I read somewhere that doing housework with children under 5 is like shovelling snow whilst it is still snowing. I can totally relate to this. It feels like no sooner have you tidied up then the house is messy again. I am most definitely NOT a houseproud woman. It might have been on my list of priorities BC (before children) but now I am more concerned with making sure the children are fed and watered and that we get to have some fun. Working from home probably doesn’t help, there are always too many demands on my time and I’m afraid housework comes very near to the bottom of my list!
I’m sure many other mummies feel like this so here are a few tips I’ve found helpful when it comes to tackling housework in as little time as possible!
Have all the equipment to hand
Try to have a cleaning stash in the bathroom and the kitchen so that it is always there ready when you want to use it. If you run out of anything write it down so you remember to buy it when you go shopping.
Put on some music
For some reason I find it much easier to get in the mood for housework when I’ve got some good music playing, crank it up load so you can still hear it over the vacuum cleaner!
Pool your resources
There’s no reason why the rest of the family can’t help with household chores. By picking up after each other and putting things away, the house will already look neater and will be much easier to keep clean.
Set a timer
Give yourself a set time to do something. Set the timer on your phone for say 15 minutes and set yourself a target of what you would like to get done in those 15 minutes.
As mums we are good at this aren’t we? While the children are in the bath, give the sink a quick wash – while they are eating their tea empty the dishwasher. I’m sure we already do this anyway.
If your house is always cluttered, crowded and messy then it may be time for a sort-out. Sometimes you just can’t see the wood for the trees if you have got too much stuff. Set aside a time to have a good de-clutter and send some stuff off to the charity shop.
Concentrate on the kitchen
The kitchen is the busiest and most used room in our house. I find if the kitchen is a disaster area then I just can’t cope with it. Everything takes longer because you have to clean surfaces and dishes before you can cook, or make a packed lunch. Try to at least keep the counters clean and tidy and put the dishes in the dishwasher.
Make good use of your dishwasher
You can put all sorts of things in the dishwasher. Put your oven racks and shelves in there and your compartments from your fridge. Makes cleaning the oven and the fridge much easier!
Lighten the laundry load
Don’t wash clothes unless they are dirty, if they are still clean just fold them up and put them away for another day. When buying clothes look for clothing that requires minimum ironing. Talking of ironing… you don’t really need to iron bedding and hankies do you! Just as well my old gran isn’t around to hear me say that……
Have you got any other tips for saving time with housework?