We have been sharing lots of Frugal Cleaning Tips and Eco-Friendly Cleaning Tips, but sometimes life is incredible busy and you don't have time to figure out how to make frugal, eco-friendly homemade cleaners. There are time when you may find it worth it to spend money on cleaning products that save you time instead of money. When you are going through a hectic phase in your life, a messy house just adds to the stress, so my friend Katie Hale is sharing tips to help conquer daily chores without stress.
At some point we all have to confess to looking at our kitchen sink, baseboards or ceiling fans and saying “I'll get to that tomorrow”, because we are simply overwhelmed with the daily tasks of running our household. For most of us a spotless home is not top on our priority list but a clean and functional house is definitely in the top 5. Conquering Daily Chores Without Stress can be a tough accomplishment for working moms, work at home moms and stay at home moms alike. No matter what your current situation, you likely can understand the exhaustion and stress that comes with simply running a household and keeping chores done on a daily basis. We want to help you accomplish keeping your house in order without the stress this year and here are a few tips on how to make that happen.
Conquering Daily Chores Without Stress
- MAKE A CLEANING SCHEDULE: One of the biggest helps for any mom is to make a simple cleaning schedule. This is particularly handy for those larger less frequent chores like cleaning ceiling fans, wiping down baseboards, shampooing carpets and dusting. It also helps with things that you can involve your kids in helping to maintain. Here are tips for making a cleaning schedule that works for your family.
- INVOLVE THE ENTIRE FAMILY: Not just for Mom & Dad but kids as well. Create basic chore charts for every family member to get involved and take responsibility. Kids can easily tidy their rooms, make beds, wipe down counters and sort laundry. Here is a list of chores that kids can do by age.
- PURGE CLUTTER WEEKLY. One day a week go through the main rooms of the house and dump all clutter (mail, books, toys, etc.) into a tub for the family to go through and put in appropriate locations. If they don't put their things away, throw them away or donate them. A few weeks of losing toys or favorite books will quickly lead to a much tidier house. Here are more tips for keeping your home clutter-free.
- USE PAPER PLATES. Okay, this one is super lazy but it is also a great way to help with one of the daily chores in your home. I don't recommend going styrofoam but definitely pick up a package of simple paper plates to have on had for those quick sandwich and chips or burgers nights with the kids. It doesn't have to be an every day occurrence but it can help you with the stress of washing dishes. Add your paper plates to the recycling bin to reduce your guilt.
- INVEST IN QUALITY CLEANSERS. One thing I have noticed in our bathrooms is using products that help prevent mildew or soap scum truly does go a long way toward me spending less time cleaning. I also recommend using the simple bleach tablets that drop in the back of your toilets tank to help keep the bowl clean and sanitized for longer periods of time.
- TAKE OFF SHOES AT THE DOOR. This custom in the Japanese culture is one that is shared by many families. If your home is carpeted make a rule that everyone must take their shoes off at the door. This can cut back on vacuuming, sweeping and mopping drastically. Especially if you have kids who are in and out all the time.
- DON'T STRESS THE LITTLE STUFF. While having perfectly cleaned ceiling fans and polished banisters may make you feel like Martha Stewart for a moment, the stress of constantly tending the little things can ruin a great night in with your family. Push those chores to a once a month rotation and instead hit the main areas daily and weekly.
The biggest part of conquering daily chores without stress is to maintain a routine and realize that you don't have to do everything to have a clean home. Picking up each day, having a schedule for the bigger daily and weekly chores and involving your entire family will go a long way toward making this a no stress issue in your home.
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Katie is the owner of You Brew My Tea. A place where love and the mysteries of life meet a frugal mom with a big opinion about everything!