Tips For Keeping The House Clean When You Have A Baby
July 9, 2015
Lately I feel like I have been running around like a chicken with its head cut off. Once my 3-month old has been changed, fed, talked to, played on her play-mat, practiced tummy time, and had her brothers talk to her, it is time for a nap. During that 45-60 minutes of her taking a nap, I feel like I am running around trying to do as many things as I possibly can while she is sleeping. But, as you can imagine, there are toys left all over the floor, dirty dishes in the sink, a load of laundry ready to be changed, garbages to be taken out… I really could go on and on. My husband has been working later nights too, so although I have been trying to do it all, I just cannot.
And because of that, I have realized that there are certain things I need to let go of, one of which: I will not always have a clean house.
But, here are things that have helped me through the day to maintain somewhat of a clean home:
– Have an empty dishwasher at the start of the day to load dishes throughout the day.
– Do at least one load of laundry a day. Fold laundry while baby is on the playmat, so you can talk with her at the same time.
– If the kids want to play with toys, make sure the toys they previously were playing with are cleaned up first before other toys are put out.
– Popsicles! Seriously. Let the older kids have a popsicle outside, so you can clean off the counters or wipe down the dining table.
– Use the vacuum when you have a quick 5 minutes. Even just a once-over on one area of your home will make things feel that much better.
– Save mopping for evenings when the older kids are asleep.
– Bleach wipes. I love bleach wipes for a quick and easy wash down for bathroom counters and toilets.
– If you’re able to multitask, do it. For example, while my daughter is laying in her crib looking at her mobile, it is a good opportunity to clean her room while keeping an eye on her at the same time.
But, we REALLY want to know: what helps you maintain a clean home?
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