A clean house and homeschool is a dream of every homeschooling mom in the world. What have you done? How do you do have a clean house and homeschool?
As a homeschooling mom of four I understand the demands of having a clean home. In fact, I might even take it a bit further and say that I need organization and a clean home. But, that is just the OCD in me. After each child I have become less and less organized, and my time for cleaning has been shortened! We homeschool from 9:00 am-3:00 pm. This does not leave a lot of time to do any homemaking or tune my cleaning skills.
As a homeschooling mom of four I understand the demands of having a clean home. In fact, I might even take it a bit further and say that I need organization and a clean home.
But, that is just the OCD in me. After each child I have become less and less organized, and my time for cleaning has been shortened! We homeschool from 9:00 am-3:00 pm.
This does not leave alot of time to clean, but neither do the weekends. Here are a few things that I do to keep my home “company ready”. As a former owner of a cleaning business I picked up a few tips here and there!
1. Grab and all purpose cleaner.
I use Windex and a vinegar spray because I can use it anywhere to make something clean and shiny. It also smells good and helps to get away any kitchen odors leftover from cooking bacon or broccoli. If you don’t want a store bought cleaner you can make your own with just one cup of vinegar and fill the rest of the bottle with water. That will also save on money.
2. Pick an area. Set a timer. Clean.
Don’t worry about having a cleaning schedule. Just pick a room that you think needs to be cleaned. Start at the top right hand corner of the room and work your way around clockwise. Use one rag and one bottle. Go from top to bottom and hit everything in your range. When the timer goes off, then stop. Usually I will clean a room for 20 min. at a time. That is about how long I have between interruptions.
3. Have a set day to do floors. Mop and Vacuum on the same day. The entire house.
The only thing that is really scheduled for my cleaning is the day that I do floors. When I consider a clean house this should take at least an hour because I complete the whole house at once. To me it is most important on the list. My kids still play on the floor or when company visits they look at the floor. So A clean house to me means clean floors and bathrooms.
Floors are the one area that I spend time on because they are only done one day per week. I pick everything up so that there is nothing in my path. The easiest way I have found to vacuum efficiently and quickly is to start in the back of the house and vacuum each room. Then when I hit the kitchen and our laminate floors I change the tool on the vacuum and clean those all at once.
Mopping has become so much easier since I switched to a flathead mop. I just wet the mop (use hot water), spray the floor with my cleaning solution (large spray bottle from Dollar Tree mixed with water) and work my way from the laminates in my hallway to the kitchen and finish up in the sunroom. Having a set path and routine when vacuuming or mopping helps to save time. Time is of the essence when you homeschool. Homeschooling is a very important part of our day, and it does take priority. But, since I have started my 20 min. a day our home is picked up at least once a day and clean enough.
Do you have any cleaning tips that save you time? How do you homeschool and clean?
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