If it seems like you can either have a clean house or happy kids, but not both, simply because of the time involved, you’re not alone in those thoughts. Most parents feel entirely overworked, their kids are aggravated, and the house isn’t as clean as you want, all at the same time.
However, by following a few simple tips, you can decrease the amount of tension associated with the cleaning part of the triangle at least. For your consideration, five tips include getting those carpets cleaned up professionally, following a housekeeping system, using natural cleaners, setting up jobs for kids, and using air filters in dirty parts of the house.
Get Those Carpets Cleaned
Very few things are as disheartening as seeing a dirty carpet in a major area of the house. And, deep cleaning your carpet by yourself can be difficult if not impossible. So the absolute best things to do is get your carpet professionally cleaned occasionally. The experts come in, do their thing, and you can breathe a sigh of relief to get out all of the mustard and ketchup stains your kids had left behind.
Follow a Housecleaning System
There are a number of great housecleaning systems that give you a logical approach to keeping certain parts of your home clean every day. Especially as busy parents, knowing that this system is there to back you up and support you, and you don’t even have to think about it, will free up your mind to handle other tasks at hand. Find a system that other parents have supported and you can’t go too far wrong.
Natural Cleaners Are Better for Kids
For busy parents, there might be the inclination to use strong chemical cleaners to do work and then be done with it. But anything labeled as ‘poison’ that you use for cleaning probably isn’t your best idea. By using natural cleaners regularly, you’ll have a clean, fresh-smelling home that you aren’t worried will have dangerous chemicals in.
Set Up Responsibilities for Kids
Another way to balance parenting and cleaning is by having kids do some of the cleaning themselves! Set up daily responsibilities for them, and then they will be occupied doing some of the chores that have been dogging you. Easy examples are room cleaning, or perhaps doing the dishes.
Air Filters May Be a Must
In some cities, air quality is a problem, and you can spend all the time in the world trying to keep windows shut or wipe down walls. Really, your best bet to save time and protect the lungs of your kids is just to get a high-quality air filter and run it all the time.