Have you ever had someone ask to stop by your house in a few minutes, and you start to freak out because the house is a mess?
Maybe you feel like you can’t have anyone over at all because you just can’t seem to keep the house clean.
Keeping the house clean may seem impossible – especially with kids!
But I want to assure you it’s not impossible. Of course, I’m not talking about a perfect home. That is never my goal.
There are times when messes happen and floors get sticky, but it is absolutely no good for you or your family to live in a constant state of mess. In fact, it’s detrimental.
You can read my take on moms with sticky floors here: Good Moms Don’t Have (constantly) Sticky Floors.
So, let’s get your house clean!
How to Keep Your House Clean and Organized
STEP 1: Own less stuff.
When you think about all that you are cleaning up, do you ever stop and thinking about all of the stuff?
The more toys your children have, the more there is to pick up.
The more clothes you have, the more laundry gets piled up and the more laundry there is to do.
The more you have in your home, the more you have to maintain it, and that takes time and energy. Two things you may not have a lot of as a mom.
Now, that doesn’t mean you have to go all minimalist and live in a 200 square foot RV. Kuddos if you do! 🙂 But most of us, just need to make decluttering a regular habit.
Start with the places that are used the most or cause the most frustration. Usually the kitchen counters, bathrooms, and kids rooms.
STEP 2: Get motivated.
Let’s face it, you have to be motivated to keep a clean house. For most of us, it doesn’t simply come naturally. When you lack motivation, it usually shows up in the form of procrastination or not even trying.
You feel overwhelmed with all that needs to be done. You feel like you have to have a perfect home, but feel like you’ll never achieve it.
You don’t have time to take care of yourself and lack the energy to actually clean the house and make supper.
BUT –You don’t have to stay that way. There are specific things you can do to beat procrastination and that’s why I love sharing encouragement with you online through my emails, blog, courses, and social media.
Motivation comes from simplifying big tasks, facing the fears the are holding you back, and doing things that energize you. In fact, I have a whole course dedicated to getting you motivated, but it only open up a few times in the year.
STEP 3: Incorporate cleaning routines.
Routines simply automate the tasks that you have to do on a regular basis, so that you don’t have to use up extra brain space or energy trying to remember to get things done.
Where routines go wrong is when people set up super trict schedules that must be done no matter what and end up getting in the way of life.
Routines should have the exact opposite effect.
Following simple daily cleaning habits that are part of your routine actually allow for more freedom and the ability to enjoy life more!
Here’s how that works…
If you don’t have a system for getting your laundry done, that means you are constantly thinking about how behind on the laundry you are.
You wonder whether or not you’ll have clean clothes to wear the next day. You may have to dig through the dryer to find a pair of clean socks for your kids to wear that day.
BUT… if you make laundry a part of your daily routine, you won’t have to constantly be reminding yourself to do the laundry.
You’ll KNOW that you and your family have clothes to wear each day.
This allows you to go throughout your day without being burdened by the laundry.
The four daily cleaning habits that will make the biggest impact are:
- one load of laundry
- clean kitchen at night
- general tidy up before bed
- dealing with paperwork right away
After you are in the habit of taking care of the dishes, laundry, paperwork, and general tiyding, you’ll want to add weekly cleaning tasks to your routines.
This would include cleaning tasks such as mopping, cleaning the bathrooms, and dusting. You may find that you want to do all of these on the same day, or spread them out throughout the week.
As a mom, I find it easier to spread out my weekly cleaning chores throughout the week.
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