Disclaimer: Its not actually possible to deep clean your home with two toddlers in tow. Therefore it is wise to do small things every day as part of a cleaning routine. However, if you are forced to clean up the whole house in one day here’s how I do it. (My kids make big messes every day so I’m always cleaning.)
- First, I recommend taking a thirty minute break or so, just to mentally prepare yourself for task(s) ahead.
- Set the kids up with some screen time if you allow it. I am trying to keep screen time to a minimum so I let them play in their mountain of toys until I’m ready to tackle that room, which is the living room and the main part of my house. It never looks like I’ve done anything until the absolute end. Ugh.
- Change diapers and give snacks (no chips!! Those end up smashed into the carpet) right before beginning.
- Turn on some music or use your headphones. Try listening to an ASMR video while cleaning. It might change your world.
- Walk around a bit or stand amidst the mess and just marvel at it for a moment. The popcorn on the floor, the window that’s smeared with something, the sticky habdprints on the fridge door. Resist the urge to quit before you even start – sometimes the hardest part.
- Follow this order to a degree: kitchen first (I usually wipe the kitchen down before bed so that its easier to clean up after breakfast. It doesn’t always get done though. Pick up all garbage and take it out. Wash dishes and put away. Start a load of laundry. Fold those clothes on your “clothing chair” (I know you have one). Put folded clothes away and dust. Change sheets after spraying shower and toilets with cleaner. Wash glass surfaces, wipe down and clean toilets/bathroom(s), and sweep. I also have to vacuum. Then, mop or swiffer.
- Check on the kiddos often! While you scrub the toilet they could be coloring on your couch or something.
- Keep them in the room with you if you can and encourage them to help with picking up their toys or dusting the coffee table.
- Accomplish one task (or room) and give yourself a pat on the back. Take a cofee, tea, or Red Bull break and get back to work before you decide to give up.
- Pro tip: always multi-task and never leave a room empty-handed!
Good luck! I’m off to vacuum up some of those chips I was talking about.