So a couple weeks ago I asked the question, “Can you have a clean house with toddlers?” Getting all the household chores done, entertaining the kids, running errands, cooking meals… It is impossible to get it all done every day and do it well. After all, there’s just one mommy, so something has to give, and more often than not, it’s cleaning. I started wondering how bad my house had become; was I skipping some essential cleaning routines?
I was relieved to find that I was getting the recommended daily tasks done that I found on most websites… and MOST of the weekly one, at least according to sites like the one where I found the Ultimate House Cleaning Schedule. Of the weekly tasks I was missing, I’ve tried to start disinfecting the toys each week, like the schedule suggests. And my son has made sure lately that the sheets have been cleaned each week instead of every couple weeks (diaper leaks), which I’ve found really isn’t such a pain if I get the sheets off in the morning and put new ones on while the kids are eating breakfast. I haven’t gotten it written down into some set schedule yet like so many sites suggest, but at least I don’t feel like I’m letting the house fall to shambles.
I’ve also come to realize that it’s the “tidying” aspect of cleaning that really concerns me. With the kitchen table consistently littered with papers , mittens, hats, and various toys, and the counter being in similar shape, I need to find a better way to keep those areas organized. Any ideas?