Cheat Sheet for Cleaning: Get More Done in Less Time

Get more done in less time; Cheat sheet to help you clean house!

Does keeping your house clean often feel like a never-ending battle? As if the kids don’t bring in enough dirt, then there’s usually pets (if you have ’em). That’s why you definitely need a cheat sheet when it comes to cleaning!

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He’s cute but he sure makes it hard to keep the house clean!

Having toys scattered about in the evenings or mail strewn on the foyer table is one thing, those are picked up quick enough, but I cannot – DO NOT – handle dirt/dust/grime. For one, I have serious dust allergies (something, I fear, I passed down to my children). Second, if I don’t find the time to tidy up during the week, the cat hair and dog dust threaten to fuse into one giant super beast and frankly I already have enough mouths to feed.

In order to best tackle the “every day” stuff – without getting caught up in trying to do too much at once while accomplishing nothing – I suggest you use either a whiteboard or a laminated sheet like the one below:

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Each day has 3-6 tasks to be completed. Saturday and Sunday have a bit more because there’s obviously more opportunity to get things done on those days.

By breaking things down into easier-to-handle tasks, you’ll be able to accomplish a lot more without feeling like you’re wasting your evenings or losing sleep trying to keep a tidy house.

You might have noticed that “oatmeal jars” is one of my Sunday tasks. If you have yet to discover the joy that is this breakfast beauty, please check out my Quick Breakfasts post. They take all of 20 minutes to prep, they’re healthy, and you’ll be set for breakfasts for the week!

Another great tip is that if it can be done in two minutes or less, do it now. You’ll be surprised at how much easier cleaning will feel if you break things down and tackle the tiny stuff over a week’s time.

What sort of “cheats” do you have to tackle your household chores? Do you have any tips on how to encourage kids to get involved and help keep things clean?

 

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8 Comments

  • Chelsea Reply

    I’m impressed that you vacuum daily!

    • Thrifty Guardian Reply

      My toddler “helps” and by helps, I mean he yells at me until I vacuum 😉

  • livebysurprise Reply

    I just don’t put away laundry until I really have to. And even then…

    • Thrifty Guardian Reply

      Haha yeah laundry is definitely my biggest struggle!

  • book_mom1 Reply

    I’m finally getting back into the swing of things after being sick for two months and I have to agree a cleaning schedule is a major help. Without some sort of timeline for when I need to do what I think I’d be pulling my hair out trying to play catch up on two months worth or cleaning.

    • Thrifty Guardian Reply

      I know what you mean! We battled a stomach bug last weekend and rsv this weekend. If it weren’t for the schedule I keep, the stress of it all would’ve done me in for sure!

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