Keeping a clean house with a toddler
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Do you have a little Tasmanian devil running through your house daily like me? If so you’ve come to the right place!
I love my sweet little toddler, but she’s a destructive monster! I constantly have toys strung across the floor, cheerios in my couch cushions and I admit I even have some crayon on my walls that need scrubbed off.
I’ve finally figured out a routine and tricks to help me keep my house company ready! You can have a clean house with a toddler too!
1. Do the basics every day
Let me tell you if I don’t keep up with the daily stuff my house becomes a wreck! River drags out every toy she owns, cooking 3 meals a day piles dishes up fast and I have a newborn spitting up on everything I own.
In the morning when I wake up the first thing I do is make everyone’s beds. Then I grab any dirty laundry and garbage in each room. While making breakfast I try and throw the dishes in the dishwasher.
Once breakfast is done I put all the dishes and things I got out away and throw a load of laundry in. I use Tide free and gentle since we have eczema issues in my house, but I still get the Tide cleaning power. This way if I need to put in more then one load of dishes or laundry I have time to do it throughout the day. During the day I pick up things that are out of place or do spot clean up. I try to tidy a little every room I go into during the day.
At night I take out the trash, sweep the kitchen floor and wipe down the counters. I love Mrs. Meyers all purpose spray since it’s more natural. I try to remember the night time dishes, but I don’t always get to them.
Laundry gets put away in everyone’s rooms and the baskets get put back in the rooms to fill with dirty clothes. Then I try to remember to scrub down my bathroom counters while getting ready for bed. Doing all of this helps me keep my house in pretty decent shape on a daily base.
2. Have weekly tasks
Somethings don’t need to be done every day, so I assign a day to deep clean one room. This helps make sure I hit every room regularly and I know when something has been cleaned last.
Mondays are for the bedrooms. I change everyone’s bed linens and vacuum the floor. I also water the plants in the rooms and wipe down any surfaces that need it.
Tuesdays are for the bathrooms. I empty the trashes, sweep and mop, clean the tubs, scrub the toilet, wipe down the counters, and clean the mirrors.
Wednesday is my kitchen cleaning day. I moved everything on the counters and wipe them down. I then wipe down every item that is on said counters. The fridge gets cleared out since Thursday is usually shopping day. Then I sweep and mop the floors.
Thursday is for the living room. I vacuum the floor, wipe down the couches thanks to sticky fingers, I wipe down the coffee tables and clean the rabbit cages since they’re in the living room.
Friday is my day to catch up on anything I didn’t get to and to really focus on laundry.
Saturday and Sunday I give my self a break or catch up on things that really need to be done. I use a chalkboard similar to this one to keep everything organized.
3. Assign chores to everyone
While my husband is a great provider he has no clue how to clean. I have to either tell him exactly what I need cleaned or create a list with a time it needs to be done by and exactly how I want it done. I’m totally okay with doing that since it takes pressure off of me.
River is getting old enough that she can help me do some small tasks around the house. She helps me unload the dishwasher by putting the silverware in the drawer. She hands me clothes to go in the washer and helps carry the clean clothes to the couch.
Now she doesn’t really have folding down, but she’s trying. If I give her a washcloth she will wipe things down for me or clean up a mess she’s made. Taking things to the trash is another thing she’s a great help with. Melissa and Doug’s also has the cutest little Cleaning set, so your toddler can help sweep and mop with you.
Find ways to take make sure everyone is doing their share even if it’s small tasks, It really helps ease your load.
4. 10 to 15-minute cleanups several times a day
This is important for me to stay on top of things. River just pulls everything out that I put away. Instead of spending hours clean up everything I take about ten to fifteen minutes every couple of hours and put things away.
I also try to do that with each room throughout the day. This way clutter and garbage get put in the proper area.
Also that ten to fifteen minutes can really get me motivated to keep cleaning when I just don’t feel like it in the beginning. If you still don’t feel like cleaning after the time is up then at least you got some stuff organized.
5. The one toy rule
This is something we’re trying out and may fail miserably. I only allow River to pull out one toy at a time. Once she’s done playing with that toy it must be put away before she can bring out another. This way the majority of my time isn’t spent picking up toys.
6. Remember you don’t have to have a perfectly clean house
I have this vision in my head of a spotless house that has all the dishes done. Laundry wash, dried, folded and put away. No toys cluttered around the house and the house smells like roses.
That’s just not possible with a toddler. It’s okay that your house isn’t in perfect order, you’re a busy mom! Most people understand that toddlers are destructive and just a lot of work in general.
If they do say something harsh about your house, that says more about them then you. Enjoy motherhood, the toddler stage is short lived and they’re not going to remember how spotless the house was. They’re going to remember how loving and happy mom was.
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