These cleaning tips are meant to help you stay on budget easily no matter how busy you are. Moms who work outside the home, or even stay at home moms with children may find themselves struggling with those regular daily chores. Instead of giving in to the desire to hire help, check these tips first to make the most of your budget and time.
Budget Cleaning Tips For Busy Moms
Create a chore chart for yourself that is divided by day and times.
When you’re busy, it’s hard to find enough time to get everything done. Your to-do list of chores can seem very overwhelming. When you take the time to create a list of all of your chores, you can easily create a chart that will break things down into small increments each day that make it more manageable.
Break down your chore list by daily, weekly and monthly tasks. Things like trash, dishes and general pickup can be done daily. Weekly chores might be vacuuming, dusting or cleaning bathrooms. Monthly tasks can include things like deep cleaning (baseboards and walls), ceiling fans, light fixtures and similar items.
Currently, my weekly cleaning schedule looks like this:
Monday: Laundry day
Tuesday: Bathroom day
Wednesday: Vacuum and wash floors
Friday: Wash sheets and towels
Saturday & Sunday: Catch up days
I find that following this schedule keeps my home presentable especially when I do dishes and tidy up daily.
Make your own homemade cleaning products.
There is a lot of savings in making your own homemade cleaning products. You will always have what you need on hand and won’t have to worry about having to run out to grab more in the midst of a cleaning project. Laundry detergents, fabric softeners, dish soap, sanitizing spray, bleach spray and even shower and bathroom cleaner can all be made with basic ingredients like vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, borax and essential oils.
Related: Here’s how I clean my whole house without harsh chemicals.
Stick to multi-purpose cleaning products.
Instead of buying a different product for each task, find cleaning agents that work on multiple surfaces. This saves you both time and money. Homemade cleaners are a great way to do this, but there are many quality multi-purpose cleaners on the market to choose from if making your own isn’t something you care to do. I happen to really like the Method All Purpose cleaner.
Get the kids involved with some chores.
Children are often much better at chores than you initially think. Assign them a few simple daily chores and hold them responsible for basic things like cleaning their room, sorting their laundry and feeding their pets. They need to learn responsibility for their possessions and the need the help around the house. This is a win-win solution.
Recycle when at all possible.
There are tons of great ways to recycle (or upcycle) that are also excellent cleaning tips for around your home. Things like using old sheets and towels to create cleaning rags, or even using old laundry detergent containers to make your own homemade versions. Recycle when possible to keep your costs low. The bonus is that recycling like this is great for the environment and helps you teach your kids about responsibility in another area of their life.
These cleaning tips are ideal for busy moms on a budget. Think outside the box to get your family involved so keeping house isn’t as huge of a chore when you’re busy with other things in life. Grab supplies and make large batches of homemade cleaners and watch as your home stays clean and your budget in tact.