There are two ways you can make sure your house won’t stay clean for very long: kids and pets. When you have both, your house probably looks like a tornado went through it as soon as you finish polishing your last window. There are some ways to keep your house clean despite your kids and pets. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Start by creating a routine of 20 minutes or less that you dedicate each day to cleaning up a little. Whether it’s right when you wake up, during lunch, or after the kids and pets are sleeping, a small chunk each day dedicated to cleaning will help you stay on top of the mess. You’ll prevent it from consuming the house until the weekend when you might have to spend your whole day cleaning up everything. Do a quick round through the kitchen, the living room, the playroom, and bathrooms to clear clutter and clean any troublesome messes like toothpaste or juice spills.
As soon as your children are old enough, start teaching them about putting everything back in its place when they’re done using it. Of course, you’ll spend a couple of years cleaning up after your child, but you can start training them to help you keep the house clean from a very young age.
One of the biggest messes that come with pets is hair. To cut a number of hair tumbleweeds around your house thanks to your four-legged family members, keep up with grooming. A daily brushing session of about ten minutes will do wonders with containing your pet’s hair and dander and can help reduce how much you need to vacuüm. Even if you don’t do it daily, developing a regular brushing schedule will make a big difference. Also, make a strict (or strict as possible) policy of keeping the animals off your furniture to keep the mess to the floor. If all the hair is on the floor, it will take much less time to vacuüm up quickly a couple of times a week or even daily.
A great option if you can afford it is to hire a maid service. You can determine how much they help you and how much you’ll need to take care of yourself. Their services will range from a variety of levels from a monthly deep cleaning to doing it all once a week. Depending on your budget, you might be able to find a package that works for you and doesn’t break your bank accounts if you’re willing to do some of the cleaning yourself.
A recommendation by many moms is to keep one room in your house as a special place where no kids and no pets are allowed–or allowed only with your permission. Many moms choose their bedroom but you could even use your personal bathroom or office. Keeping a space sacred for you will give you, at least, one room in your house that will stay clean and give you a place to escape and relax when needed.
With a busy schedule and happy family, it’s easy to let cleaning take a backseat. If you’re not careful though messes can take over before you know it. Use some of these tips to help you keep your house cleaner.