You wake up. The dishes are piled high, toys all over the living room, pull-ups/diapers dispersed throughout the house, laundry to fold for days, why even get out of bed?!
When I wake up in the morning and have to play “catch up” from the day before, my Feng shui is out the window and I’m cranky as heck because I’m overwhelmed. You know the feeling. That weight on your shoulders that you can’t shake no matter how hard you try and now the kids are fighting, the dog just barfed on the rug, and there’s a guy banging on your door trying to sell you a $3000 vacuum! It’s hard enough keeping the house up throughout the day let alone pick up from yesterdays mess too. Here are a few tips I have learned along my motherhood/wifey journey that has helped me stay organized (for the most part, we all have our days.)
1. Clean as you cook.
The second I’m done with one pan its in the sink and I’m scrubbing away. If I know I’m going to have left overs I put the food right into the Tupperware that I plan on storing it in. That way we dish out what we want and the rest goes straight to the refrigerator. I feel less overwhelmed when all I have to do is clean up the dinner plates when we are done eating rather than the entire cooking/eating mess.
2. Encourage the kids to clean up one mess before getting out another.
I know. That’s hilarious. Only in our dreams right?! But seriously. I’ve started really insisting they pick up their legos before I let them get the play-doh out. Or, you want to go out and play in the back yard? Ok, put all your toys away in your room first. That way I’m not two steps behind them all day cleaning up disaster after disaster. Because that’s how it felt forever and I was loosing my mind. It takes some time and effort in the beginning, but then it becomes natural and everyone gets the picture.
3. Do ONE LOAD of laundry a day.
I hate laundry with every ounce of my being, so I get it. But I hate it even more when my entire day is spent washing, folding, and putting away. I’ve found if I can make myself do one load a day, things don’t get backed up all the way to China Town and I don’t want to ugly face cry at the thought of having to get 10 loads done by the end of the day!
4. Don’t go to bed with a messy house.
You know the saying, “never go to bed angry”? The same thing applies here. Because when you wake up and you’re having to play catch up all day, you are for sure not going to be happy. I have to literally force myself to do this. I’m not even kidding. I hate life while I’m doing it. But you will sing songs to sweet Baby Jesus that you cleaned up last nights disaster when you wake up to a clean home. You’re setting yourself up for success for the rest of the day, and who doesn’t want that!
5. Pick one day per week as “deep cleaning day.”
This is the day where you hustle like a mad women and you clean all the toilets, showers, sinks, and floors. On top of your regular household duties. But it shouldn’t take you too crazy long, because if you’re doing it once a week its not going to be that bad and it’s oh so worth it in the end!
If I can just do these 5 things, my days, weeks, and months look so much different. Having a clean house is important in our family. My husband literally cannot function in a mess and I’m not a fan either. If you are at a total loss at this whole keeping up the house, being a mother and a wife thing I totally feel you! It’s taken me years (like 5 to be exact) to figure out! If I stick with these 5 things, we all are a little bit more sane. It should be in the newspaper SAHM starter pack. It would have saved me years of frustration!