OVERWHELMED WITH THE AMOUNT OF STUFF THAT’S ACCUMULATED EVERYWHERE? WE’RE GOING TO FIX IT IN LESS THAN AN HOUR!
Do you ever wonder how it all got there and how you can possible put it all away? How can you dust and vacuum your home when there are things lying around everywhere? **Please note, there are affiliate links in this post**
YOU CAN DO THIS! It’s easier than you think. We are going to break things down into manageable pieces. Deep breath…here we go.
Start by going into the messiest room. This is going to be something that the kids can easily help you do. Take everything in that room that is somewhere it doesn’t belong and either put it all on one couch or bed in that room. Don’t worry about putting things away yet. That’s it! Now do that in every other room.
Now you have one condensed place in each room with things to put away. You can put them away now or take a water break first. Have the kids put their own things away, and toss the trash into the trashcan. You only have a few things left to put away in each room and your house is looking GREAT!
IF YOU’RE TIRED, STOP NOW. If you have more energy…..keep reading…
DUSTING IN 5 MINUTES
There are two types of dusting in our home. Quick dusting with a duster to get the majority of the dust gone, and intensive dusting to erase all evidence of dust. TODAY, IT’S QUICK DUSTING DAY; RUN A DUSTER OVER EVERY FLAT SURFACE (I LOVE the Swiffer duster, a link for it is below.) Get it into the crevices in the bookshelf and other small places. This can easily be done by the kids and then you just have to dust the places they can’t reach.
VACUUMING IN 10 MINUTES
In our home, there are two types of vacuuming as well. QUICK VACUUMING, WHICH JUST RUNS THE VACUUM OVER THE MAIN PART OF THE CARPET IN EACH ROOM, IS WHAT WE’RE GOING TO DO TODAY. You’ll feel good about it being done, and it won’t wear you out. If your kids are big enough, have them run the vacuum in a few rooms. Remember, we’re not going for perfection today, make it fun and they’ll enjoy helping next time. The link for the vacuum I use is below. It works AMAZINGLY well! If you don’t have carpet, a quick sweep in each room will suffice now.
5 MINUTES IN THE KITCHEN
WE’RE GOING TO MAKE IT SUPER SIMPLE: Take all dirty dishes and put them in the sink & wipe down all counters and the table with a warm, soapy cloth. That’s it! Everything but the sink looks nice and you’re done. The dishes will get done later. It’s time to relax and enjoy your tidy home.
3 MINUTES PER BATHROOM
Hang up towels, put dirty clothes in their bins, and wipe the sink and mirror with a paper towel with some Windex. Close the shower curtain or door on your way out and call it a day. We’re just going for superficial beauty here. Plus, kids ages 8 and older can do all of it!
- your house is picked up
- it’s dusted and vacuumed
- kitchen and bathrooms feel better
- you are breaking jobs down into manageable pieces to get everything done
- and your kids know how to help you.
You can get something done even on the days when you feel bad because you know that it’s OK to just do a small thing at a time, and everything doesn’t have to be done at once! I can’t wait to hear how it’s going for you. Send me an e-mail and let me know. Just CLICK HERE.