3 Cleaning Tips for Busy People

Looking for some simple cleaning tips for spring?

This is a great time to get some things done around the house. The weather is (mostly) nice, and the kids are spending a lot of time outside playing. While they’re outside, why not try to be productive inside?

What’s the best way to get your spring cleaning done?

Marie Kondo says, “If something doesn’t bring you joy, toss it.”

In the art of Munkensmat, you only keep ONE thing in an area and set the rest on fire with a flaming arrow. (Any “Brooklyn 99” fans out there?)

In our house, we tend to just hold on to things, well… forever. We don’t really have a system. But, for the sake of my sanity, here is how I plan to get a little spring cleaning done considering I have 2 small children who exhaust me and don’t leave me with too much free time.

Fair warning: This is like, dumbing it down to the extreme, but that’s what a mom’s brain needs sometimes. We are smart. We are capable. More importantly, we are brave in the face of poopy diapers and pint-sized dictators. But man, are our brains tired.

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My top 3 cleaning tips

Like I said, it’s best to keep it simple. Moms carry way too much stress as it is, and the last thing they need is an enormous, overwhelming cleaning project. Keep reading to find out the 3 easy ways I get things done when my kids are chaotic.

Step 1: Come up with an overall goal.

What does spring cleaning mean to you? Is it just a little more floor space opened up? Do you want to totally reorganize your closets? Is it scrubbing every last inch of your house til it glistens? What are you trying to accomplish?

Example: For me specifically, we’re moving some time this coming fall/winter, so I want to begin the weary process of decluttering, room by room.

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Step 2: Make a list of all the spaces in your house. Simple enough.

Include everything. I mean everything. Rooms, closets, attics, crawlspaces, storage nooks. The whole shebang. This will give you an ideas of all the potential projects you might need to undertake.

Step 3: Start with one space on your list.

Write down specific goals for that space, and set aside even 10 minutes a day until you can considered it accomplished. Then cross it off with pizzazz and move on to the next space.

Pro-tip: THIS IS CRITICAL.

I am saying this because my heart overflows with love for you, and doing this will come back to bite you in the ass and lead to nothing but frustration. I am all about the temporary shifting around of clutter and things.

But do not, and I repeat DO NOT move clutter back to a completely de-cluttered room. That shit has to go somewhere. Maybe designate one closet in the house you don’t care about, or a crawl space/attic, or start a donation pile in the garage. But ultimately, like I said, that shit has to go somewhere. If you re-clutter a de-cluttered room, why we even doing this, buddy?

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You got this.

You ARE going to de-clutter your house. But it takes baby steps, and checking things off lists at your pace. I mean, my house isn’t on like some tour of homes for rich people. I have an almost 4 year old and a 2 year old. And damn it, I’m tired. So give yourself some grace, make a to do list you can live with and stick to, and just take it 10 minutes at a time.

Let’s face it, in the time you spent reading this, you could have sorted through some toys, am I right?

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What room of your house most needs to be cleaned? Let me know in the comments below, and make sure you share this post!

Try out these cleaning tips, and you might be surprised how your mind feels “cleaner” too!


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51 thoughts on “3 Cleaning Tips for Busy People”

  1. Danielle Wilson

    Thanks so much for sharing these tips. We used to hold on to a lot of stuff but now that my kids are older I’m all for purging and tossing stuff away that aren’t meaningful and no longer serves a purpose.

  2. These are some great tips. I need to do some spring cleaning too. My daughters room is getting redone, so now is a great time to get some other cleaning done too.

  3. Parenting with small kids is exhausting! These are great tips no matter what phase of life you’re in. Moving clutter is a big waste of time and energy. I feel like I moved several tons of it in my lifetime.

  4. yes, It’s the right time to do some cleaning. Yesterday we did some and I definitely feel better when I see more space in my room and less things!

  5. Love this! I have a similar post where “write it down” is pretty much #1 LOL. You can get so much more done when you know exactly what you want to tackle. Great suggestions!

  6. I love your pro tip! Piling stuff you have worked hard to clean out from one or multiple spaces into another space is not the way to go.

    When I declutter, I immediately take out all the resulting trash and make piles of stuff that I want to give away in my linen closet.
    Thanks so much for sharing!

  7. Oh man, I hate cleaning. These are great tips! I do what I can. Sometimes cleaning doesn’t get done, but I don’t stress about it. So long as our home doesn’t look like a hoarders home, I’m good to go.

  8. Oh gosh, I remember moving clutter back into a decluttered room LOL It was when I was first living on my own. I don’t do that anymore cuz I’ve learned. These are great tips, I myself used the Marie Kondo method and it really helped me a lot. I didn’t follow the process entirely as the show demonstrates but I used the principles and I call it tidying mindfully. I have a whole blog post on this actually, and I like your ideas as well. Especially good for a family with growing kids.

  9. This post is exactly what I needed to read right now. My husband and I are moving to a new house on Monday, and between cleaning out the house (the sellers lefts us all sorts of gifts to clean up including cat vomit and crayon drawings on the walls) and cleaning out our apartment, we’re both feeling completely overwhelmed! But like you said, we need to take things one step at a time. And we certainly can’t get away with pushing clutter around (it has to go into the trash or a box, and pushing it aside to deal with later is not going to help). Thanks for the great post!

    1. Free cat vomit?? You lucky lady! LOL. Good luck with moving. It’s such a stressful process. Glad you found these tips helpful! Thanks for reading as always πŸ™‚

  10. I love these tips! I especially like the one about writing down every single section – I did it one year when I was giving my house a deep clean and it worked so well! Even though you’re ticking off the tiniest areas, it spurs you on to get more done. Thanks for sharing! x

    1. That’s what I love about it! Even if you start with a tiny closet, you can check it off and feel good about yourself. Thanks for reading πŸ™‚

    1. No problem! I’ve been doing my darnedest to stay on top of things, but these little ones thwart me at every step. LOL. Thanks for reading!

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