Whether your working full time outside of the home or working just as hard (and just as full time) as a stay at home mom, housecleaning is usually the last thing you want to do. Here are a few tips on how to make the most of 20 minutes around the house so your home stays maintained all year round, and housecleaning will come much easier!
1. Set a Timer.
If you know the clock is ticking you WILL get more done. Think of it as a race. Make a goal and see if you can get everything done by the time it goes off. If you are a mom who is okay with her little ones watching a show, use that as your timer. Once the show is done, so are you.
2. Put on some music!
A lot of people choose to listen to fast paced music while they work out. Why? Because it helps them stay motivated, go faster, and get more done. Same goes for housecleaning! Turn on something and get to work!
3. Pick quantity over quality.
There are times for deep cleaning but if you have 20 minutes and want to get more bang for your buck work on the most obvious things. Think : Blankets, toys, mail, and clutter put away, pillows straightened, dishes in dishwasher, and trash taken out.
4. 20 minutes before bed.
If you are able to make a family practice of a 20 minute clean up before bed, you will wake up to a clean home and set the tone for the day before you have even had time to drink your first sip of coffee.
5. Laundry & Dishes.
If your house seems clean and you have an extra 20 minutes mentally check in on the dish and laundry situation. Those two things are the most likely to get backed up – especially if you have little ones. I’m always washing little (mostly unmatched) socks and sippy cups.
TIPS TO HELP YOU GET EVEN MORE DONE DURING YOUR 20 MINUTES OF HOUSECLEANING
6. Set a cleaning schedule.
I’m not talking about DEEP cleaning. I’m talking about things that need to get done once or twice a week. For example…Monday – floors, Tuesday – Bathroom, Wednesday – Kitchen. If you spend 20 minutes in your bathroom once a week cleaning you may not need to do much else besides the occasional tidying up here and there. If I have my basic routine down, my home stays “clean enough” most of the time.