Stress free Cleaning Tips for Busy Mums

When you work and have children, cleaning can seem to be a never ending job that is impossible to get on top off. The first thing is to realise is that your house is not going to look spotless while the children are awake. In fact, it probably won’t look spotless when they are in bed. However, by being organised, you can feel as though the housework is manageable.  So here are my stress free cleaning tips for busy mums.

Tidying and Cleaning in the Evening

Anyone with children will know that there isn’t much point trying to tidy while they are playing because as soon as you put a toy away, they will be at the other end of the room getting more out. It is frustrating and exhausting. So, I wouldn’t even bother tidying toys while they are still playing. Even the ones that they’re not using because you know that as soon as you put a discarded toy away, they will suddenly want it.

However, if they are happy playing after dinner, it is the ideal time to sort the kitchen out. Load the dishwasher and put it on (so you can empty it before bed and have clean dishes for the morning) or do the washing up, dry it and put it away. Wipe down the table and the worktops. Sweep the floor and mop if needed. (I sweep it every day after our meal but only mop when it is dirty.) Finally, empty the bins and, if it’s bin day the following day, put the outside bins out onto the street. That’s it. One lovely looking kitchen and probably achieved in less than twenty minutes.


Next is the lounge, but only if it is nearly bath or bed time, as I have explained that there is no point doing it too early in the evening. Depending on the age of the child, they can help to put the toys away with you. Then just a quick tidy of anything else that may be out and in the wrong place – mugs, books, newspapers, pens etc. Again, this shouldn’t take more than twenty minutes.

The only task left is the hovering, which I do every day, but your house may not need doing that often especially if you have a smaller family or no pets. I only do downstairs every day as that is where we spend the time and the dirt gathers, so it takes just ten minutes.


Tidying and Cleaning in the Morning

The next morning, everything will still be clean and tidy when you get up so you aren’t starting the day with a mental list of housework that needs doing. With the focus being on getting to school and work, there won’t be a lot of time to make a mess before going out. Just a quick clear up of breakfast, dishes in the dishwasher or washed up, toys away and dirty clothes in the washing machine. This should take no more than twenty minutes of your morning.

Weekly Clean

cleaning-381087_640 (2)As well as doing a daily clean in the evening, I also do a weekly clean, which is when I will give the bedrooms, bathrooms and other rooms a thorough going over as well as the dusting, polishing, woodwork etc.

In the same way that there’s no point doing the daily cleaning before the end of the day, there’s no point doing the weekly clean before Sunday afternoon or evening. Any earlier, it will be messy before the end of the weekend and you’ll end up re-doing it.

Keeping to a routine means that it becomes a habit and less of a chore.

This post is an extract from my free ebook – Feel Less Frazzled – which you can receive here.

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14 Comments on Stress free Cleaning Tips for Busy Mums

  1. Desperate Cleaner
    January 15, 2016 at 7:53 am (3 years ago)

    After reading this I felt like the laziest person on Earth. Thanks for sharing how you do it, I think I must re-evaluate my cleaning techniques. As someone already said it is important to have your routine and follow it.

  2. Kerry
    November 2, 2015 at 2:41 pm (3 years ago)

    Brilliant tips! I do try to keep up with this but it is so hard sometimes when you just want to rest haha!
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  3. BloggerMummyLauren
    November 1, 2015 at 4:47 pm (3 years ago)

    You sound very organised with your cleaning, I need to take a leaf out of your book for sure! Thanks for sharing your routine, I might give this a go next week .I’m terrible for staying on top of the house work!
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  4. Becky, Cuddle Fairy
    November 1, 2015 at 11:20 am (3 years ago)

    You have a great routine here, it’s actually a lot like my own. I tidy in the evenings & my 3 kiddies help. I do a weekly clean as well. There’s no point trying to tidy during the day as you said, it will just get messed up again which means you are wasting your time. x
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  5. Emma T
    October 31, 2015 at 9:30 pm (3 years ago)

    I’m certainly lazy in comparison to this. I begrudge cleaning all the time especially when the OH brings in muck off the farm as soon as I clean.

    I tend to do my cleaning on a Sunday morning, get it out the way early so we can enjoy the rest of the day and relax in the evening.
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  6. You Baby Me Mummy
    October 31, 2015 at 8:12 pm (3 years ago)

    I need much more of a routine like yours, it can be so difficult to keep on top of things, especially if you have pets. Great tips x
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  7. Lianne
    October 31, 2015 at 10:06 am (3 years ago)

    My routine is very similar to this! I think its important to have a routine as it could all build up and get too much! #weekendbloghop
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  8. Erica Price
    October 31, 2015 at 8:55 am (3 years ago)

    Some good tips. I now try to do my cleaning mid week while my son’s at school, because that seems easier.
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  9. Joanna @mumbalance
    October 30, 2015 at 8:32 am (3 years ago)

    House chores can definitely feel overwhelming. And you are right, finding a system that works for you will make it feel manageable.
    I don’t do as much cleaning as you do – I’m particularly bad with floors – but there’s only three of us.
    I’m hoping we’ll buy a dishwasher before my second baby is due in January, as this will make cleaning the kitchen a much quicker job.
    Thanks for sharing your tips!
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  10. Morgan Prince
    October 29, 2015 at 5:57 pm (3 years ago)

    Some great tips here. I do my cleaning first thing in the morning, that way my evenings are free for the family. 🙂
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