You know the term “supermom”? Me too, and this is definitely not a post on how to be supermom. My house has a normal amount of dirt, but it’s clean by my standards, and my standards tend to be higher than average.
So, you’re a mom, there’s a million things to do, and that’s not including all the house chores. I’m a working mom, and the hours of 5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. are consumed with work-related tasks. Then, in the evenings, it’s all I can do to get supper on the table, dishes cleaned, the baby fed, bath time accomplished, lunches packed for the next day, and finally…bed time.
During the week, there really isn’t much time to clean, aside from managing clutter, keeping up with dishes, and doing the never-ending piles of laundry.
But, that’s OK.
It’s amazing how just keeping clutter, dishes, and laundry at bay helps me keep my sanity. As a general rule, before I go to bed, I just make sure the kitchen is cleaned (it’s awful waking up to a dirty kitchen), any toys or items we used during the evening are put away, and all clutter-collecting surfaces are cleared.
Laundry is so much easier to manage when done routinely as soon as there’s enough for a full load. I HATE doing laundry, especially folding it and putting it away. I’m much more likely to find the motivation to finish it from start to end if there’s only a little bit to do at a time.
But what about the rest of the house?
Ah, enter in SATURDAY!! Pre-baby, my Saturday mornings were typically far from productive. That’s the day to sleep in, right?! Well, I can still sleep in as long as the baby allows me. This morning it was until 7:30! After doing our morning feeding and smiles routine, I then have the rest of the morning to clean, and mornings are when I’m most productive.
First, start that load of laundry. You know you have some. Also, Saturdays are the days to wash our bedding, making that day’s laundry load more than usual, so it’s a good idea to get a head start on that.
Then, tackle the house. I start with our bedroom (the easiest place for it to get messy and disorganized) and work my way from one end of the house to the other.
I like to do all my vacuuming at once, so I start with our bedroom and go from there, ending in the room we store the vacuum cleaner in. Then, I sweep the kitchen and bathroom floors, followed by mopping.
I hate cleaning the bathrooms. Ugh. But, I do them together as well, first cleaning the toilets, then the tubs, then the sinks, ending with the mirrors. If you wear a Fitbit, think of all the steps you can get doing it this way!
Now, this may not be a great use of your time if your house is large or more than one story. We just have a little three bedroom, two bathroom house, all on one floor, so it’s really easy to clean this way.
Next up, dusting. Now laugh with me at the thought of dusting! And on we move.
Continue to keep laundry going throughout your morning routine, and of course, stop for snuggles and feedings as needed.
I usually finish all my cleaning by lunchtime, although laundry will finish later in the afternoon depending on how many loads I need to do. Our bedding alone is two loads. (Note: This is attainable because I’ve already put things away, did the dishes, and cleaned the kitchen the night before. It will take longer if you have to do these chores as well.)
So, this is all great, but what about the baby?
Those little people are pretty demanding and sometimes make it impossible to get anything done. However, not all the time. Here are a few tips from my experience:
- Use your husband. This can be a great time for him to get in some one-on-one time with the baby. There is no way I’d be able to get everything done if I didn’t have my husband’s help with the baby, and pro tip: husbands need to be needed. So, give him the baby for a bit.
- Wear your baby while cleaning. If you don’t have a baby carrier, you seriously need to get one. It’s a mega lifesaver. I’m writing this post right now while wearing my snoring baby. I put together a crock pot meal wearing my baby. Sometimes, I get ready in the morning wearing my baby. Lifesaver. We have the Infantino Flip Advanced 4-in-1 Baby Carrier, and it’s great. Plus, it’s cheap compared to all the other carriers out there.
- Once your baby can support his or her head well enough, introduce the Bumbo Chair. Our little guy loves to sit in it and watch us do things. His whole world has completely changed now that he can see what’s going on around him. You may only get short stretches in it, but it’s usually enough time for me to vacuum or fold the laundry. Any time counts!
- Utilize nap time. Once that baby goes down, kick it in gear. This is the time I clean the bathrooms. As much as I love baby carrying, it is much easier to vacuum, sweep, and mop with a baby attached to me than it is to scrub toilets and tubs. So, if this messes up your cleaning order, oh well. It’s definitely worth it to plan around your baby’s nap time.
- Swings are great. Our son loves to swing. However, don’t rely too much on baby gear to hold your baby. I learned this the hard way after seeing a flat spot developing on his head 🙁 So, now I try to only put him in things that won’t add more pressure to the back of his head, like the carrier and Bumbo chair.
There’s nothing better than having a freshly cleaned house, except for your baby’s smiles, of course. One last tip: stick to whatever cleaning schedule you decide on. It’s a lot easier to clean a bathroom once a week if you actually do it once a week. The longer you let stuff slide, the harder and more time consuming it gets to clean it later. Then you’ll be in an even bigger mess (pun intended).
Once again, let me stress how important it is to minimize the clutter throughout the week, putting things away as soon as you use them. A house can feel so much messier when items are strewn about and not put in their places. And, don’t go to bed with a messy kitchen. That’s a great way to start your next day off on the wrong foot.
Now, go clean! And enjoy your Sundays relaxing in your newly cleaned house.