12 Tips for Maintaining a Clean Home

A home should be a place of calm, comfort, and peace, but when our homes are consistently dirty or in disarray, they are anything but. Maintaining a clean home is such a huge challenge for busy moms that can cause stress and anxiety, as well as affecting relationships within the family. Here are 12 tips to make keeping your home clean and organized easier and more enjoyable.

mother and children with mops and broom work on maintaining a clean home

  1. Create a Schedule: Make a plan for maintaining a clean home. Allocate specific times during the week or day for cleaning tasks. This could include small tasks daily or a more thorough clean-up on weekends.
  2. Prioritize Tasks: Focus on high-priority areas first, such as kitchen and bathrooms, and then move on to other areas. This ensures that the most important and highest-traffic spaces stay clean.
  3. Involve the Family: Assign age-appropriate chores to children. THEY ARE CAPABLE OF SO MUCH. This not only lightens your load but also teaches them responsibility.
  4. Declutter Regularly: Obviously, less clutter means less to clean. Depending on your situation, set up regular time intervals to declutter and donate used items.
  5. Multitask with Something Fun: Grab your earbuds and put on a podcast, audiobook, or some great music while you clean. This will keep you motivated and make especially undesirable tasks like scrubbing toilets more bearable.
  6. Implement the Five-Minute Rule: If a task takes less than five minutes, do it immediately. This could include wiping down countertops, loading the dishwasher, or starting a load of laudry.
  7. Set Up Cleaning Stations: Keep cleaning supplies readily accessible in different parts of the house. This eliminates the need to gather supplies from one central location each time.
  8. Utilize Time and Energy Saving Tools: Invest in time-saving tools like microfiber cloths, steam cleaners, and spin scrubbers. These tools can make cleaning faster and more efficient.
  9. Break Tasks into Smaller Chunks: If cleaning an entire room feels overwhelming, break it down into smaller tasks. Focus on one area at a time, such as cleaning one shelf or organizing one drawer.
  10. Schedule Regular Deep Cleans: While daily maintenance is essential, schedule regular deep cleaning sessions to tackle areas that may get neglected during daily cleaning routines. If you can afford it, absolutely hire a cleaning service quarterly to deep clean for you.
  11. Don’t Aim for Perfection: Accept that a perfectly clean house at all times is not achievable, especially with a busy schedule. Aim for a relatively clean and organized living space that is comfortable for your family.
  12. Reward Yourself: Celebrate small victories and milestones in your cleaning routine. Treat yourself after completing a particularly challenging cleaning task- this could be anything from a nap to Door Dashing a piece of pie from your favorite pie shop.

Finding a balance between maintaining a clean home and spending quality time with your family is key. Prioritize tasks based on what’s most important to you, your comfort, and your mental health.

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Elizabeth Baker
Elizabeth was raised in Houston and met her husband Ryan shortly after graduating from Texas A&M with a journalism degree. A few years later, Grayson {Sept 2010}, turned Elizabeth’s world upside down, not only with his sparkling blue eyes and killer smile, but with his profound disabilities and diagnosis of Mitochondrial Disease. After two years of navigating the world of special needs parenting, Elizabeth and Ryan were blessed with Charlotte {Jan 2013} and Nolan {Sept 2015}, perfectly completing their party of five. Elizabeth and her crew live in Katy, and when she can steal a few moments for herself, she can be found out for Mexican food and margaritas with girlfriends, binge-listening to podcasts and audiobooks, or trying once again {unsuccessfully} to organize her closet. In addition to her role as Managing Editor of HMB, Elizabeth writes about faith, politics and special needs parenting for publications like Scary Mommy and HuffPost.You can connect with Elizabeth on Facebook,Twitter, Instagram, or ElizabethKBaker.com


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