I think it’s very helpful that we moms (and dads) give each other tips and tricks that work for us. But sometimes I get that “June-Cleaver-Martha-Stewart gag-me-with-a-spoon” feeling when I share all the wonderful things(all three of them) that we do here at our home.
I mean, this is Real Life, right? So today, I have a few “Real Life” cleaning tips that I do around the house. If they don’t actually help you with the cleaning, they will surely help your self-esteem. Each time you feel that you don’t measure up, just read this post, and instantly feel like “Supermom!”
1. First, the CLUTTER! It’s everywhere! There is a song by Hap Palmer that inspired me with the perfect idea. Click here to listen to “Stuff it in the Closet”.
2. Then, there are the TOYS! They are everywhere! Just keep a basket under the coffee table for all the stray toys you find. Collect until it gets full… and throw them out. Now, before you get concerned that the kids will not have anything to play with, let me assure you: They will find more toys hidden around the house. Toys seem to materialize from thin air around here, I swear there are little elves hidden in the closet making new toys constantly! And if the toys are not in the middle of the floor for me to trip on, the dog is stealing them and chewing them to little bits. Stop the insanity!
3. Dusting. You don’t need to haul out all the special tools for dusting. Forget the Swiffer, the feather duster (although it is kind of fun), the micro-fiber cloths, etc. We all take our socks off before we take a shower, right? Why not kill two birds with one stone? Take the newly removed sock (preferably the side that was not touching your smelly feet) and wipe the furniture. Then throw in the laundry, and voila! This especially works with white socks, because you can bleach them.
4. Cleaning out the mini-van. You will not believe how easy it is to clean out the petrified fries from last weeks Happy Meals, cracker crumbs from the two-year-old, spilled goldfish, even the juice boxes. Open the door and let your 9 month-old, 70 pound Standard Poodle dog into the van. That’s it! He will do all the work. And yes, he even eats juice boxes.
This also works for sweeping up the dinner crumbs, cleaning out the toddler’s booster seat, and pre-rinsing the dishes.
5. For all the toys left in the mini van, refer to tip #2.
I hope this helps! If these tips don’t help with the actual cleaning, maybe you’ll feel a little better about yourself. Now, when your housework leaves a lot to be desired, you can say, “Wow, at least I don’t do that!”
Do you have a Real Life cleaning tip you could share? As you can see, I need all the help I can get!
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