Life is not always easy when children come along, but if you are a bit of a neat freak, the presence of small, rambunctious children can be a learning curve. When it is just you and your partner, it is easy to keep on top of the chores. You can dedicate yourself to vacuuming, cleaning, and tidying up with zero interruptions. Then kids come along and you barely have enough free time to take a shower, let alone scrub the bath and vacuum the stairs. Housework drops down the to-do list and before long, your home is a pig sty
Fear not, because this is perfectly normal. Most parents struggle until they have a routine in place. It won’t be easy to get your chores done when you have kids underfoot or you are exhausted from feeding a baby every two hours, but things will get easier in time.
The first thing to remember is not to be too hard on yourself. You must put yourself first, so given a choice between catching up on sleep and mopping the kitchen floor, sleep.
Delegate Some of the Chores
Accept any and all offers of help when you have a baby to look after. Don’t let your partner slack off. He is 50% responsible for the mess, therefore, he is also 50% responsible for clearing it up. If you have other children, encourage them to pick up their toys and clean up their mess. Older kids can do the dusting, vacuuming, and other simple chores. You could create a sticker chart to reward them for helping in the home. If they earn enough stickers, reward them with a treat.
Invest in Cleaning Tools
Our ancestors did not have the benefit of vacuum cleaners and washing machines, so life was a lot tougher. Today, we have a wealth of tools at our disposal, but watch out for cheap appliances and tools that don’t do a good job. The best vacuum cleaner is one that picks up all pet hair, dust and grime. You could conduct a vacuum cleaner test on the top models on best-vacuums.co.uk to see if the appliance you like is suitable.
Have a Cleaning Rota
Rome was not built in a day, so don’t expect your home to be spotless in 15 minutes if you have done zero housework for weeks. Break chores up into manageable chunks so you never feel overwhelmed by how much you have to do. It’s amazing what you can accomplish in 15 minutes if you are motivated.
If it helps, make a cleaning rota and encourage your partner and the older kids to take responsibility for specific chores. For example, your partner can take care of mowing the lawn and vacuuming the stairs while an older child can be responsible for emptying the dishwasher and the bins.
It is difficult to maintain a tidy home if you don’t have enough storage. Invest in shelves and cupboards so you have space to tidy away toys and other small items.
Try and adopt a policy of ‘less is more’. That way, clutter won’t sabotage your desire to live in a clean and tidy home.