Maintaining a steady and consistent cleaning routine can sometimes be difficult for a stay-at-home mom who is always on the go. Taking care of things like doctor's appointments, soccer practices, grocery shopping, and other daily routines are necessary. That makes it hard to keep up to date with a strict cleaning schedule.
It’s important for moms to prioritize their tasks. It helps to develop a schedule that works for them while remaining as efficient as possible. A stay-at-home mom cleaning schedule should follow a simple process that is succinct, efficient, and quick. There should be no room for distractions in this cleaning schedule.
Studies say that maintaining a clean house is good for a person’s mental and physical health. This makes for a strong argument for maintaining a good cleaning schedule, even for the busiest of moms. Our list of basic tips will help get you started.
The perfect stay-at-home mom cleaning schedule prioritizes what needs to be done in a cleaning routine. Whether it be doing laundry, keeping the living room tidy, or unloading the dishwasher, there are certain things that each mom will prioritize as a part of her cleaning routine at home.Of course, every mom has different priorities. This makes every stay-at-home mom’s cleaning routine a little different. Prioritizing will ensure the most important duties are done. This will also make creating the schedule (and following it) much easier.
A tiny amount of clutter can make even the tidiest of houses look messy. When rooms are decluttered, they instantly look cleaner. One of the best tips a mom can follow and add to her cleaning routine is to declutter and eliminate or throw away any unnecessary items.
This includes throwing unused items out, putting things into storage, and donating anything that is not needed. This is a great way to free up space and reduce or eliminate clutter.
Stay-at-home moms are always on the go. Writing a long list of tasks might not be a great idea. Instead, moms should focus on writing short to-do lists with three or four tasks.
These can help them stay organized throughout the day. That way, moms won’t be overwhelmed with the idea they have to complete countless tasks on a list by the end of the day.
Studies show people perform more efficiently when writing down a list of things to do. By writing down the three most important tasks or breaking big tasks down into mini-tasks, completing them will be much easier.
The morning is likely a hectic time for moms. From waking up to preparing breakfast to getting the kids up and sending them off to school, the morning can be quite chaotic.
The best way to get started on a cleaning schedule is preparing a to-do list. Moms should prepare a list in the evenings and look over it when they wake up. If there is time (even ten minutes will suffice) to finish one small task before waking the kids up, do it. This will increase productivity during the day and get the day started on the right foot.
The afternoon should be the part of the day where most of the work and cleaning gets done. It’s also a great time to start making dinner preparations, as things can get hectic when the kids get home from school.
Refer to the short to-do list created the night before. Run through what needs to be done during the day. If it’s a large task, separate the tasks into subtasks so they can get done more efficiently and quickly.
A good cleaning tip to remember is to clean from top to down in a room. If cleaning a bedroom, start by cleaning the ceiling fan. Work your way down to the carpet or hardwood flooring, brooming and dusting any left over debris first and ending by cleaning the floor with a vacuum.
After picking up the kids, preparing dinner, and doing all the necessary evening chores, do last minute touch ups. These include cleaning up after dinner, tidying up the yard or living room, finishing the last load of laundry, etc. Once this is done, prepare the to-do list for the next day.
Keeping things simple is often the best way to handle schedules and tasks. Regardless of how busy a mom’s schedule may be, keeping a simple list and sticking to the list will make often overwhelming and hectic tasks seem much easier to accomplish.
Of course, cleaning schedules will vary and differ depending on a mom's schedule and the day of the week. With the right idea of how to organize accompanied with the right mindset, a mom can stick to a cleaning schedule which works for both her and her family.
Allen Michael is the Founder and Editor of Home Viable, a website that he started to provide readers with tips on home efficiency and automation. He draws on his engineering background combined with his family-of-four experiences for his articles.