No matter what type of mom you are—working mom, stay-at-home mom, foster mom, mom of many or mom of just one—you are undoubtedly a busy mom. It’s tough enough to find time to take care of dinner, homework and work-work, but throw in laundry, cleaning and household projects on top of that, and you can quickly get frazzled and feel overwhelmed. It’s hard to know how to balance house cleaning with all the other necessary activities of your life.
But fear not! As professional cleaners, we talk to busy moms just like you every day, and we understand your frustrations and concerns. In addition to helping out moms by providing maid services to create breathing room in their hectic schedules, we also offer house cleaning tips for to keep you sane, your life more manageable, and your house cleaner and healthier!
1 A Place for Everything, Everything in Its Place
This is an old saying, but it’s tried and true advice. Dirt accumulates from the activities of life, but mess is created by our stuff. Whether it’s toys, shoes, books, magazines or clothes, having a place for everything that’s easy to access and keeps it out from underfoot can make your house easier to manage and keep clean. For toys, handy bins that kids can chunk their stuff in makes it convenient for them to stay organized.
A busy mom knows… Hampers in every room keep dirty clothes off the floor. Storage bins for craft items and projects keep your tabletops clean. Baskets for makeup and toiletries make it easy to keep countertops clean. Getting organized makes it drastically simpler to keep your house clean and to get your stuff off floors and counters before your maid comes to do the heavy cleaning for you.
2 When In Doubt, Toss It Out!
In addition to having storage bins to stick your stuff in, be particular about which stuff you stick in them. A good rule of thumb is if you go a year without using something, you don’t need it (photo albums and family heirlooms are the exception). Clothes that don’t fit should go. Items in disrepair that you keep meaning to fix should be binned, as well. What’s in good shape can be donated for a tax break.
Projects you know you’ll never complete should be relinquished. Toss stacks of magazines, newspapers and anything that might get you nominated for an episode of hoarders should also be cleaned out of your home. Once you’re free of the stuff you don’t need, you’ll feel lighter because you have less to deal with. This will also make your home so much easier to keep tidy.
3 Simplify and Streamline
If you have appliances in your house that take up a lot of counter space, only do one thing and are used rarely – like the juicer you always mean to use – consider giving it away or donating it. You feel guilty because you’re not using it, so it takes up mental space as well as counter space. Rethink anything in your life that makes it more complicated. A simpler life is a happier life.
Owning tons of clothes make it more difficult to decide what to wear every day. Too many options complicate life. Go through room by room and see what you own that takes up space in your life without making it better. Do the same for your children – stuff for the sake of stuff doesn’t make your life richer, just more cluttered. Streamlining will help you keep your act together and make the most of your time.
4 Know What Needs to Be Done Now and What Can Wait (Be a Less Busy Mom!)
A busy mom can find herself moving from one urgent task to another without time to stop and think. Lost homework, dirty uniforms on game day, and projects forgotten until the night before are all enough to make you crazy. These are things that demand instant attention. As are spilled milk, broken dishes or an accidental “present” left by your dog.
But other things can wait if you take a moment to stop and prioritize. Wipe up the doggy puddle but leave a full-scale mopping for your cleaning service. If you notice a ring around the tub or toothpaste in the sink, there’s no need to break out the scouring pad if your maid is due soon. Leave the deep cleaning and sanitizing to the pros, and you can stick to what absolutely can’t wait and must be done by you.
We invite every busy mom to contact Maids by Trade today for a free in-home consultation on how we can help de-stress your life. We always use certified green supplies to protect your family’s health, are bonded, insured and offer an absolute 100% satisfaction guarantee.
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