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Any mom will tell you that life with a toddler is MESSY. Add in our 105 pound German Shepard and you can imagine we do quite a bit of cleaning around here. Allie pulls toys off shelves, throws her food on the floor at meal times, spills her milk…multiple times, gets into the dog’s food bowl, etc. And then, of course, we have our dog, Jack who is constantly tracking in dirt and mud from outside which gets all over the floors and furniture. Not to mention he’s also a horribly messy eater as well. Having a spotless home is near impossible when you have a family!
After a lot of trial and error, we’ve come up with some cleaning guidelines that we try to stick with as often as possible. These allow us to always stay on top of the mess in our home so no one is feeling stressed and having to do a full cleaning day to catch up. While our home certainly isn’t spotless, it’s clean and presentable so that’s a huge win! So let’s talk about how to get your home real clean, real quick!
Clean As You Go
We’re big on picking up as we go in our home. For example, dishes go directly in the dishwasher when we’re done as opposed to in the sink. We clean up after meals and put things away when we’re done using them. It’s just so much easier to do those things as we go as opposed to leaving it all to build up. When it builds up, we then have to spend an hour or longer getting the whole house cleaned up and no mama has the time to do that (especially if you also work full-time!).
Get The Kids Involved
Allie is only 15 months so she doesn’t necessarily have chores or anything like that yet, obviously. But we do promote cleaning in our home. When she’s done playing with something and we tell her to put it away, she knows exactly where it goes. She has no problem putting toys back in her toy basket or movies back on the shelf. And that’s super helpful!! Once she’s a bit older, she’ll have actual “chores” and tasks she can do around the house, but for now, this works super well for us.
Take The Shoes Off
Super simple one, but also important if you have young children. Allie eats off the floor. She’s 15 months. They all do that. So we try to take our shoes off every time we come home to help to minimize the amount of dirt that’s being tracked in from outside.
Have a Designated Play Space
Currently, our only spare rooms are upstairs and Allie is a bit small to be going up and down the stairs to play on her own during the day. So for now, toys are in the living room. But having a designated play space (especially with older children) can be super helpful in keeping the mess confined to one area. We try to keep toys in the living room. Everything is kept in a basket on one side of the room so it’s easy for us to separate the play area from the living space. But I definitely look forward to when Allie is a bit older and we can give her her own playroom.
Know That You Are Not Solely Responsible For Your Home
This is a BIG one. I see so many stay-at-home moms who think it’s their “job” to keep the house clean. It isn’t. It’s the responsibility of everyone in the home to keep it clean. So if I don’t get to something one day, I’m never concerned about it. Zack will take care of it when he gets home. He’s more than capable of cleaning dishes, doing laundry, vacuuming, cleaning the floors, caring for our daughter, etc. So I never allow myself to feel responsible for our entire home. My husband is my teammate!
Create A Cleaning Schedule
We don’t necessarily have a set schedule, but there are certain tasks we do daily and then others that are done weekly or monthly. Laundry, for example, is done once a week. Sheets are done twice a month and our comforter is washed once a month. Dusting, cleaning out the fridge, bathrooms, etc are done once a week. Floors, dishes, decluttering, counters, etc. are done on the go/daily. This is what works best for us and allows us to always stay on top of the mess! So find a system that works best for you and your schedule.
Use The Best Tools
In our home, the floors take the biggest hit. Between a toddler who spills just about everything and a dog who is constantly tracking in dirt, our floors can get quite messy. And with having a toddler who eats off the floor, it’s important to keep those floors as clean as we can! That’s where the Bona Quick Clean System comes into play!
We recently picked up the Bona Quick Clean System for our floors and it’s been so incredibly helpful in keeping everything clean and mess-free. The system comes with three products:
- Bona® Premium Microfiber Mop for Hard-Surface Floors – The extra-large mop head design allows you to clean 40% faster!
- Bona® Disposable Dusting Cloths – 3D design mimics microfiber to pick up more dust and dirt, especially pet hair.
- Bona® Wet Cleaning Pads – Infused with Bona proprietary cleaning solution designed for proper hard surface floor care.
This system is perfect for busy parents who need fast results in between deep cleans. One of my favorite things about these products is that they leave behind zero residues and are specifically designed to effectively remove dust, dirt, and grime leaving your floors clean and beautiful. This system is designed to be safe and effective for use on hard surface floors and the GREENGUARD GOLD certification confirms it’s safe for use in your home and around your family! Huge win for all you parents out there!
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