Cleaning house doesn't rank in my top 10 favorite things to do. Actually, I would avoid cleaning at all costs if it wasn't for the fact that people show up at my house for music lessons with my husband 4 out of the 5 week days. They are actually a wonderful motivation for this lazy cleaner!
My mother-in-law shared with me some of her greatest cleaning hacks that she uses to keep her house clean (and it is spotless), and she's agreed to let me share them with you. One disclaimer...if your bed is made and there aren't any dishes in the sink, just stop reading now. You've got it under control. Don't judge those of us who are "creative" cleaners.
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No. 1: Don't Use So Many Products
One thing that can be overwhelming to non-cleaners is attempting to use too many products! Water works 90% of the time! You don't need to deep clean and disinfect every time that you come across a spill. Save those products for times when you really need it. Water is pretty amazing.
No. 2 - Just Use Your Bare hands
As you're walking through the house and notice something that needs to be dusted, just wipe it off with your hand. You can just wash it when you're done. When you're brushing your teeth and notice the kids left traces of toothpaste in the sink, just use your hand to make those disappear. Give it a little rinse when you're done and you're good to go!
No. 3 - Finishing a Chore is Overrated
Some is better than none, and "mostly clean" is better than not clean. You can do the rest another time. It's amazing to see how doing little bits along the way can really add up. Don't wait for enough time to take a chore from start to finish, just start. If it doesn't get finished all the way, you'll still be better off than you were before!
No. 4 - Get Creative with Clean Up
Don't get angry when you find your husband's socks laying on the floor in the living room, use them to dust something on the way to the laundry. And that dusty washing machine? Wipe it down with an undershirt on the way to the laundry. Drying dishes, and have a wet washcloth? Throw it on the floor and mop up those trouble spots, then toss it in the laundry.
No. 5 - Soak Don't Rinse
Needing to rinse some dishes that are caked with food? Just soak in a sink full of water and leave it. When you come back, it should be easier to rinse. One little happy sponge makes all the difference.
Disclaimer - no children were forced to clean in the writing of this post. They did however have a great time dressing up like an exhausted mom trying to keep a house clean!
So how do you do it?
What tricks do you have up your sleeve to help keep the house clean-ish?
Betsy Strauss is an unexpected homeschooler, mother of three, who is in a relationship with a sweet man for life. She loves reading books, drinking coffee, and learning anything with her kids.