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In this post, I’ll share with you a few tips and a simple cleaning routine made especially for mom’s who work full-time.
It is possible to have a tidy home even when you feel as if you do not have enough hours in the day.
Keep reading to find out how and get your free printable cleaning checklist!
Cleaning Schedule for the Working Mom
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As a mom who currently works full-time, I speak from experience when I say that you can have a tidy home without a ton of effort or time.
It’s all about time management and being able to break chores down into bite size chunks that don’t interfere with your daily life.
Many mom’s, including myself, can become overwhelmed when we have so much to do and very little time to do it.
That’s why creating a cleaning schedule is an absolute must for maintaining your sanity, maximizing your time and getting things done.
Hopefully the tips below will help guide you to creating a cleaning schedule that works for you. Also, you can download the printable located at the bottom of this post as a quick outline of daily tasks that are catered for the busy mom.
5 Tips for Creating a Cleaning Routine
1. Wake up one hour before family.
Getting up just 1 hour before your family is the perfect time to take care of the little things. Everyone is sound asleep and you are able to relax a little, fix a cup of coffee and really clear your mind.
When waking up before your family, you can take care of simple tasks such as filling the dishwasher or placing a load of clothes in the washer with little interruption. By doing these little things everyday, you are already one step ahead.
2. Clean as you go.
This is a vital step to keeping your daily cleaning to a minimum and saving more time throughout the week. Whether it’s cooking or getting dressed in the morning, make a conscious effort to put things back where they belong after you use them.
For example, when you are cooking dinner or breakfast put spices back in the cabinet after you use them, wipe down counters and place any used dishes immediately in the dishwasher.
3. Have an “AM” and “PM” chore list.
To make cleaning a little easier, divide chores into tasks that can be completed in the morning or at night.
Chores that can be completed in the morning should be ones that do not require a ton of time such as making the bed, spraying the shower and toilets with a cleaning solution and wiping down counters.
Tasks that are more time dependent such as taking care of the laundry, vacuuming and mopping should be saved for the evening.
Figure out which tasks that you can easily handle before you go to work and after to find the right balance for your work schedule.
4. Save one day out of the month to declutter.
Decluttering is a task in which you take inventory of things in your home that you no longer need or use and decide whether to donate or throw away. It can be extremely time-consuming and is best saved for a day when you have nothing else on your schedule. This allows you to focus on decluttering effectively.
5. Don’t be afraid to get help.
Sometimes we put more on our schedule than we can handle and that’s ok. If it’s possible, ask for help from close friends and family members to watch the kids while you have a few hours to clean or hire a babysitter for a couple of hours.
Before you say that you can’t afford it you really have to consider how much is your sanity worth? Is it worth the stress to do it all your yourself? Sometimes it isn’t. With the average cost of cleaning services ranging from $50-90 an hour, you can easily budget $15-$20 a week to pay for a once a month hands off cleaning from a professional.
Hopefully these tips will inspire you to create a cleaning routine that works with your schedule. You can also use this printable for starters!
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