You’ve heard it all and read enough articles to know that somehow, you can do it all. That you can be the perfect mom for your children, the best employee, and a partner who’s always there for their partner. But is it really possible? Can you do all these, and be able to keep your home spotless and beautiful at all times?
Well, the truth is that you might be able to do most of it, and your house won’t be perfect at all times. Being a mom is the most difficult juggling act. By now, you’ve searched for and read all articles on how to achieve work-life balance, as we all have. The truth, however, is that it is easier said than done.
In this article, we’ll share some tips on how to keep your home beautiful, most of the time (let’s be realistic here – no home is spotless 100% of the time). And if all else fails you can always find a housekeeper.
The One-Touch Rule
If you master this rule, then you will have taken a huge leap towards an organized home.
The one-touch rule implies that once you’ve touched or used something, you must put it away, or rather, put it back where it belongs. If you are not used to putting things back, this will be a difficult rule to follow through, but once you start practicing it, you’ll be surprised at how easy it will be for the rule to stick.
To ensure that this rule works for your home, you need to encourage everyone else in your household, as long as they are old enough, to always put away stuff when they are no longer using them. Start with jackets, bags, backpacks, snack jars, and plates.
Get Easily Accessible Cleaning Supplies
You can make cleaning much easier by ensuring quick access to the cleaning supplies. So, have more than a single cleaning station, especially in the bathrooms. For example, wouldn’t your bathroom sink and the mirrors remain clean at all times if you had a cleaning basket close by or if you had the mirror cleaner and a microfiber cloth under or beside the sink? The good news is that you don’t have to invest in expensive cleaning supplies.
You can start with a simple caddy to hold a soft scrub, a rag, toilet brush, as well as Clorox wipes. Access to these items ensures that you don’t postpone cleaning. A portable vacuum cleaner is also a good investment since it allows you to clean messes in different rooms immediately you make the mess.
Wouldn’t it be awesome to have an automatic vacuum cleaner that will vacuum the floors as you do something else in another room? Timed vacuums, carpet extractors, washing machine/dryer, and dishwashers are a great start.
Do Laundry Daily
No one likes doing laundry, but doing it daily means that you never have to stress over dirty laundry or a huge mountain of unfolded laundry. The best part is that you can do laundry along with something else like meal prep.
To thrive as a working mom, you must ask for help from your loved ones. For example, your kids could help put away their toys. Your husband could also help with dishes and laundry.
As your kids grow, create a chore chart, keeping in mind their age, capabilities, and the kid-friendliness of the chore.
You must delegate. You cannot do everything on your own unless you wish to get burnt out and sick. No one can handle everything. Get a babysitter and share chores. Find ways of getting everyone involved, including setting deadlines for tasks. And never be afraid to ask for help.
Finally, binge clean as often as necessary. Despite all the advice above, your home will be messier some times more than others. When that happens, you might want to get your headphones (if the kids are asleep), put on some head-banging, good feel music, and start cleaning. You’ll be surprised by the amount of cleaning you will complete in two hours, or less.