As a parent, you’ve probably found yourself asking whether or not it is even possible to have a tidy home and a baby or toddler.
The older your children get, the harder these tasks seem to be as they leave their toys all over the house or spill crumbs at every given opportunity. Parenthood, when coupled with a busy social or work life, often means that cleaning ends up taking a bit of a backseat – but it doesn’t have to. You just need to find ways that help you keep your house clean without taking up to much of your time or energy (especially if you’re planning on working through them once the kids go to bed).
With that in mind, here are some time-saving cleaning hacks that every mum should know.
- Make the most of your dishwasher. While your dishwasher is great for tidying up after a big meal or busy day, it can also be used to deep clean other household items – including children’s toys (though you should ensure they are waterproof before putting them in).
- Use a robot vacuum. Robot vacuums, such as roborock, make cleaning your home a breeze, as you don’t have to do any of the hard work yourself. The roborock is expertly designed and manufactured, meaning it can quickly and effectively pick up dust and debris across your home – saving you the job of daily vacuuming.
- Stick to quick bursts of cleaning. Though many of us prefer to get cleaning ‘over with’ as quickly as possible, you probably don’t have enough time in your week to dedicate an entire day to cleaning. Therefore, try to spread out your cleaning duties across the week – spending between 15 to 30 minutes each day working through your chores. One way in which you could do this is by cleaning a specific room each day.
- Get everyone to help. Though most of the cleaning responsibilities will fall upon the parent(s), you must get your children to help out where appropriate. This helps them learn valuable skills for later life, as well as teaching them the value of responsibility.
- Manage your clutter. Unnecessary clutter – be that piles of old letters or discarded toys and clothes – probably make up the vast majority of the ‘mess’ within your home. Therefore, you can save yourself valuable time when it comes to cleaning by ensuring you keep your clutter under control. Remember when your parents would tell you that, ‘there’s a place for everything, and everything should be in its place’ – they were right! If you no longer need or use something, it’s time to say goodbye to it!
- Buy multi-purpose cleaning products. Instead of buying hundreds of different cleaning products (and spending money you don’t have), focus on buying products that are versatile and can be used for various different purposes. For example, kitchen and bathroom surfaces can be cleaned with the same products instead of buying separate ones for each function. Alternatively, you could even make your own cleaning products from scratch.
Disclosure: This is a partnered post