Top 10 House Cleaning Tips For Busy Parents
It's that time of year again; we're excitedly welcoming lighter mornings and longer evenings… spring is here! Hoorah! While we love winter, here at Nimble HQ, we are glad to see the back of the cold weather, and we're so excited for the new season!
And so this week, you may have guessed we've got one thing on our minds. Spring cleaning, of course (maybe that's why we love spring so much?)! Here are our top 10 house cleaning tips for busy parents without further ado!
1. Tackle the 'worst' job first
We know that not everyone enjoys cleaning as much as we do, and we understand how hard it can be to get motivated when the tasks on your list are just plain rubbish. But honestly, one of the best tips is to get the worst jobs done straight away.
When you do this, you're more likely to feel motivated to do the other jobs you don't mind so much, and you won't have a chance to put it off or have it hanging over your head as a dreaded chore all day. Try it and see what you think!
2. Get the kids to help
This might seem counter-productive but stay with us for a moment. Getting the kids to help out is a great way to give them a little independence around the house and teach them how to work as part of a team in taking care of their surroundings. Make sure to provide them with age-appropriate tasks, and always keep cleaning products away from them at all times.
3. Tackle the house by task
Rather than moving from room to room for your spring clean, tackle the jobs task by task instead. For example, clean all of the floors and then declutter before going to the next chore. This will save you getting the hoover or mop out countless times for each room— instead, you get them out and put them away for good once you're done.
4. Declutter as you go
Decluttering is a huge task, but it's really not so bad if you break it down into smaller, more manageable chunks. If you tidy and sort as you go round, you'll find it gets done more quickly.
5. Work quickly
When you're a busy parent, time is of the essence, so it makes sense to crack on and clean as quickly as you can. Use our Nimble Babies Sticky Stopper to target the surfaces or areas you want to clean: spray, wipe, and go. There is no need to carry a bowl of soapy water around with you— that will only slow you down!
6. Add storage tubs to rooms that need it
As you do your spring cleaning, you might notice that some rooms are getting messier than others. If that's the case in your home, it might be a good idea to invest in some storage tubs to contain the 'mess' a little more easily in-between cleaning days.
Just don't forget you've stashed the clutter in there! Make a mental reminder to go through it when you have a quiet moment… if that ever happens!
7. Don't forget the toys!
The toy box is just as necessary to clean, so don't leave it out. A quick spray with the Sticky Stopper and a wipe down with a damp cloth is enough to keep germs at bay and leave everything ready for the next playtime.
8. Set a timer
One of the best ways to get through spring cleaning quickly is to set yourself the challenge of getting it done before the timer goes off! You'll be surprised how effective this is!
9. Recycle whatever you can
Clutter can take over the house, and this just seems to escalate when you've got kids! While cleaning and tidying, put aside old clothes, toys, books, etc., and mark them for recycling. Donate to charity, gift them to friends, or even sell what you don't use. There's no point holding on to stuff you just don't need, and there's no point in throwing things away unnecessarily either!
10. Clean little and often
The big spring clean aside, what is the best way to make sure that cleaning the house isn't a huge chore that you just want to keep putting off? Clean little and clean often.
When you use the bathroom in the morning, give the sink a wipe round and clean the toilet. Wipe the kitchen counters as you go along when making food (again, our Sticky Stopper and Cheeky Wipes' Multipurpose Microfibre Washable Wipes are excellent to have on hand for this!) and regularly check for 'hot spots' around the house where clutter tends to collect.