Hello and happy Thursday friends! Today I wanted to share with y’all some of my mom hacks for keeping a tidy home. Everyone want to have a picture perfect house for all of their holiday decor! (Hello Instagram photos!) That along with guests and family coming over for parties, gatherings, celebrations and other events, you want to keep your home in tip top shape.
I’m not going to claim that my home is perfect in any way. Friendly reminder that I have a four year old daughter and 15 month old son! Oh and that son is currently in seek and destroy mode about 95% of the day. There is so much stuff around our house that always seems to make its way into our kitchen and living room aka where we spend most of our time.
Instead of telling you an awesome weekly cleaning schedule or sharing how to start your spring cleaning now, I’m going to share with y’all 4 simple tasks that my husband and I do every evening to help keep our home feeling tidy and put together for the next morning!
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Mom hacks for a tidy home.
1. Clean all dishes in the sink.
Don’t stress yourself out about constantly doing the dishes as soon as one is dirty. Just make sure that before you go to bed, all the dishes are either washed and put away or in the dishwasher. This saves you a headache of trouble come morning when you have a million things on your to do list.
I’ll also admit that I don’t really do the dishes in my house. My husband is a rockstar and heard on the radio (years ago) that in happy marriages, the men do the dishes. Since then he’s been our dish guy. I cook and he cleans up. If you can convince your husband to do this, I highly recommend it. Teamwork makes the dream work and it really does make everything come together faster.
2. Pick up the kids toys only once or twice a day.
I have given up on cleaning toys up all day! It gets exhausting with my tornado toddler who is sure to grab exactly what I put up. If a huge mess is created downstairs in our main living area, I’ll clean it up right away. Otherwise, just wait until after they go to bed and put them all away at once. You can also pick up during nap/quiet time and when they go to bed for the night if the mess is getting too big or it gives you anxiety. Constantly cleaning up after them all day is going to wear you out and frustrate them.
Moral of the story, let them play and don’t pick up because they’re likely to get everything out again.
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3. Clear off the counters.
This is a big one for me. Crisp, clean, uncluttered counters are dream worthy. Am I right? Unfortunately, that’s not really the life I live. Things are constantly being placed on my counters toys, mail, art work, cups…so many cups, and more. (Please tell me I’m not the only one with so many cups each day?)
Obviously the cups get pushed to the sink to be cleaned, but everything else needs to go back to its home. Art supplies in the cabinet, toys in the bin or back upstairs, books on the shelf, mail read and stored or tossed, trash in the garbage can, etc. If something doesn’t have a home, I usually wonder why I have it in the first place and it ends up getting trashed. I’m all for getting rid of the clutter!
Once my counters are cleared, I feel like a new woman! P.S. This usually only takes a couple of minutes!
4. Quick vacuum around kitchen and living area.
This one is simple and easy. If you have a robot vacuum, which I highly recommend getting (we have the Bobsweep that is currently on Groupon for only $174.99!), just run it during the day when you’re out of the house. If you don’t, I recommend just doing a quick once over in the kitchen and living room to pick up unwanted mess from dinner and the day. That way you’ll start with cleaner floors in the morning!
With two kids and two dogs at home, I run our BOB during the day and still vacuum up quickly after dinner. So much dog hair and food crumbs all over the place!
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It takes 10 minutes.
It may seem like a lot, but I can assure you that it takes me about 10 minutes to get these mom hacks for a tidy home done. I usually do it after Brody goes to bed while Chloe is starting to wind down. Like I said, JP jumps in and helps with the dishes and putting away toys, and I usually do counters and floors. Even when I don’t have his help, it takes 10-15 minutes and I wake up with a tidy home.
I’m not claiming to have the cleanest home, but a tidy home is important to me. I don’t want it to look like a tornado came through every day! Plus when I get these 4 things done before bed, I feel accomplished and like I can relax for the rest of the evening!