Keeping your house clean while working full time can definitely be challenging. But there are a few small habits that we can adapt to help us keep our house clean and organized.
Right now the times can simply be called crazy. I found myself as a full time working mom trying to juggle work, helping my son with e-learning, and keeping my daughter preoccupied all at the same time. Oh… and we can’t go anywhere besides a walk outside. Which means, we are stuck at home all day. And that translates into a lot of opportunities to make messes 🙂 So how can we stay on top of house chores? I think there are a few things that we can implement, to help us keep your homes clean or at least cleanish 😉
Habit #1: Empty the Dishwasher
One of the very first things you should do each morning (or even the night before) is emptying the dishwasher. Putting all the clean dishes away is a great way to start your morning cleaning routine. Starting your day with a clean slate when it comes to dishes sets the tone for the rest of the day. You are more likely to wash the dishes in the sink right after you are done eating because your dishwasher is empty.
If the dishwasher was full of clean dishes, that would mean that in order to clean your plate, you would have to empty it first. And once you start your day, that is harder to do. So what will likely happen instead? You and your family will keep piling the dishes in the sink. And at the end of the day you will end up with a sink full of dirty dishes and a dishwasher full of clean ones.
Habit #2: Laundry
On your laundry days, make sure you start your laundry first thing in the morning. If you are like me, a mom who works from home (which a lot of us are doing right now!), you can switch from washer to dryer throughout the day. And by the time your work day is done, all your laundry is done and you just have to put it away.
If you are working outside of your house, set up a delayed cycle. That way your laundry is washed and ready for the dryer as soon as you get home.
Habit #3 Have a Daily Cleaning Routine
Keeping your house clean while working full time will not be possible without a good daily cleaning routine. For me, that involves having a good evening routine. I spend a few minutes cleaning up the kitchen and the main living space after dinner. Next, I also spend some time doing my daily cleaning for that particular day. I have a daily cleaning routine video on my YouTube channel. Check it out to see what I do each week day to stay on top of cleaning.
Create a cleaning routine that works for you and your family. That way you won’t have to think about what you should clean and when. It will become automatic to you and you will do it much quicker.
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Habit #4: Have a Designated School Work Area
Whether that is a e-learning area during this Quarantine situation or a homework area during ‘normal days’, each child should have their designated school area. The idea here is that we want to contain their school things to one area of your house. That way their stuff does not spill to the entire house. It just makes it so much easier to clean up afterwards.
Habit #5 Have a Designated Work Area
And the same thing goes to your work area. If you don’t have a designated office, then choose another area in your house as your workstation. I’m lucky to have an office, which makes it really easy to contain my paperwork in one area. And it also let’s the kids know that when you’re in the work space, you are working and they should minimize any distractions. It works great with my 7 year old. My 4 year old is still learning this concept 🙂
Habit # 6 Teach Kids to Put the Dishes Away after Meals
The next habit to keeping your house clean while working full time is to teach your kids to put their dishes away. For many of us, our kids are now home all the time. And that means that we eat all the meals at home. This is a great time to start teaching your kids to put the dirty dishes away in the sink once they are done eating. Plastic plates are your best friends here. This holds very true for my 4 year old – she usually just drops them into the sink (she cannot reach to put them down gently) so they have to be plastic for them not to break. Even if you don’t have time to wash them right way, at least they are in the sink and not creating clutter on the dining room table or kitchen island.
Habit # 7 Contain the Messes to One Area
If your kids are like mine and like to do crafts, build Lego, or make art projects – teach them to contain their messes to one area. For example, in our house, arts and crafts are done at the dining room table. At this time my kids know that if they want to draw, they should bring their art supplies there. And in order to eat their meals or snacks, they have to clean it up 😉
Habit #8 Spot Cleaning Kids’ Messes
The next habit to keeping your house clean while working full time is to spot clean kids’ messes. In general, I don’t clean any toys throughout the day. I find it pointless because they will bring them out a few minutes later. But what I am trying to stay on top of is cleaning any spills and messes that could leave stains. For example, when my daughter is done painting, I will take a few minutes to clean up the paint and wipe down the table. It is so much easier to clean it off when it is still fresh then to scrub it once it dries off. The rest of the messes can be clean at the end of the day with your kids.
Habit #9 Tidy Up at the End of the Work/School Day
Another habit that you should implement to keep your house clean is tidying up. Take about 10 to 15 minutes tidying up after your work day and kid’s school day is done. This is where you would spend a few minutes quickly tidying up the work and school spaces, Also, take a few minutes to clean any dishes in the sink that may have accumulated throughout the day.
Habit #10 Clean as you Cook
This is probably a tip you have heard before, but cleaning as you cook is a great way to keep your house clean. Basically, it involves cleaning any messes you have made while cooking: washing the dishes and wiping down the counters.This small habit makes such a huge difference with the amount of clean up you have to do after you eat.
Habit #11 Give your Kids Chores
One of the best things you can to to keep your house clean while working full time is to start involving your family in household work. We have recently started giving our kids chores. And I cannot believe that it took so long! It is so helpful! For example, one of the chores our kids have it so put their laundry away. For those of you who don’t know, putting laundry away is one of my least favorite things to do – and now I only have to put my clothes away 🙂 So that is my tip for you. Get your kids involved with household works.
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Habit #12 Put Groceries Away
Another important tip for keeping your house clean while working full time it to take a few minutes to put groceries away as soon as you bring them home. I don’t know about you, but I have learned that if I don’t do it right away, I tend to procrastinate for a few days! I would of course put away anything that needs to be refrigerated right away, but the pantry items would linger for a long time. If you put them away as soon as you bring them home you will avoid creating unnecessary clutter and keep your space clean.
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Which habit have you already established that make the biggest impact on keeping your house clean? Let me know in the comments!