I know cleaning is my favorite job, what about yours? And there is no sarcasm in that previous sentence whatsoever. Having little ones at home and trying to clean is probably one of the most frustrating parts of being a mom. You clean, they mess it up, and just hit repeat 20 times a day – minimum. Sometimes I am completely convinced that the kids are running behind me just to UNDO all of the things I am doing…
There is a way to clean your home with little ones at home. Are you ready to know some of my secrets?
#1. Use Kid Safe Cleaner
A lot of the stress from cleaning is the fear of a child getting into the cleaner. There is one way to solve this problem, stick to cleaner that is safe for your children to be around. Some of you are probably still clinging to your bleach, Windex, and chemical cleaner. If you want to clean with your little ones around, you will need to give these cleaners up and switch to something safer for little noses.
#2. Get Them Involved
When it comes to cleaning the home, no (little) man or woman should be left behind. If you are cleaning, get the little ones involved. Does it take ten times longer? Yes, but you are making memories with the little ones and that’s what is most important. You might be surprised what a little one year old toddler can accomplish, when his biggest cheerleader is cheering him on. My girls LOVE to help wash the countertops or sweep the floors. They have their own cleaning supplies that are just the right size for them so they can be helpful and have fun learning how to be responsible and take care of the home!
#3. Purge Items
The more “stuff” you have in your home, the more difficult it is to clean. Toys, clothing, and shoes can make it harder for anyone to clean. Trust me, when you remove the excess items from your home, you can really get to work. Plus you can keep space open for your little ones to play in while you clean important areas of the home. There’s nothing worse than a family tripping over each other’s feet, while trying to clean a home. Get rid of those extra items, so everyone can have a safe cleaning experience. If you plan on keeping items for a few years down the road, store them in a spare spot, instead of the kids’ bedrooms.
#4. Clean as You Go
The last time you had a five hour stretch to clean your home was probably before you had kids. I’ve learned that the easiest way to clean is to do it as I go. It’s so tempting to leave the dishes in the sink or to leave the mess on the floor for a quick clean later. Cleaning as you go helps ensure your house doesn’t accumulate more dirt, dust, and messes. (Of course, if you have to choose between tickling toes and cleaning your floor—choose the toes).
As you go through your day, trying to clean your home, just remember that kids will be kids. Little ones are especially hard on the home. Do what you can to keep your home clean and don’t stress about the rest. Hopefully these tips will give you some ideas to keep your home a little cleaner while you raise those little people.