. You can have your child wipe up a mess they made, clean up clothes, or sweep while playing their favorite song. The cleaning is done quickly and it takes minimal effort to put on the song. Then, they can dance for the rest of the song if they complete the task early enough.

Try Your Best to Prevent the Mess

Child proofing your home is not only beneficial for your child’s safety but your sanity as well. Putting a childproof lock on easy-to-reach cabinets can help prevent a mess to clean up in the first place. Move anything breakable higher up so your kids can’t reach it. You can also purchase bowls or cups that make it harder for your child to make a mess everywhere. You have less to worry about if there’s not as much mess, to begin with.

Accidents happen, so of course, messes will be a part of your life if you have children. There are plenty of kid friendly ways to make the kids involved in the cleaning up process so you don’t have to do everything yourself. So try these tips to save time and get your kids to clean up after themselves. It teaches responsibility and helps keep you sane.

 

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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.

The imperfect parent: What should I be doing?

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The Imperfect Parent

Being an imperfect parent is scary. Most of us struggle with parenting every day. Yes! It’s true, the parents who love and care if their child will be happy and healthy as they grow up, struggle with the decisions they make every day. You are not alone!

I am an imperfect parent. And I’m okay with that. Usually.

I struggle every day with the simplest things. Am I feeding Allie the right foods? Do I interact with her enough? To much? Am I letting her watch too much T.V? What could I be doing better?

Am I a good parent?

So, in order to understand what a “good parent” is, we need to look at what a “bad parent” looks like.

We all know that a bad parent is usually:

  • intolerant
  • constantly critical
  • more interested in their own affairs, and
  • seems like they would rather be doing anything else

(this does not include the extreme cases of abusive parents. If you know of any children in abusive situations please let the authorities know)

Now, I have a question for you.

Are you satisfied with being a “good enough parent”?

I believe that you definitely want more for your child than just average. We all want our children to have “more than we ever had”.

But, you need to think about what will make you happy as well. Coming up with that balance of happy mom happy kids is difficult.

Here are a few tips to get you started on the right track as an imperfect parent. Take them as a jumping off point to come up with your own plan for a happy life for your family.

  1. You are human: Be humble. Recognize that you have a lot to learn. We all do. Be willing to learn from your mistakes. You cannot do everything, be everywhere, or know everything. You have your own issues and that is okay. The key is not to be perfect but to have the right attitude.Forgive yourself for your mistakes. Celebrate your successes.
  2. You are playing a percentage game: We know these stories all too well. The children from the most abusive, deprived backgrounds somehow manage to be huge successes. While the children from the very best families somehow go off the rails into drugs and crime. In reality you, the parent, are only one factor in your child’s upbringing. You cannot (as much as you try) control all the variables. Nothing in life is guaranteed.Your success as a parent is NOT determined by how well your children turn out. It is, however, determined by whether you did all you reasonably could to do the right things and make the right decisions for them, with the knowledge you had at the time.
  3. Your children are not the only things in your life: We seem to be obsessed with the idea that the interests of the children come first, before anything else. By putting them first in everything we run the risk of creating a selfish “me first” generation. (Which we see all too often). They could grow up believing that the world owes them a living.Sometimes, children have to take second place, and that is an important life lesson.Make up your own mind as to what would be best for the family as a whole.
  4. Long term view: Raising children is a long process. How do you want them to be as adults? What qualities and skills do they need to learn?What experiences do they need along the way to learn those skills and character traits?
  5. Look for positives: They will make mistakes. Forgive them. Correct them gently and move on. Children crave their parent’s attention. If you pay attention to what they do wrong, they will do more of that.Pay attention to what they do right and they will be eager to please you more.
  6. Stick to your guns:Believe in yourself. There will be times when you make decisions and you are challenged on them, either by your children or others. Do Not be swayed!And don’t be afraid to say NO…. to your children and your relatives.

Are you an imperfect parent?

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Your children are watching you.

Watching how you deal with life, How you make decisions, how you cope with adversity, how you believe in yourself, and stand up for yourself and your family. The easiest way to learn is observing.

Be a good example for them.

I hope this post helped you to feel a little bit better about your parenting style and get some motivation for the future.

If you enjoyed it please share and let me know which tip you liked the most. If you have anything to add that has helped you please comment below, we can all learn from each other.

Have a wonderful week!

 

 

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.