Confession, I don’t love cleaning my house. I don’t like a dirty or messy home either. However, cleaning is necessary to create a comfortable space for my family. So, I have studied, learned, and strategized the best ways to clean my home.
Honestly, it’s an ongoing process; often I find new ways that work best for my household.
As a homemaker and homeschooling mom, we spend a lot of time utilizing our space. My house is never spotless. Daily, there are crumbs on the floor, toys, scattered books, etc.
I have learned to live with a tidy home versus an immaculate one.
Over the years, I’ve picked up a few tips that have kept me sane in the upkeep of my home.
Today, I am sharing 5 hacks to help you get your house in order, this Spring:
1.Decluttering– Oh yes, getting rid of the stuff you don’t need makes life so much easier! Not only that, but it also creates space and makes for a more organized home. If you are a pack rat, like I once was, take it slow one bag at a time.
Last summer, I got rid of 18 bags filled with clothes, books, and toys. I felt so liberated! Now, I look forward to getting rid of items we longer need.
2. Main Areas– Keep your most visual and high-traffic areas cleaned regularly. This will save you from stressing out from trying to clean every inch of your home in one day. If you do majority life from home, this will keep you sane!
My daily go-to areas are the living, bathrooms (especially the main floor bath that guest use), kitchen and homeschool/play room.
These rooms are all on the main floor and the most visible to anyone who comes through our front door.
3. Cleaning Schedule– A schedule will help you stay on track with cleaning the entire house, in a timely manner.
Instead of being overwhelmed with cleaning the whole house at once, create a schedule to follow each day that will break down your workload and aid you in getting your house in order.
Also, you will be able to put those other tasks on the list that you might not get done like cleaning the windows, dusting, scrubbing the walls and the baseboards.
4. Maintenance– Creating a routine ( this is where the cleaning schedule becomes handy) will help you maintain the cleanliness and organization of your home.
5. Delegate– If possible, give your family members chores. My 8, 6, 4, and 1 year old can all contribute in keeping our home clean. They can pick up toys, put their dishes in the sink, make their beds, put their clothes in the hampers, etc. Every little bit helps!
Bonus. Okay, one more thing I had to share before ending this post!
6. Clean at night. It starts the night before. Cleaning your kitchen and doing a quick pick up before going to bed will get you off to a great start the next morning.
This is one habit I am so glad I developed. Try it for yourself!
Managing our homes ultimately begins with a heart change. I know there is nothing attractive about mundane work at home, but when we change our hearts and look at it from a godly perspective, we are performing a work of service that glorifies God and blesses our families.