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The lazy mother’s guide to housework

14 Mar
The Good Wife's Guide (1955)

The Good Wife's Guide (1955) (Photo credit: Peter Forret)

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.

Multitask

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.

De-clutter

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?

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Time saving tips from a busy mum!

10 Sep
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I’m just grabbing 5 minutes to write this post whilst eating breakfast and having my coffee.  I’m never one to do just one thing at a time.  This got me thinking about all the ways that we as mummies  get things done when we are in a rush and how good we are at multi tasking.  I thought I would list some of the ways that I try to save time.

I love it when the kids are in the bath, it gives me at least 15 mintues to do something useful while they play.  Usually this involves tidying the bedrooms or cleaning the bathroom.

Whilst the kids eat their breakfast I make the lunches, wash the dishes or get dressed myself – usually a mixture of all these things!

Ironing

I really hate ironing so one thing I do is to keep the ironing board set up (ok, you have to have the space for this, or make yourself not care about seeing it there!).  That way if I have just 5 minutes spare I’m already to go and iron just a couple of shirts to cut down at least some of my huge pile.  I also try to buy non-iron items anyway and only iron what is really necessary.

Shopping

I get my grocery shopping delivered.  Ok, the initial shop can take more time than actually going to the supermarket but after that, once all your favourites are on your page you can select the items you usually buy.  Most Supermarkets offer free delivery over a certain amount so it doesn’t cost anymore.

When shopping I always buy for the week ahead.  That way I don’t have to keep popping to the shops when I run out of things.

We tend to cook in bulk, if we make something like a cottage pie we will make double the amount and freeze some.  This saves having to cook one night which is a real treat when all you want to do is sit down at the end of the day.

I buy lots of other stuff online too if I can.  To go into town can take up at least an hour of my time that I could spend doing something else.

Housework

I used to be more house proud before we had the children.  Now I find that I would like it to look cleaner but I just don’t have the time.  My solution is to at least try to keep it tidy even if it is full of dust!  If things are put away at the end of the day I can at least find Lily’s hairbrush when I need it in a rush – saving me a lot of time running around like a headless chicken.  The rest of the housework gets done in one big cleaning session every week, or two… or three..(!)

We don’t have a dishwasher so I usually pile all the dishes into the sink with some BOILING hot water and leave them to soak for 10 minutes (whilst doing something useful like getting the kids dressed).  By the time you come back to them they have pretty much self cleaned!

I’m sure I’ve missed loads.  Can you add some more time-saving tips?