Since I became a mom I’ve learned that sometimes your house will be messy, tasks won’t always get completed, laundry will constantly need to be cleaned, and you will forget things unless you write them down.
Every mom, especially stay-at-home moms feel that their home is supposed to be perfect. I know that’s how I feel. Before having my son, I could clean when I wanted and do things as they needed to be done. But once I became a mom, things changed, and I have no complaints!
Now, six months later I can say that I learned how to keep my house clean, organized and not stress over every little thing. Because kids will make messes, and that’s the beauty of being a parent. There will always be days where I choose to cuddle or nap with my son over cleaning.
Before I go on to share my tips I want to share this quote my mother & father-in-law had engraved on the bottom of my rocking chair, for all moms to remember:
“The cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow.
But children grow up as I’ve learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down cobwebs; Dust go to sleep!
I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep”
Have a place for everything
This is easier said than done, but having a place for all my things keeps me sane. I recommend getting baskets or cute storage containers for everything. We are always buying new things for our son. And having a place to stow all those new toys will make your house look organized and clean.
I’ve learned that during the day there isn’t a point to keep putting things away, but as soon as bedtime rolls around I love being able to clean up within minutes, all because I can throw everything into its designated area.
You can have storage areas for everything. Get a little basket for mail, receipts, or miscellanies things you don’t want to throw away just yet. Make an area for shoes, cleaning products, blankets, dog toys, etc. Having a place for everything is so helpful in keeping your house clean.
I personally have a drawer in our living room with random things I might need like, baby socks, spit-up rags, nail clippers, bibs, toys, pacifier, etc. It’s a drawer stuffed with random stuff, but It comes in handy often.
Planning meals make dinner time so much smoother. I don’t always plan out my meals, but it’s something I try to plan before noon. If you really want to get on top of your meals, plan all your dinners for the entire week. There are tons of great crockpot meals you can prep and freeze.
I like to plan before noon that way I can prep during my son’s afternoon nap. I recently started to get all my meal prepping done during his naps and it has made things so much smoother for me. Especially if your spouse comes home late and will want dinner sooner than later. It’s nice to be able to throw something in the oven and already have all the work done.
Plus, if you prep ahead of time, it makes the clean-up after dinner much easier.
Get into a routine
Routines are must for any mom, every child has different routines and it takes time to figure out that routine. My son finally takes predictable naps and goes to bed at the same time every night. Now, of course, there will be days when he doesn’t want to nap or is fussy, but most days we stick to our routine.
When you have a routine it’s easier to plan your days, like cooking, cleaning, or maybe you need to paint your toes!! Babies and kids thrive with routines, and I think moms do too. But don’t get too caught up in keeping a strict routine, because things change.
Focus on one cleaning task
Most days I ask myself “will my house ever be clean like it used to be” the answer is probably not. I used to do all my cleaning in one day. Now that’s impossible.
Break down your cleaning throughout the week. Have a bathroom day, laundry day(s), Bedroom cleaning day, mopping day. Etc. The only thing I clean every night is my kitchen and dishes, which is a great habit to get into. I love waking up to a clean kitchen.
Planning goes along with routine. If you are like me, you will need to write down everything or you will forget. If you know you need to go grocery shopping, for example, make a list days before you go. Maybe you have visitors coming and need to plan your house cleaning. It will just keep you, as a mom, less stressed when you plan things out.
Another tip: always know how many diapers & wipes you have. I like to order diapers before I even get close to the last one. You don’t want to be one of those parents who is running out in the middle of the night for diapers. Though I’m sure it happens to the best of us.
Those are some of the great habits I have gotten into since becoming a mom & I hope they will work for you too!
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