It’s hard to imagine my life without two rambunctious little girls bouncing around my living room, hiding in my bed or following me into the bathroom. Since I stay at home with them, it’s up to me to make sure that all the cooking and cleaning gets done during the day.
I’ve read blog posts from frazzled mothers who struggle to “get it all done”. I’m lucky, since I only have two children and we live in a very small place, but even with less to clean than other people, I still have to do it with giggling toddlers hanging onto my legs.
Since the girls have a basic routine throughout the day, I simply fit my cleaning in around meals, naps, crafts and playtime. They like to go with me in whatever room I’m cleaning/ working in, but they are pretty good about staying out of the way!
Here is my hour-a-day way to keep our home clean:
When the girls get up in the morning, they play quietly in their room or my room while I make the beds. They pick out clothes while I put away Harper’s clean diaper laundry. Ariana picks out a puzzle or a book for the two of them while I make breakfast. After they eat, I clean the dishes, the kitchen counters and stove top (if needed) while the girls help me by wiping down their table and chairs.
When the dishes are done, the girls sit on the couch while I vacuum the living room. They sit on their beds (or mine) while I vacuum the bedrooms.
Without fail, Harper asks to use the potty mid-morning every day. While she sits, I wipe the sink, counter and mirror. When she’s done, I wipe the bathroom floor if it needs it.
Before every meal, nap and bedtime, the girls clean up all of their toys that are out. Since we don’t have a lot of extra space, it helps to keep everything organized as well as not having toys underfoot all day.
How do you keep up with cleaning?