Cleaning – love it or hate it?
There are cleaning lovers in this world and there are cleaning haters but there is no denying that whether you relish your time cleaning or you dread it, it has to be done. As a busy Mum of two and working from home too I have tried so many different ways of cleaning the house. From doing everything on one day to doing it in the evenings when the kids are in bed, I have tried everything. The best method I have found and want to share with you today is to do a little bit every day. After doing this method on my own fairly successfully for a while I stumbled across The Organised Mum Method on Instagram and the rest was history! I now spend a lot less time cleaning and a lot more time doing the things I care about.
Split your time and your house
My daily cleaning methods which I will share with you later are based around The Organised Mum Method but I have adapted it to the time I have and my house itself. If you want to find out more about The Organised Mum Method then pop to her blog to get started. She has so many amazing downloads, timetables and blog posts to help you get on top of your cleaning. I do no more than an hours worth of cleaning every day since starting this so I can’t recommend it highly enough.
The main thing that is great about splitting your cleaning down into a certain amount of time a day is the motivation it gives you. Setting a timer can really help to get you up and get cleaning. This is mainly because you know it’s going to end! It’s amazing how much you can get done in such a short space of time when you set your mind to it. Another great way to split your time is to allocate a room for each day. That way nothing gets left out or forgotten about and nothing ever builds up. You are always on top of it even if it takes a bit longer initially.
How I do it
I use a weekly planner sheet to keep in my kitchen which has on it all my weekly and daily cleaning jobs. Some of these are taken from The Organised Mum Method such as ‘clean sheet Tuesday’ and others are things that I do for my house in particular. For example every Monday I tidy, dust and vacuum my living room and play room. And on a Wednesday I clean the bathrooms. On a Thursday the kitchen gets a good going over. I find I don’t really have to look at my planner now as I know it all off by heart and it is just part of my day now. I use a cleaning caddy which has all of my every day cleaning items in which I take around the house with me so no need to be searching in cupboards for products. Remember, you don’t have to spend a lot of money on cleaning products to clean your home. If you’re on a budget disinfectant, washing up liquid and some cheap anti-bac spray will do the job.
Keeping the motivation going
It is easy to start on routines like this, do them for a couple of weeks and then start to lose motivation or interest. Here are my top tips for avoiding this
- Write a list before you start and tick off as you go
- Reward yourself with 10 minutes with a cup of tea or a scroll through Instagram
- Clean to music. Music puts everyone in a better mood.
- If you can, do it in the morning when you are feeling less sluggish (I do mine after the school run).
Mental Health & Cleaning
Often people who suffer with anxiety can feel overwhelmed by big jobs that are ahead of them such as a day of cleaning. Writing from experience splitting down the cleaning tasks into manageable sized chunks really helps. Cleaning and tidying are often the last thing you feel like doing when you are feeling low but getting up, moving around and being rewarded with a tidy house can really help your mindset.
So this is how I made a good cleaning routine and how I stick to it. Be sure to check out The Organised Mum Method as that is a really great place to start if you are looking to start a cleaning routine from scratch or simply grab a notepad and write a list for every day of the week. Whether you’re a cleaning lover or a cleaning hater we all want to make it easier for ourselves and this may just help.