When it comes to being a single mom there are many times that the house is in chaos, the dishes aren’t done and there is laundry everywhere.
If you want a clean house, but find it’s near impossible keeping that house clean as a single mom these housekeeping tips are for you.
Today I’m featuring housekeeping tips to help you survive as a single mom amidst the chaos that ensues when you’re trying to do it all.
Have Kids Pitch In
The number one survival tip for housekeeping as a single mom is to have the kids pitch in. There is no reason that the kids can’t dust, vacuum, sweep or even do dishes at a young age. Start delegating chores to your kids by leaving a daily note or using a chore chart. These chores should be done before your kids enjoy any downtime, while they can do homework before chores, teach them that chores come before anything fun in the household.
Cut Cleaning Costs
All too often single moms live paycheck to paycheck and have a difficult time affording some of the more expensive household cleaners. This is where single moms can benefit from switching over to some DIY cleaning options. Common household items like baking soda, vinegar, and lemons make safe and cheaper alternatives to the harsher name brand chemical cleaners. You’ll also feel better because you’ll know that you’re using cleaners that won’t poison the family.
Let it Go
Learn to let go of having a dust free home or a spotless kitchen table. There are just some things in the house that aren’t worth doing every single day. Instead of trying to keep your house spotless all week long, consider having Sunday be a household cleaning day. Have the entire family gather around with their list of tasks, put some music on and make cleaning day a fun, bonding day with your kids. This is a fun way to teach kids how to clean as well as spend time bonding over a clean household.
Clean While Cooking
As a single mom, you have to be more creative with your use of time. This means housekeeping may be best suited to get done in little spurts throughout the day. While you’re cooking dinner, for example, you could be folding laundry at the dining room table or washing dishes. Take advantage of the downtime moments during times you’re doing other tasks. This is one of the easiest ways to get some cleaning done without taking away time from other areas in life.
There you have it, some housekeeping tips for the single mom to survive and come out with a smile on her face. Remember, a clean house is important but sometimes letting go of the minor parts of a clean house is acceptable as a means to survive this single mom lifestyle.