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Clean enough for most people anyway
It is so hard to keep the house reasonably clean when there are children (and possibly a husband) running around behind you messing everything up again. Some days it’s all I can do to keep up with feeding them without having to worry about tidying up too. And I’m not sure about you but too much clutter and mess sends my anxiety level through the roof! That’s why I’ve developed a short list of little things that I do every day (almost, I’m only human after all) that keep my house relatively clean and ready for company.
Do these in whichever order makes the most sense to you.
#1 WASH THE DISHES AND PUT THEM AWAY
It is a pain in ass and it never ends but washing and putting away the dishes instantly makes the kitchen look cleaner. And it’s easier to play hostess and offer your guests something to eat or drink if you have dishes to serve them with
#2 CLEAN OFF THE TABLE AND GIVE IT A QUICK WIPE DOWN
This actually includes coffee and end tables, not just the kitchen table. This way your guest will have somewhere to put their plate and coffee cup instead of trying to balance everything on their leg.
#3 CLEAN OFF THE KITCHEN COUNTERS AND WIPE OFF THE CRUMBS AND STICKY SPOTS
I use a wet microfiber cloth and a vinegar and water mix in a spray bottle and just wipe everything well. If there’s anything really stuck on the counters (or the stove) just spray the mixture on it and let it rest under the wet cloth for a few minutes and it will wipe right up. There, now the kitchen looks practically new.
#4 DO A QUICK SWEEP AND SPOT MOP OF FLOORS
Just sweep up as much dirt as you can (or vacuum if you have carpets). You can stop there if possible, but I always have to do a quick spot mop here and there thanks to my kids. I only allow them to have drinks at the table or the kitchen counter yet somehow they manage to get sticky spots all over the house. I spray the sticky spot with the vinegar/water mix and a wipe with a microfiber mop.
#5 TAKE CARE OF THE BATHROOM
Use a dry microfiber cloth to wipe the counters and outsides of the toilet. Then use the vinegar and water spray to wet the surfaces a little and give them another wipe with the cloth. Use the same spray and a new cloth to wash the mirror. Give the inside of the toilet a quick scrub with a brush and stock up the toilet paper. Do a quick sweep and then spray the floor with the vinegar and water and give it a mop with the microfiber mop. Close the shower curtain and put out clean hand towels and you’re done the bathroom.
That’s all it takes to keep the house ready for most guests. And remember, if a friend judges you for how your house looks, especially when you live with children, they’re not the kinds of friends you need to have.
BONUS STEPS TO FEEL LIKE A SUCCESSFUL HOMEMAKER
I add these three steps on days when I’m feeling more energetic (or when the coffee is especially strong) and it leaves me feeling like the most awesome homemaker alive.
BONUS #1 SHOWER, TEETH, CLOTHES
This is exactly what it sounds like. I do this everyday anyway but on really productive days I do it first thing in the morning.
BONUS #2 MAKE THE BED
Even if I have laundry all over the bedroom floor and toys everywhere else making the bed makes the house feel cleaner. I’m not sure exactly how this works but it’s probably magic.
BONUS #3 DO A LOAD OF LAUNDRY
One load. Start to finish, including folding and putting away. It won’t make a dent in the actual amount of laundry you have to do (I could probably do laundry all day every day and still not finish) but it will be a start, and that is good enough.
Let me know if this information helped and definitely let me know if you have better, faster ways to tidy up the house. I’m all for sharing good information. And as always, if you liked this, follow, like, and share please. Until next time,
The Secular Homemaker