So, I said earlier that it was one of my resolutions this year to keep my house cleaner. If you’ve been a reader for a little while, you know that this is an area I have struggled with for a while. You also know that I have a 4 month old at home.
In the past month or so, my precious angel has decided that she doesn’t need naps that are longer than 30 minutes, and sometimes that she doesn’t need to nap at all. Needless to say I disagree. I Unfortunately, trying to get her back on track and rested means that I’m spending more time sitting in her room trying to get her to go to and stay asleep, giving me even less than 30 minutes at a shot to get my household work done. This has made it a bit challenging to try to keep up with the cleaning. So I’ve come up with this threefold plan, and hopefully it will work for me.
- I do everything I can with the baby. For example, I clip my coupons and pay my bills sitting on the floor while she has tummy time, and I made a game out of folding my laundry. I bundle her up to go outside and get the mail, and I try to carry her around as I do light decluttering. This makes these tasks take a little longer, but it’s fun for her and it means I can spend those few nap minutes on things I can only do when she’s sleeping.
- I do as much as I can in the evening when my husband is home to play with the baby. I do all the dishes, some housework, make lunch for my husband and sometimes for myself for the next day, and defrost something for the next day’s dinner.
- I need to prioritize the work in the household and accept that not everything will get done all the time, but that some things must get done and I must do them first.
- I make my bed.
- I start a load of laundry, or switch it to the next position.
- I put away any dishes on my draining rack, empty my dishwasher, and reload it. (Or any one or two of these tasks, if I get interrupted.)
- I grab the bags out of any full trashcans, and gather up all my rinsed recyclables to take out to the bins.
- I do a quick throw-away/put-away drill in my living room and kitchen.
- I do any make-ahead meal prep that I can do for dinner (i.e., chopping onions, washing vegetables).
- I sweep and damp mop all my hard floors. (Or just sweep, or just mop)
- I vacuum my carpets. (Usually I divide this, upstairs and downstairs)
- I dust with a damp rag or microfiber cloth.
- I clean my mirrors and sinks, toilets, and shower (Again, or I break this up if need be)
- I clean any old food out of my refrigerator.
- I change my sheets and towels (Okay, this one I still do on the same day every week)