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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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Lacey Pappas

Mother of 2 silly boys and a new baby girl. Happily married. Love to laugh, inspire others, take pretty photos, and curl up with a good book.

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5 thoughts on “Tips For Keeping The House Clean When You Have A Baby

Anonymous

I was just reading your comment and I actually do the same thing I have 2 kids 7 and 11 and I usually work 10 minutes and use it take a ten minute break at some times I’ve been break it down and watch TV for 5 minutes and take a break for 5 minutes and sometimes all used what we called the basket trick where I pick up everything in the basket and put everything away by dumping it on the floor separating it and then put it where it goes.

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Lacey Pappas

Love that idea Jane! Though, I’d need a 20-30 minute break! 😉

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Jane

I am still trying to figure out a system for our house with a toddler and a baby, but so far I’ve found that baby wearing helps a TON! Then, at night when the kids are in bed, when I generally lack motivation to do anything (totally the truth!) I set my alarm for 10 minutes and rest/relax/watch TV/whatever, then when the alarm goes off, I clean/organize/start laundry for another 10-15 minutes, then take a break again. The alarm keeps me honest and doesn’t let me slack, but the regular breaks help immensely, especially after a crazy day… Which is every day!

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Lacey Pappas

Love the basket strategy idea! Thank you!

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Angela Silva

I’m not very good at maintenance – I tend to let things get out of hand and then feel overwhelmed. So rather than make a huge list of what needs to get done, I just put “clean for 30 (or 45, or 60) minutes” on my to-do list and I set a timer. When the time is up, I stop and that’s it. If I do 30 minutes a day I can usually keep up and prevent things from getting out of hand.

I also have a basket strategy – when toys and books are just cluttering the living room or other rooms (because let’s be honest, my daughter cannot possibly be expected to play in her huge bedroom where she has plenty of space, ugh), I just get a laundry basket and tell her to put everything in the basket then I just dump it in her room and make her put it away. Throwing things in baskets to de-clutter is a great way to start when I’m overwhelmed and don’t know where to start.