Housekeeping Tips for Busy Pregnant Moms
Let’s be honest, cleaning your house isn’t the most fun thing to do, ever. Not even when you have all the time in the world. So cleaning is definitely not going to be that fun when you’re a busy, pregnant mom. But clean we must? Here are six housekeeping tips for busy pregnant moms that are sure to get the ball rolling. (Or the dust rag dusting, as it were.)
1. Be realistic
You live a busy a life, and it’s unrealistic to expect that your home is going to be a spotless, magazine-ready-looking place all the time. There’s probably going to be clutter because kids require a lot of extra stuff. And you don’t have enough hours in the day to spend wiping down your floors by hand. So give yourself a break, and be okay with “clean enough.”
2. Enlist help
If you have a partner and kids at home, divide up the housework. It’s not just your job to ensure the house is clean; it’s a communal effort. Whether you make specific assignments or take the cleaning as it comes, working together will help bond you as a family, and also engender a sense of appreciation for the work that needs to be done.
3. Task cleaning > zone cleaning
Rather than attacking the cleaning by zone/area, consider dividing it up by task instead. As in, do all of the dusting in your house at one time. Or all of the vacuuming. That way you can decide what to do based on the time you have, and not feel disappointed if you can’t get an entire area done at once.
4. Assign specific tasks to specific days of the week
This is another great way to manage cleaning in a way that is conducive to your schedule. Assign dusting one day, vacuuming another, etc. You can also do this with laundry. Assign one day to be sheet day, one day for whites or colors, one day for towels, etc. That way you can plan around your busier days and still be able to accomplish a household cleaning goal.
5. Keep cleaning essentials handy
To avoid spreading germs, your kitchen and bathrooms should be the cleanest places in your home. In these areas, keep a container of sanitizing wipes accessible, so that you can clean as you go. This will save you lots of time if you don’t have the bandwidth to “deep clean” these areas all at once. Plus, it helps keep germs at bay.
6. Make it fun
Do you have a favorite album or podcast? Listen while you clean. Or make housework more of a workout and try to add in a few exercises that will get your heart rate up. Or, promise yourself a treat if you get the cleaning accomplished. (Because you’re an adult and can incentivize yourself if you want to!) Get your kids involved and make it a game. Do whatever you can to make it fun, and the sense of drudgery will hopefully subside.
What are some of your tried-and-true housekeeping tips?
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