After a long pregnancy-induced break from my housekeeping binder and the regular cleaning that went with it, Jason and I decided enough was enough regarding our dirty house. A couple weeks ago I drew up a weekly cleaning schedule (two or three simple tasks per day) and enlisted Jason’s help. Being home is a lot more pleasant all of a sudden.
I’m no slob. I like tidying and organizing, and I generally clean up after myself. But I frequently look around my mother-in-law’s house and think, How in the world does she get everything so CLEAN?! Everything sparkles! I spotted a cobweb in her house once and felt like I’d seen the Loch Ness Monster. But I digress.
Maybe you shouldn’t take housekeeping tips from a woman who sometimes doesn’t remember to scrub her kitchen sink until it changes colors, but here are some of the ways I’ve made our house feel cleaner without spending all day at it:
1. The obvious: stick to my weekly cleaning schedule. Cleaning is much easier when you’re doing a little bit frequently.
2. Do a load or two of laundry each day. I don’t know about you, but laundry piles just scream messy to me.
3. Pick up toys and other detritus at least once a day. I usually do this before Simone goes to bed, and at least try to enlist her help.
4. When in doubt, deal with “hot spots”: dishes, kitchen counters (I’m forever piling stuff on the counters), wherever you throw your clothes when you take them off, etc.
5. Strive for good smells! I’m trying to get away from scented candles, so yesterday I made some of these cute air fresheners with baking soda and essential oil. (I used lavender and tangerine, not together). I even made one for my car!
How do you keep your house clean? Especially if you have little kids?