This house cleaning post was sponsored by Art of Green® and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
I wish I could always blame my kids for those days when my house is a mess, but to be honest, they probably got some of their messy tendencies from yours truly. 😆 But, I will say that we’ve all gotten better over the last few years when it comes to keeping our home clean and even with kids, it’s not as impossible of a task as it seems!
We’re all spending lots more time at home now with lots of spaces now doubling as homeschooling centers or living rooms turning into mid-day recess areas, so it’s become even more important to have an efficient cleaning system in place. I’m sharing my top 3 easy tips that helps me keep my home clean, even with kids!
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House Cleaning Tips
TIP 1: Keep Cleaning Wipes Visible and Accessible
I don’t think our bathroom has ever gotten as much constant use as it does now with my husband and I plus two little ones at home everyday now! It’s so easy for the bathroom to easily get dirty and it’s always the last place anybody wants to spend time cleaning, so our trick is just to keep wipes sitting right on top of the toilet tank. By making the wipes visible and easily accessible, it then becomes super easy to just spend 5 seconds quickly wiping down the area. This keeps messes from building up and keeping the wipes conveniently next to the toilet flush makes it just a part of the cleanup routine whenever anyone is done using the bathroom!
TIP 2: Make It Fun and Time Yourself
This is a trick that I use on my kids whenever I’m motivating them finish a certain task, and it’s honestly just as fun for adults too! Oftentimes the hardest part about cleaning is just starting, so I turn it into a game where I try to beat my own time. Just kick off a timer right before tasks such as unloading the dishwasher (a task which I have down to under 2 minutes now!) or wiping down the kitchen counters (3 minutes for me!).
The added benefit of turning it into a speed game is that you’ll also look for ways to get the job done faster. I discovered that it’s a lot faster to unload the dishwasher by first taking everything out, setting it into groups on the counter, and then putting it away, instead of just putting away the dishes directly when taking them out of the dishwasher! I kinda surprised myself with when I changed up my technique here, but it’s testing out these different techniques that have helped me figure out the best way to clean. Another suggestion is to experiment with using wipes and/or cleaning spray — I’ve found that I’m faster at cleaning the kitchen table with the spray since usually that area requires a heavy dousing of product in certain areas, but with countertops I’m actually much faster just giving it a quick swipe with the pre-moistened disposable wipes!
Plus, once I have an idea of how long a certain task takes, it becomes a whole lot less daunting of a task — I tell myself that it’s only “x” number of minutes and that mental time box helps to get me going!
TIP 3: THE “LAUNDRY BASKET TRICK”
And finally, if you have kids you know that there are always random items left around the house by the end of the day. No joke I almost always find shoes left under the table, toys that have rolled under the couch, and sometimes even underwear that I have no idea why has been left in the corner of the dining room. My best tip is to take an empty laundry basket and do a quick sweep around the house filling it up with items that aren’t in their proper place. In a short 5 minutes, I have of items that I can then take put in the proper rooms.
This “laundry basket trick” means that I only take one trip through the house. This is usually the last step for me at the end of the day before I’m about to sit down and relax, and trust me, I am all about maximizing that time!
Life can be pretty messy (especially when kids are involved!) so hopefully these tips will help you speed clean your way to a cleaner home. I know I always feel like I have more mental headspace when I wake up to a clean home and oftentimes, it’s having a few tricks up your sleeve to help with the daily maintenance that will help you get the job done. Be sure to pick up Art of Green to help with their lineup of effective sprays and wipes!
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What’s your favorite time-saving trick when it comes to house cleaning? Let me know in a comment below!
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