Ok, so it’s been said…you can eat off my floors. It’s true, I’m a little anal about keeping a tidy home. I like to blame my mom – the apple does not fall far from the tree! By request I am sharing my 10 secrets to keeping a tidy home. While most pregnant moms of multiples fear handling two babies at once: two feedings, two diaper changes, cuddling two crying infants etc. – my biggest concern was maintaining the cleanliness and order in our home. Thankfully I have a very supportive husband who shares the same morals and standards as myself. With four young children and two dogs, our home can easily look like a hurricane hit. I practice these top 10 secrets below to stay on top of it!
- De-clutter, de-clutter, de-clutter!
Coats, shoes, bags, chargers and groceries all have homes and should not be kept on the counter or by the front door. Every time I leave a room I look for something to take with me to put it back to where it belongs. Also, once a month I fill a bag of items for charity.
- A sparkling kitchen sink
3 minutes, some baking soda and a good wipe down, followed by a polish with vinegar will make your kitchen sink shine. Keeping it dry and dish free will make it sparkle and that alone will make you feel like you have an immaculate home. (I also keep the dish soap stored under the sink)
- Focus on 3 trigger points
Judging by my 1st & 2nd secrets, it’s no surprise mine are: kitchen counters & sink, bathroom sinks & no toys left out. Note your trigger points and tackle them to keep you and your home feeling good.
- Form habits
We make our beds each morning and never leave the house with dishes in the sink. The kids are expected to clean up their toys regularly and they know if they don’t then the dogs will!
- Tackle it with team work
We encourage our kids to help out around the house and tidy up after themselves. They love lending a hand and are happy to be involved. Even young children can complete daily tasks: clearing the table, putting toys away, making their bed, sorting laundry etc. If everyone pulls their weight and lives with the same standards, you will achieve the same results.
Develop a system that works for you and stick to it. If you find you’re drowning in laundry, maybe it’s time to switch it up – trial and error. Personally, I have a laundry day scheduled and prefer to do my loads back to back.
likelove to rearrange the furniture. I realize this secret might not be for everyone but this contributes to the cleanliness of my home. It allows me to mop and dust corners that otherwise don’t ever see daylight and keeps things looking and feeling fresh!
- Designate a system for mail
Mail can pile up quickly so it’s good to have a home for bills, flyers, invitations etc. We like to place unopened bills by the computer until we have time to pay them. Since they’re unopened, we make the time to open them and post date the payment.
I have to sweep daily but if you don’t have as many kids and dogs as us, once or twice a week will do.
- Keep up with tasks
Don’t let things get out of control and left until you feel overwhelmed. If you sweep often, keep your sinks tidy and aren’t letting the clutter pile up than your house will never get out of control and your big clean won’t take nearly as long.