As a mom, you may feel like a messy house is inevitable. Kids aren't inherently neat...and tend to leave a little bit of a trail wherever they go. That being said, having a clean house is still possible, with a little bit of effort every day. You don't have to spend hours tidying if you follow these fast cleaning tips.
Making your bed is a small task, but one that will help you set the tone for your day. Not only will your room look clean and picked up, it will also make you more productive. Talk about a great way to spend a few minutes! Teaching your kids to make their beds is also a great way to add some structure into their lives. Start the habit when they're young!
No one likes seeing dirty dishes on the counter or in the sink. It's important to create a system that will make your life easier. After every meal, do a quick 10 minute clean up. If your kids are older, train them to wither wash their plates after eating or put them immediately in the dishwasher. Keep your sink area clear and pour a little bleach down the drain periodically...it will help you avoid any clogging and the need to call a same day plumbing service.
Laundry piles up just as fast as dirty dishes...especially when you have kids! If you don't put everything away immediately it can (very quickly) get out of control. As with everything else, make a habit and take 10 minutes to put it away after you do a load.
Cleaning the bathroom is every mom's worst nightmare. It's literally where all the mess congregates! That being said, a little daily effort will make the big jobs so much easier. Wipe down all countertops, toilet seats, and door handles daily. Keep Clorox wipes under the sink so you're not tempted to put it off! Teach your children to hang up towels after using them, wipe off toothpaste on the sink, and wipe away any excess water on the floor. A little bit of effort make a big difference!
When your day starts to wind down, set yourself a timer to 15 minutes and pick up everything that is out of its place and put it back where it belongs. You can even make it a game with your kids to do before bed. Tell them they have 15 minutes to pick up as much as they can and they will be rewarded with a an extra bedtime story. When you make it a daily habit to do a quick clean, your home will always look nice and tidy.
Ayla Anderson is an avid reader and an enthusiastic blogger who writes articles on home improvement, business, Family and beauty. She is also an MBA student who spends much of her time giving advice to newly small businesses on how to grow their businesses. You can follow her on Twitter.