This post is sponsored by Bona but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
When we moved from a 1500 square foot townhome to a 3500 square foot house, I realized really quickly I needed to devise a way to keep it clean without spending all my time tidying up! With little ones running around, it was impossible to spend my day cleaning, plus I wanted to use most of my time with my girls and taking some time for me to pursue my own hobbies. It took some work, but I finally figured out a schedule that allowed me to keep the house clean by tackling little projects throughout the week. The best part is, if you maintain a certain level of cleanliness in your home, you won’t have to spend hours doing a deep clean! I thought I’d share a few of my favorite house cleaning hacks in case you need some inspiration.
Stay on top of the dishes.
One of the first things that piles up in our home is the dishes. Even just skipping out on loading the dishwasher one night after dinner can cause a serious backlog that makes it hard to get back on track – you know what I mean…when the dishwasher fills up and you still have a sink full of dishes that need to be washed. What I like to do is ensure I’m consistently loading and unloading the dishwasher daily, which helps prevent things from backing up. There are times that it still happens, especially if I do a lot of cooking, but this is one of my favorite house cleaning hacks that generally keeps things running smoothly!
Clean the shower and tub while you’re in it.
More specifically, as you are getting out of the tub or shower 🙂 To be honest, I don’t love this task, but if you’re already wet and it’s right there, there’s really no excuse as to why you can’t quickly wipe the shower or tub down! Otherwise, I’d have to hop in the shower or tub when I’m cleaning the bathroom and risk getting my clothes wet.
Create a laundry schedule.
One of the best house cleaning hacks I have (but still forget to do sometimes) is use a laundry schedule to keep clothes clean. Before kids, we could get by with maybe two loads of laundry a week, but I quickly learned that little ones mess up multiple outfits a day…and unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to get better once they get past the baby stage 😉 I made a schedule that really helped me stay on track to prevent laundry from piling up. It looks a little like this:
- Monday – Kids’ clothes
- Tuesday – Towels
- Wednesday – Rugs
- Thursday – Kids’ clothes
- Friday – Our clothes
- Saturday – Sheets/Bedding
- Sunday – Miscellaneous, as needed
I should probably also mention that I rarely separate darks and lights…oops! Going against all of the old school laundry rules. If I’m washing something dark that’s brand new, I will generally not put light clothing with it, but otherwise, it’s fair game.
Keep your floors clean.
Now that we moved into a new house, we have a lot more hardwood flooring to take care of! With three kids who spend a lot of time playing on the floor, it’s important that I keep all of our floors as clean as possible. Thanks to the Bona Quick Clean System, it’s super easy to do! It comes with a premium microfiber mop, disposable wet cleaning pads and disposable dry cleaning pads – everything you need to keep your floors sparkling clean. I love that the water-based cleaning solution is streak-free and residue-free, which is especially important for making our hardwoods shine. It’s so easy to grab the mop and a wet or dusting pad and quickly clean the floors while the kids are playing or napping. Trust me when I say it’s SO MUCH BETTER than dragging out the vacuum or a mop and bucket. And all of the time I save by using the Bona Quick Clean System gives me time back to spend with my girls!
Separately, these house cleaning hacks may not seem like they save that much time, but if you work on devising a cleaning schedule for your entire home, each little ‘hack’ can add up to huge time savings over the course of a week!