Now that all the fun of Summer and Summer travel is over, we can start looking forward to the crisp & cool Fall days. For me, Fall means cleaning out and starting over. So today I am sharing some tips for fall cleaning for busy Moms.
As a full-time working outside the home Mom, it is hard for me to find time to do some much needed Fall cleaning. I come home tired and sore, and all I want to do is put my feet up and rest. Or pretend that I am back on an island with my husband. But coming home to a messy house is stressful, which I am sure you can relate to. Keep reading to find out how you can change that.
Decide What You Want To Accomplish With Your Fall Cleaning
Before you start attacking your home for Fall cleaning, take a moment to sit down and figure out what your end goals are for your Fall cleaning. Do you want a full-cleaning or just enough to be able to maintain? Is this the best time clean out closets and drawers?
Whatever you decide is your priority should guide you in making your plan for your Fall cleaning. Knowing what you want to do before you start will help cut down on the stress for busy Moms.
What This Post Doesn’t Cover
This post will not give you a step by step guide for cleaning each and every room. Since each person uses different cleaning products, has different size homes, has a different amount of rooms, there is no one-size-fits-all cleaning method. As a Mom, you already know how to clean, you just need a starting point to begin.
So now that you know what to expect, let’s being with the steps you will be taking for making your plan for Fall cleaning.
Take A Few Moments To Survey Your Home
Take a look around and decide which 3 rooms will be your focus for your Fall cleaning this year. The rooms that you don’t get to can be done when it is time for your holiday cleaning, or you can designate them “if there is time leftover” rooms. Your main goal is not to get overwhelmed with the Fall cleaning for busy Moms plan.
One of my priorities has always been my entry way, but yours may be different. And that is totally ok! You need to decide what are YOUR priorities and work from there.
Oh, in case you were wondering, Fall cleaning the kitchen and the master bedroom are my other 2 rooms that are my top priority. After that, it is the 3 bathrooms and the living room. We tend to keep the living room fairly organized, so that one is a “get to it as soon as I can” room.
Make Some Lists And Set Your Priorities
Grab a piece of paper(one for each room) and head to each room. Look around, and jot down notes. Do the windows need to be cleaned? What about the closet? Is it scary under a bed or dresser?
Whatever you decide is most important in that room will become your “must-do” tasks. This is also a great time to look around and see what repairs may need to be done. Is the door squeaky? Does it seem like a window is leaky? This is a great time to get these items fixed before the Winter weather sets in.
By setting up small tasks for each room, you won’t get so overwhelmed. Hopefully, most of these tasks can be completed in 15-30 minutes after dinner.
Use This Time To Declutter Problem Areas
This is a great time for you to declutter a room. Clothes you aren’t wearing? Fold and bag them, and put them in your car to take to a local donation center. Find things that are broken? Toss them in the garbage now. Haven’t use it for 5 years? Donate or give them away.
By cutting down on the clutter, Fall cleaning will become easier each year, and easier to maintain over the course of the year. You will especially appreciate that when the busy holiday season is upon you.
I have to admit that decluttering is not my strong suit, but I have made it a priority for this year. If I don’t really love it, then the item is going to find a new home. Perhaps it will bring joy to someone else.
Remember That Fall Cleaning For Busy Moms Is Not A Sprint
I can’t stress enough that you can’t expect to get it all done in one day, or even one week. Ideally, the complete Fall cleaning of these 3 rooms should take you about 2 weeks.
Before you get upset and think what?!?!?, remember this: small steps over a longer period of time means that you are not physically exhausted when you finish. I don’t know about you, but it is hard enough on me to work outside of the home. Being tired just intensifies those feelings and paralyzes me where I can’t do anything.
So that is why I can relate that Fall cleaning for busy Moms can be difficult if you are dealing with other feelings as well. So hopefully these tips will help you, and reassure you that you are not alone in feeling the way you do.
Look Up To Start
Always start from the top of the room when you do begin cleaning. Door jambs, ceiling fans, and HVAC screens are often forgotten when you do your regular cleaning. A Fall cleaning is the best time to pay close attention to these forgotten areas.
If you have a lot of fuzz or dust, it will fall down while you are cleaning. It is much easier to vacuum up at the end when you have completed your cleaning. After all, only having to do things once will definitely save you time and energy.
I also take this time to look up and appreciate my blessings of having my home to clean in the first place. I also take the time to pray for each of the rooms and the family members who use them. I know that this is not for everyone, but I like to share this inspiration with others.
Enlist The Help Of Your Family During Fall Cleaning
This may be harder when you have really little kids. For the older kids, helping to vacuum & dust, or put things away serves two purposes: you get some help and they learn some responsibility.
Enlist your spouse to help move furniture to clean and vacuum or carry heavy things to the car or storage area. Everyone learns how to clean and maintain your home, and they tend to keep it neater once they realize how much work goes into making it clean.
We all know this picture is an exaggeration, but when you have small kids, it is probably partly a reality. And one of the reasons Moms get so overwhelmed when it comes to cleaning!
It is so easy to get overwhelmed when you hear that others have their Fall cleaning(well, any cleaning for that matter) in hand and under control. But remember, what your neighbor does is not what is best for your family. By keeping that in mind, you can do what is important to you as a busy Mom.
Products To Help You Rock Your Fall Cleaning
Here are some great products to help you on your Fall cleaning journey. These are my affiliate links and they allow me to get a small portion back from your purchase. It doesn’t cost you anything extra, but you can read more here.
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