As a mom to a toddler, a government worker, and now a new homemaker, keeping the house clean does seem overwhelming at times. After all, I’m not someone you’d call tidy and I’m super clumsy, too. (I spilled cold water all over my shirt as I typed this.)
But I always remind myself that countless parents have done it before me and somehow succeeded. I’m definitely not the first toddler mom and full-time employee who also has to suddenly manage a home and I’m starting to realize that the key to that is allowing myself to be imperfect.
Recognize that you are going to need to lower your standards.
Recognize that you are going to need to lower your standards. You can’t do it all, and you have to prioritize. It’s okay if your house looks messy at some points in the day—it’s what happens when kids are running around and playing with toys, which is how they learn things like responsibility (and how not to make a mess). But a clean home should be where they get straightened up before leaving for school or after coming home from their after-school activities (like sport practice).
It may seem like a lot of work at first, but as long as they understand why certain areas need extra attention and don’t complain about it too much then there shouldn’t be any issues!
Let go of perfectionism.
Let go of perfectionism.
It’s not possible to do everything perfectly, so don’t bother trying. If you try and fail, it’s okay—you’ll still have learned something from the experience!
You might be thinking that letting go of perfectionism means giving up on your goal of keeping your house clean and organized, but that isn’t true at all. In fact, letting go will help you feel more relaxed about cleaning as a whole because now you know that there are no expectations for yourself or anyone else involved with keeping things tidy in your home (including toddlers).
Get some help from family and friends.
You can also ask friends and family to help with childcare. If you’re in a good position, this can be an amazing opportunity for you and your child to spend time together as a family.
You may have friends who are interested in learning more about how to take care of babies/toddlers, or maybe they want to get into the cleaning business themselves! Whatever it is that helps them feel like they are contributing towards taking care of their own family member will be appreciated by all involved.
Make a schedule of chores for the week.
The first step to cleaning your house is making a schedule of chores. While it may seem like the easiest thing in the world, scheduling your tasks can be difficult if you have a toddler and full-time job. However, this will help ensure that you get everything done on time and don’t miss any important events in your kid’s life.
Here are some ideas for how to create a weekly cleaning schedule:
- List all the things that need doing around the home (cleaning grout lines between tiles, washing windows) and write them down on an index card or piece of paper so they’re easy to find when needed later on! Then choose one day per week where these tasks will be completed; this way they won’t be forgotten about over time!
- Break down each chore into smaller steps until there aren’t any longer than 15 minutes long which makes them easy enough for toddlers who may not know what exactly needs doing yet anyway so why should it take too long?
Make use of all available time slots.
Don’t just fill all your evenings with chores, think about what will be accomplished when and make a plan.
- Make a schedule for the week. This will help you keep track of what’s happening and when, so that the whole family knows what chores need to be done and don’t get forgotten. You can also use this time to plan out your day and weeks in advance, so that everything is ready when it needs to go out the door.
- Schedule tasks for each hour of each day (or night). This will ensure that every minute counts towards completion of one task or another—and not just because they’re busy with other things but because they’re tired! It’s important that children understand how much work goes into keeping their house clean—and why it needs doing at all times throughout the day instead of just after dinner like some parents might think.
Delegate as much as possible.
One of the best things you can do to keep your house clean is delegate as much as possible. This sounds simple and obvious, but it’s often hard for parents with full-time jobs to ask someone else to help out with chores when they need it.
If there’s something on your list of chores that needs doing but isn’t urgent enough for you or your partner, then put it on hold until you have some free time later in the day or week—or just set up a recurring appointment where someone else can see what needs doing and take over from there.
This way, everyone gets more satisfaction from their work by being able to do something other than what they already do all day long at work: cleaning! And while this might seem like an extra step after finishing one task (like putting away laundry), it’s actually less work overall because now we don’t have two piles growing bigger every single night as stuff gets forgotten about again after being taken care off once yesterday afternoon before bedtime tonight…
Don’t let yourself get distracted by social media or other things while doing chores.
One of the best ways to keep yourself from getting distracted is by not letting yourself get distracted. If you’re starting to feel like a housekeeper, there are a few things you can do to keep your focus on what needs to be done:
- Don’t let yourself get distracted by social media or other things while doing chores. Reddit is definitely my weakness, so I make sure not to check my phone until I am done with my chores.
- Don’t let yourself get distracted by other people who are helping out around the house. They might be nice but they also could distract you from focusing on maintaining order in your home!
Give yourself a break! You are already doing so much.
- Don’t beat yourself up.
- Don’t feel guilty.
- Don’t be too hard on yourself!
- Remember to take care of yourself, too!
- You can reward yourself for doing a good job (or not!) in the form of treats, TV time or even a nice meal out with friends!
You can keep your house clean at a manageable pace even with a toddler and full-time job.
You’ll be surprised at how much you can get done with a toddler and full-time job. You may find yourself doing the dishes, planting flowers in your garden, and supervising potty training.
But remember: it’s not all about quantity; it’s also about quality. That means taking breaks every hour or so when your kid needs attention for something else (like eating or sleeping). You should also plan ahead for any task that takes longer than 15 minutes (for example, vacuuming) so that there’s always someone available to help out if something goes wrong in between tasks like changing diapers or cooking dinner—which will happen often when more hands are needed around the house!
If you follow all of these tips, you will be able to keep your house clean with a toddler and full-time job. Remember that it’s not easy, but it’s doable!
And if you’re looking for something to help you manage your cleaning schedule, here’s a FREE editable Google Sheets template for you to download. I hope it helps. ‘Til next post, bye!