House Cleaning Tips for Busy Single Moms

by Nicole on January 13, 2011 · 0 comments

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Cleaning Tips

House cleaning tips can come in handy when you’re finding you have no time to clean the house. When you are balancing all of the bills, earning the money to pay those bills, taking care of your child’s  physical and emotional needs, not to mention the endless stream of laundry, keeping your house clean often falls by the wayside, yet many single moms feel stressed by the fact that their houses do not look clean and tidy the way they wish them to be.

One of the first things you need to do is make the most of your non-work days, which are typically the weekend. Make a checklist of the house cleaning tasks you need to accomplish that day, and push yourself to get them done early so you can enjoy the rest of the day with your kids. Having a checklist will ensure you do not get sidetracked by odd jobs that could be done, but perhaps could wait until another day.

Next, make a plan for your kids to help out. Even little kids can do small tasks like emptying garbage bins or putting socks away. Sure, it might go faster if you do it yourself, but you will be teaching them responsibility and training them to do the task when they are older and can handle it a bit more efficiently.

To get your kids involved in house cleaning make a visible list of the jobs you want done, indicating who will do them. A dry erase board on the refrigerator or somewhere in the kitchen can work well for this. Let the kids check off their jobs when they are finished to your satisfaction. They will enjoy this and it will help you keep track of who has done their jobs, and who has not.

There are two parts of your home you will need to address daily. These are the kitchen and the main living space. Assign daily tasks to your kids, like dishes, picking up the floor, and sweeping, and take care of the more delicate cleaning tasks on your own. By taking 10 to 15 minutes each day to attend to these areas, you will be able to keep your home much more tidy in the long run.

Remember, your children need to view your family as a team. They are members of that team, and they need to help out. After taking the time to train them and getting into a routine for yourself, you will not find cleaning the house to be such an overwhelming task. Even house cleaning is a team effort, so this is a great way to get everyone involved and get your house clean!

About Nicole

Nicole Harms is a freelance writer and a busy mom to two preschool daughters. She received a bachelor’s degree in education from Maranatha Baptist Bible College, but after four years in the classroom she turned in the chalk for the virtual pen. When not researching or writing she is busy chasing her two daughters around or traveling.

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