How to Not Spend your Evenings Cleaning

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This post about how to not spend your evenings cleaning is the second in a series of homemaking posts that will be going live over the next several days.

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Hands up if you wait for the kids to go to bed before you tackle the mess that is your house?

I’m totally guilty for having done that in the past (sometimes I still do), but I’m so glad that I STOPPED.

It is so amazing to be able to spend the evening relaxing and not cleaning.

However, that may seem impossible when the rest of your day is spent running around doing all. the. things.

Moms do so much. Seriously.

And cleaning during the day when you have little ones undoing all your work faster than you’re doing it just seems counterintuitive.

So what’s the solution? How can you spend your evenings catching up on your latest Netflix show instead of scrubbing the kitchen floor?

I have a few tips that I think may just help.

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#1 Schedule Out Your Day

I live by schedules which may not be the best option for some people, but I really do feel as though we need schedules in order to be more productive.

Having a schedule will help you to be a lot more intentional with your time.

If you’re a mom that works outside of the home, I’m sure you already have a schedule because you have to fit everything around your set work hours.

However, it can be easy to fall into the trap of not setting boundaries on your time if you’re a work-from-home or stay-at-home mom.

Trust me on this one. Create a schedule for your day so that you know what needs to be done when.

You’ll likely find that you have more spare time than you thought because you’re able to stay focused on what actually needs to get done instead of spending time worrying about forgetting something.

#2 Automate Your Systems

Having smart chore systems is well worth it because it’ll save you time and effort.

This course from Pulling Curls is exactly what you need in order to get your chore-life in order.

You’ll learn how to automate your home systems so that you can relax and spend time with your family instead of just always cleaning up after them.

Take a look at it HERE.

Get a Robot Vacuum

I’m a work-from-home mom and some may think that means I have more time to do chores…

They’re wrong.

But anyway, I swear every mom will benefit from having one of these in her life.

You can set it to run overnight and wake up in the morning to fresh, clean floors! You can even get some that mop as well.

Plus, it kind of forces you to pick up everything off the ground which I kind of like.

The iLife robot vacuums do a brilliant job without costing the earth.

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Dishwasher

Use your dishwasher if you have one and if you don’t and can squeeze it into the budget, I highly recommend getting one.

With three little ones and VERY busy days I cannot imagine life without mine.

Well, actually I can and it makes me want to cry…so yeah.

But you can even set your dishwasher on a timer so it runs at the perfect time to fit into your daily schedule.

Timers for Washing

Speaking of timers, I love to use the ones on my washing machine and dryer to make sure that I stay on top of the laundry.

On days where I know we need to go out early or I just really need to catch up on washing, I’ll put the dirty clothes the night before and set the timer to wash the clothes so they’re ready to go straight into the dryer or out on the line first thing in the morning.

That means that it’ll be dry and ready to fold and put away in the afternoon.

Related: 13 Laundry Hacks You Need to Know About

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#3 Get Your Kids to Help

My children are all young. My eldest is currently 4 and my youngest is 8-months old.

So the baby isn’t old enough to help with cleaning up just yet, but the other two definitely are.

We teach them from a young age that if you make a mess, you clean it up.

Don’t be a slave to your family! There’s a difference between serving and slaving and allowing your children to get away without helping to clean up is NOT doing them any favors.

Enlist the help of your children throughout the day so that you’re not left doing all of the work yourself.

Related: The Best Tips for Cleaning with a Toddler

#4 Designate a Power Hour

This is going to look different for every family, but in our home we have a power hour where I gather the children and we spend an hour cleaning up the house just before my husband gets home.

My husband honestly doesn’t care about the state of the house, but I like to have it fairly picked up and feeling cozy before he gets home.

Plus, if we do it then it means that there is very little cleaning left to do later in the day.

Our power hour usually includes fun music, setting a timer, making a race of the process and delegating specific jobs.

#5 Delegate

Trying to do everything on your own is never going to work out well. Sure, maybe you do a better job but that isn’t the most important thing.

If you want to avoid spending your evenings cleaning, learn to delegate.

How can the rest of your family chip in? Give out chores and don’t feel any guilt. Everyone lives in the home and while you can do your best to keep it clean, the responsibility is not solely on you.

#6 Lower Your Expectations

Finally, check your expectations. It is not realistic to have a magazine-worthy home all of the time.

It is totally okay to get a little behind on the housework and heck, if there are toys on the floor before you go to bed…so be it.

Sometimes it is worth just leaving the mess and enjoying your evening instead of stressing over it all.

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