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SAHM Tips // Managing Housework and Raising Your Family

/ September 20, 2017

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Most days I have to swallow my pride and go to bed with a sink full of dishes, mountains of laundry and perhaps lots of German Shepherd dust bunnies around the house. It’s happened way more than I’d like to admit but I have found some easy ways to stay on top of housework with munchkins running around.

First you have to know, I am a clean freak. I hate clutter, I hate messes, and I hate when things are not where they belong. Now this personality trait, may be a flaw sometimes as a mother, but I work very hard to manage the messes and stay sane. Sometimes I could even go as far to say cleaning is like therapy to me. Good for the soul.

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If you will notice in the photo above, the floors aren’t clean. Can’t win them all!
Barstools: Target
Cabinet Paint: SW Alabaster

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Our dog has since thrown up on this rug thus completely ruining it and it had to go in the trash. I’m still pretty upset about it.
Desk: DIY Project, see it here
Rug: TJ Maxx
Bookshelves: Target
Chair: Tuesday Morning

 

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Here are my super easy tips and ways I stay on top of the messes while not letting cleaning rule my time. These babies are young and I don’t want to spend my days cleaning…
(disclaimer: what works for me, may not work for you! I’d love to hear your tips!)

Buy Products you love that work!
I have three go to cleaning supplies that I love. Now, if you are particular about your chemicals this list may not be for you. Clorox wipes (buy them in multiples!), Clorox Anywhere Surface Spray, and Murphy Oil Soap for our wood floors.
Also, we have invested in a Roomba (ours here). We have a German shepherd and we live in Texas. When you mix the two you get a lifetime supply of dog hair tumbleweeds. The Roomba has saved our butts on more than one occasion. It’s AMAZING.

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Prioritize!
Are your kiddos out of clean clothes? Do you have company coming over tomorrow? Prioritize! This has helped me so much. If I know we have guests coming over, I don’t feel so bad neglecting the laundry.

Laundry Everyday
This may sound like a nightmare, but it is another thing that has saved me. When I say everyday, I don’t mean the world will end if you miss a day or two. But when you are home keep a load going. Lock the kids in the laundry room (if they need to be supervised) and fold what’s in the dryer. I’ve had many days where it at least gets folded/put on hangers but doesn’t leave the top of the dryer. But at least we have clean clothes! As the kiddos get older and more independent it gets easier to find the time to put clothes away. I usually dedicate one gigantic load to only Cameron’s things and make it my goal to have all of her clean laundry at the bottom of the stairs before bedtime.

Gross Dishes
My all time least favorite chore! We have a new rule that if you put dishes in the sink you HAVE to clean them. Nothing worse than gross literal dirty dishes sitting in the sink. I hate running the dishwasher when it’s not at least 90% full so having mostly clean (no food/residue) dishes sitting in the sink doesn’t gross me out so much.

MAKE YOUR BED
Nothing makes me feel more put together than having a bed that is made first thing every morning. It also keeps me from wanting to crawl into it during the day.

This is more for the guys…
Put stuff back where it belongs. In our house, everything has a place and once your done using it, it goes BACK to its respective home… Or mommy goes crazy. 🙂

First Thing or Last Thing
This varies depending on how our day went. Either before bed or first thing before Cameron wakes up, I do a VERY quick clean. Counters/Dishes/Laundry/Sweep, etc. The easy stuff. It will help.

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Now I can admit that I clean some days more than I should. Meaning, I really need to put the broom down and read Cameron a book or go outside. It’s an annoying thing that I am working on changing.

Also, we have drastically tightened our budget to hire a house cleaner once a month. She spends a few hours here and does a BIG deep cleaning. It’s probably my favorite day of the month. I’m not being snobby or lazy, I am making my family a priority.

As a SAHM, I feel like I need to keep a clean house to “pull my weight” while my husband works. But more importantly, it’s my job to raise my kids in a happy, healthy home while my husband works. I am so thankful to be able to stay home with them and so thankful that my husband works so diligently to allow it in our budget. Cleaning takes a backseat a lot of times and I am constantly working at finding a balance between the two.

Aren’t we all just works in progress? 

XO, Jess

 

 

 

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