How to keep your house clean when you don’t have time to clean
1. Let go of perfection
This may be the hardest thing on the list. We may want our homes to look perfect at all times, but that is not always possible. It can be tough when you come home and see all of the unfolded laundry or the newest messes the kids have made.
2. Cut the clutter
A house that isn’t full of stuff stays cleaner. It can be hard to control the continuous influx of things that make their way into our homes. If you don’t have a specific need for things, no matter how cute it is, consider whether or not your should bring it home. Don’t be shy about filling large boxes full of stuff and donating them whenever I can you no longer have a need for things.
3. Get things organized
If you have a larger block of time available for housework, try to use some of it to complete an organization project. Most organization projects can actually be accomplished fairly quickly and go a long way towards keeping the whole house clean. When you have a system that works—”a place for everything and everything in its place”—the whole family tends to do better at putting things back where they go.
It’s a slow process, but definitely one that is worth devoting some of your precious cleaning time to.
4. Choose the ONE thing that needs to be done most right now
It’s easy to look at EVERYTHING that needs to be done and feel like giving up. But try hard to step back and see what needs to be done the most and do only that when you have limited time. Sometimes that’s the dishes or the laundry, sometimes it’s mopping and vacuuming, and sometimes it’s cleaning toilets.
5. Set a timer
Sometimes we only have 15-20 minutes to spare between commitments. When you have these little pockets of time, occasionally set a timer and go to town on one room. When you do choose to set the timer you will be amazed at how much you can accomplish in just a few minutes.
6. Do a 15 minute clean up before bed
Similar to setting a timer, making it a habit to do a quick clean up for 15 minutes before you go to bed makes a world of difference. The kids can easily help with this, too. 15 minutes multiplied by 5 members of my family is a lot of cleaning time!
7. Multitask wisely
Multitasking isn’t all it’s cut out to be. It has been found that people actually accomplish less when I’m trying to do too much at once, and several studies have shown this to be true.
Instead, try to focus on one thing at a time. If you are cleaning a bedroom, stay in the bedroom until it is clean. If there are things in there that don’t belong there, set them outside the door until you are finished.