Anyone who knows me well knows that I don’t like cleaning. And so writing this post on how to create a realistic cleaning schedule for working moms is somewhat difficult to do for 2 reasons…
- Because I am new to this cleaning thing and terms like spring cleaning, deep clean aren’t terms I am too familiar with.
- Because I’m trying to figure this out for myself
But one thing is for sure. I do have some experience and I would like to share it with you…
As a teenager, I tried anything and everything to talk my way out of cleaning the house with my mom. I would pretend to be sick, to go on a school trip or invent stories that never made sense.
(The good old days..)
But one thing that remained the same all these years, is that I love living in a clean house. And i’m sure you do too…
Maybe cleaning is not your strong suit and I completely get it. However, it remains an important task for us to accomplish every so often, to maintain a healthy environment and the overall well-being of our families.
So today, we will try to find a solution to one of the most pressuring questions working moms have:
How to create and stick to a cleaning schedule for working moms?
Well, there isn’t a specific answer to this question.
Because there are millions of answers to this question, just like there are millions of families who want a cleaning plan tailored to their needs, schedules and lifestyles.
So yeah, we should clean our homes. But how should we go about it?
Like Kaitlin from the simplyorganizedhome.com said it beautifully:
Rather than trying to schedule your life around cleaning, schedule your cleaning around your life.
I find this concept so liberating and it makes a lot of sense.
That is why it is important that you…
1 . Find time and make time for each task
We all know that one “cleaning schedule blueprint” for every working mom isn’t going to cut it (right?). I mean with so many different working situations, it’s just not possible.
Maybe you have regular 9-5, Monday through Friday kind of job. Or maybe you’re a working mother who works a 12 hours shift 4 times a week. But what about the mom who works odd hours?
For this reason, I couldn’t create a cleaning schedule that would work for all of us.
I work from home, so you can see that one blueprint cannot deliver the right answer for all.
What we need to do is to take a good look at our weekly schedule and find blocks of time that would be dedicated to cleaning. Also, prioritizing your house chores in favor of other tasks that don’t require your immediate attention is a great way to get the job done.
2 . Create a 15, 30 or 60 minutes challenge
The great thing about Supermamas’, is that we are overachievers.
We try to manage it all with class and sticky fingers chasing us around the house.
And so, I find that when I set a challenge of tackling a task under 60, 30 or 15 minutes for myself, I not only push myself to crush the challenge but it also gives me an extra boost of energy.
Kids shouldn’t be the only ones to have fun.
And don’t worry if you didn’t win this time, you can always do better the next time around 😉 !
3 . Tidy up! A little goes a long way
A great tip that I use every day, is to tidy up and put things back to where they belong as soon as I finish with them.
It might seem obvious, but moms are busy with a million of things to do, that later becomes tomorrow and tomorrow becomes a week down the line and next thing you know, you wonder…
“how did we get here”
Trust me on this, this tip alone will save your hours every week.
4 . Have your family participate in your cleaning schedule
This post on cleaning schedule for working moms, is all about using your time efficiently to make a cleaning schedule work for your household. Speaking of time, your family members can be a great resource to help you gain in time and teach your children how to be responsible and to take care of their home.
Kids learn a lot during their early years.
Your other half too can participate. I find that when I ask my partner to help me with the house chores, it takes a weight off my shoulders and makes my husband appreciate even more to have a clean home.
5 . Take a day off of cleaning every week
Cleaning can be exhausting, especially if you’re cleaning your house every single day. Between vacuuming, dusting the shelves and cleaning the stove, you need to take a break and just enjoy your home. Taking a day off allows you to reset the process and enjoy your life, home and family.
Having a clean house isn’t something one can only dream of. But like anything great in life, it takes a little bit of planning and a whole lot of action. One thing is for sure though, you can do this, on your own terms.
No need to be up at 5am in the morning to scrub the bathtub before anyone wakes up. I know at that time I’m probably thinking about breakfast. Debating between waffles or a 2 eggs sandwich 🙂
I want to hear from you!
→ What’s your best cleaning tip?
→ What does you cleaning schedule for working moms look like?
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xoxo Djenebou ♥