I don’t know about you, but I spend most of spring planting running around seed and food. Because we run out the door every few hours, drag more dirt in the house, make a meal and head out again, the home tends to explode in no time at all. By the time we get in for the night and the kids are in bed, cleaning isn’t my top priority. I’m not super woman and won’t ever try to be. BUT I have found a few things that (if I do consistently…) help tremendously!
I have always thrived off routine. Unfortunately I married into a family that doesn’t even know what that is. I don’t have the luxury of having a laundry day or a specific cleaning schedule because, especially during this time of year, everyday is different. Here are a few things that have helped me:
1. Get a Robotic Vacuum
First off, a robotic vacuum has changed my life. I highly suggest doing whatever you have to do to make this happen. I can do two things at once or program it to vacuum at night. The floor quickly becomes one less thing to worry about! If you have small children, it also makes cleaning up after meals much easier. We use our Bobsweep everyday anymore.
2. Do Small Loads of Laundry and Dishes
I used to hate doing small loads. I felt like it was such a waste of water. Now, sometimes running a small load is about the only thing I can do to stay on top of house work. It has helped me create a bit of a routine and helps cleanup go faster.
3. Send Meals to the Field in Disposable Containers that I Never Have to See Again!
I HIGHLY suggest this one. We use cottage cheese containers, cool whip containers, plastic silverware, you get the idea! It doesn’t matter who ends up bringing the remains home, if it’s me, my husband or in-laws, it all goes strait to the dumpster and the cooler gets reused tomorrow. Done!
4. Use the Spray Down Method in Your Shower
Did you know that all you have to do to keep a shower clean is wet, spray it down with a good shower cleaner, walk away and come back in 5 minuets to rinse. Of course you have to stay on top of it and times when we are bringing more dirt into the house I do scrub a little, but this has made life sooooo much easier; even with hard water. Thanks to YouTube, I leaned this a few months ago and our shower has never been the same. For quick scrubbing and touch ups, get a dish scrubber that holds the cleaning solution in the handle and mix half Dawn Dish Soap, half vinegar. Works like a magic wand!
5. Keep Bathroom Clean with Disinfecting Wipes
I am so much more prone to keep up with my bathroom cleaning when all I have to do is a quick wipe and throw away. I hate getting out a cleaning bucket, wiping everything down, rinsing out the bucket and sponge… you get the idea. Wipe and toss. It’s as easy as that!
6. Create a Shoes Off Policy in Your Home
Of course this doesn’t always happen in our home but does make a big difference when we actually follow it.
7. If It’s Not Too Hot, Dress in Layers
When I know I will be doing a dirty job, I tend to wear spandex or leggings under my jeans. It makes it easier to come home and take my jeans off right away. This is also great for seasons, such as spring planting, when I will continually be running in and out of the house.
8. Speed Clean Your House Daily
Set aside 5 or 10 minuets a day, or twice a day, to speed clean. Speed cleaning is getting as much done as possible in a short amount of time. It is not a “good clean” but more of getting clutter off the counter tops, sweeping real fast, stuff that is quick and will help improve the appearance of your home. Set a timer and get busy!
9. Set Aside Designated Area for Dirty Clothes and Work Shoes
We keep our work coats and dirty boots in our basement. Last year we started storing coolers and drinks downstairs so we didn’t have to come in the house for refills. I was surprised what a difference it made.
10. Keep Grab and Go Items Near Door for Quick Access
Once we learned what a difference keeping items in the basement made, we moved more “grab and go” stuff down there. This keeps us out of the house. Our snacks or anything else we might need are handy and anyone can help themselves.
Of course none of this is down to a science. We still change things up every few years as we transition through different stages of life. Having a set system will be easier when our kids get older but for now these tips have made a huge difference in reducing my stress during spring planting and other busy seasons.