Cleaning tips are essential for us all, especially time-crunched parents. In this post, I will share some cleaning tips to cut down your housework time.
Since becoming a mom, corner-cutting has become my specialty. Obviously keeping things sanitary is important, but if there’s anything that can lighten the cleaning load, I’m all in! Here are some unconventional chores to STOP doing right NOW. The result? More time for the life you love!
1. Washing Dishes
Say whaaaaa?? How can I possibly stop washing dishes?
I did not own a dishwasher until my first baby turned one. And before then, not a single paper plate graced the dining table (that I remember). Honestly, I don’t know how I did it! But I know I spent a LOT of time at that sink that could have been spent cuddling my little one.
After my second was born (and post-dishwasher), I embraced the beauty of the disposable plate, bowl, and cup. I used to feel a twinge of guilt throwing all that garbage away. Not anymore! Listen to the reasoning of Jeff Bredenberg in How to Cheat at Cleaning:
Washing a load of dishes in the dishwasher uses up several gallons of water and the energy to heat that water, plus it requires the use of cleaning chemicals, which get flushed away with the water. If the use of disposable plates and cups allowed you to run your dishwasher every other day instead of every day, you would save at least 1,600 gallons of hot water per year.
You can still be environmentally-friendly too – there are biodegradable options available! Check these out!
I’ve also noticed that I cook at home more often when I use paper plates. When the dishes are piled sky high, I’m much more likely to say, “Let’s order a pizza tonight.” So really, using paper plates has helped us save money and be healthier by eating out less!
If using disposable plates gives me more time to play with my kids, indulge in a hobby, and embrace life, I’d say the trade-off is definitely worth it 😉 Ditch the guilt… AND the dishes!
2. Shopping for household supplies
Ahhhh, Amazon. How I love thee. The past 3 years, my Amazon Prime membership has been worth every penny. The money I’ve saved on gas, the stress I’ve avoided by not having to shop with my kids, the fun of shopping in my jimmies – none of these are to be overrated.
The fact that they have pretty much everything you could ever need (with the exception of perishables in most places) is pretty cool. The prices are comparable to what you would pay at the store, without the work! I love getting vitamins, supplements, and natural products there. I’m also a pretty big Kindle book junkie.
Now I’ve found a new company to love for my household supplies! It’s called Grove Collaborative. All their supplies are nature-friendly and their service is super convenient. Their site makes it easy to find and ship the household items you use on a regular basis, from detergent to shampoo to toilet paper.
And get this… with Grove, you can actually score all your household items for FREE. What?!
Here’s how it works: Sign up with them and place an order, and they’ll give you $10 to spend. If you refer a friend and they place an order, you get an additional $10 added to your account. For every friend you refer that signs up and places an order, you get $10 worth of products! Think of all the money you could save!
I also love how they also sneak extra “goodies” into the box. My last box, I got a mint + chia lip balm I adore and some natural cleaning sponges for FREE. Yup. Check Grove out here!
3. Ironing & folding (almost) everything
Ironing stinks. Whoever said that clothes had to be wrinkle-free had it out for us mamas. Life is too short!
So be smart when you are clothes shopping – try to get wrinkle resistant items if possible. You can also do the “shake and fold” method my friend Louise told me about. If there is something that needs to be wrinkle-free, take it out of the dryer immediately, shake, and fold or hang.
Read this post about how I stopped folding underwear, kids’ clothing and kitchen towels to save time. I still love doing this!
I recently tried the same experiment with children’s blankets and bath towels. I just put the clean ones in the closet without folding, and it works! It depends how much closet space you have, though. I want to try the same thing with sheets. My philosophy is: if no one can see it, why fold it??
I hope at least one of these cleaning tips can help make your life simpler!
Comment below: what chores do you “cheat” on?
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