Cleaning Your Home: Tips from a Busy Mom
I’ll admit that sometimes things get overlooked when things get busy around here. But some things should be priorities right? I’m pretty sure that cleaning your home is a priority on most people’s lists. Well, confession time. There are days when I don’t clean as much as I should. I’m pretty sure I’m not alone.
At least I hope I’m not alone.
Some nights we go to bed with dirty dishes in the sink and toys dotting the living room floor. And in the morning it is all there waiting for me. So I have to deal with it eventually. Which means I’m always look for ways to make it all just a bit easier. I’ve found a few things that work at our house.
Tip #1: Paper Towels Could Save Your Life
We have tons of cleaning supplies but I’ll be honest and admit that paper towels are my lifesavers at least a few times a day. They are quick and easy to use. With a toddler and two dogs running around the house, quick is usually the key to success!
Durable paper towels that hold up are also key. In the past I’ve purchased the cheap store brand towels and I go through them so quickly. But with paper towels like Bounty DuraTowel, I can attack the entire kitchen counter without needing another towel. That means messes are wiped up in one shot before little fingers can get involved.
Although we have cloth dish cloths, I cannot help but think of all the germs that live in them. So when I’m prepping food, Bounty DuraTowel also come in handy for getting things clean without spreading germs.
So yes, paper towels save my life around the house. And I’m also a fan of how thick and durable the Bounty DuraTowel is. I can actually get it wet and use it to clean without it falling apart. That makes it great for wiping little hands and faces! It also works great under a sandwich at lunch when I don’t feel like getting a plate dirty!
Tip #2: Wipe Your Paws
If you live with animals like I do, then you have the added complication of pet hair and paw prints to add to your cleaning routine. Although it doesn’t snow here in the Houston area very often, we do get a good dump of rain through the winter and into the spring. That means dirty dog feet!
It never fails that the dogs come romping inside with muddy feet right after I’ve cleaned the kitchen floor. It’s just one of those things. And it’s another reason I depend on a good supply of paper towels. Wetting down a Bounty DuraTowel to wipe muddy paws and then using one to dry them off has saved my freshly mopped floors a few times already.
So my tip when it comes to pets is to catch them as soon as they come inside. It’s usually worth it to stop what you’re doing and do a paw check. Better yet, teach everyone in the family to do it so that anyone who lets the pets inside can help keep the house clean!
Tip #3: Get the Kids Involved
I’ve found that this tip can be the trickiest. It sounds so easy but it involves giving up some control over how things are done around the house. Before I had W, I was convinced I was extremely laid back. But over the past two years I’ve learned that there are some things I just like to be done a certain way.
But getting W involved in cleaning means it might not go exactly as I might have planned. Still, it’s important to model the habits you want to see your children develop. And it’s important to get them involved. So even if you have to do a second clean up after you let the kids clean up their messes, it will be worth it in the long run!
So take a deep breath, grab a Bounty DuraTowel, and let them clean!
What are your tips for keeping your home clean?
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*1 tsp. spaghetti sauce, 10 mls. coffee, 1/8 tsp. creamer on laminate countertop
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