Top Tips to Keep On Top of Housework with Kids


Whether you're a stay at home parent, work from home parent or a full-time working parent, I'm sure we can all agree that housework is never-ending. There's always some washing to do, some toys to keep or some bits to hoover up. We all want less time tidying and cleaning and more time spent with our little ones. It can be draining having to do the same thing on a daily basis, but there are a few simple things you could do to help you keep on top of most of the housework and ways to involve your little ones too. Vileda recently asked me to share some of my top tip and as a big fan of their products, here are just a few of my tips to help you;


1. De-Clutter
Set a date once every month or two months to de-clutter the whole house. Having a set date each month can help you prepare yourself ready for the big de-cluttering. This could be getting rid of clothes you haven't worn for months, old letters, removing old boxes and possibly getting rid of old toys too (more about that below).

2. Tidy As You Go
This can be said easier than done. However, once you get the hang of it, it will become a good habit. If you see something that needs picking up, putting away or cleaning, do it there and then. The longer you wait, it piles up which means more time will be wasted on tidying.

3. Make Lists
In the morning or the evening before, write a to-do list of the things you want to do the following day. The list could include mopping the floor (the Vileda Easy Wring & Clean Turb is perfect for mopping floors), hoovering the stairs, putting a wash on and so on. The list can go on but try and make it short and do bit by bit each day. This will make it less stressful and easier for you.


4. Get Kids to Help Before Bedtime
Get a routine with the kids and do set time where the kids help you tidy up their toys before they go to bed. You could also get them to help you with other little chores such as putting clothes in the laundry basket or on a clothes airer dryer

5. Clean Before Your Bedtime
After settling your kids to bed, you could do the rest of the housework before having a relaxing evening. Before going to bed yourself, why not mop the kitchen floor (or the rest of the rooms that have hard flooring). As I mentioned, the Easy Wring & Clean Turbo[AM3]  is brilliantfor hardd floors and I’m sure the kids would love to have a go!

6. Do The Dishes
If you don't have a dishwasher, like me, wash your dishes straight away. It will make things ten times easier in the end. The last thing you want to do is stand in front of the sink washing dirty dishes. Wash up after you've prepared food and after you've had your food. Another tip from me about this is, every time you wash the dishes, clean the worktops too. Using an all purpose cloth is great for cleaning kitchen worktops. 

7. Put The Music Up and Involve The Kids
Don't get all worked up about not having enough time with the kids or not enough time to do the housework, do both of them together and involve the kids. Add some music to make it a little more interesting and fun. Whether it means putting your baby/toddler in a sling while vacuuming or asking your kids to hoover or mop while you dust the shelves.. When everybody gets involved, you do it quickly while having fun and making memories. 

8. Blitz The Bathroom While Your Kids Bath
While the kids are in the bath, you could clean the toilet and sink. This way you are keeping an eye on your children in the bath, and getting some housework done too. 

9. Prepare For The Morning
A few tips from above, making sure you have a list ready and making sure the housework is done the night before. Waking up to no housework the following day is a great start to the day and means more time to be spent with your little ones, either cuddling on the sofa, reading books, playing toys or going out for a walk. 



I got in touch with a few other parents to see what their top tips are for keeping on top of the housework. Here's what they had to say:

Lisa from MummaScribbles said "I try to use Oscar's lunchtime wisely. I tend to eat when he naps (I use nap time for working), and then when he is busy eating lunch in his highchair, I have a little spruce up of somewhere. It might be a quick sweep and mop of the floors, or a clean over of the kitchen. I keep an eye on him and clean at the same time."

Emily from Babiesandbeauty said: "My toddler always wants to be doing whatever I am. So I try to get him involved, doing little things like giving him a damp cloth, or a mini duster, he feels all grown up and as though he’s doing something special. Works a treat."

Katie from Mummyinatutu said: "Set achievable goals. Don't give yourself too much to do at once and don't put pressure on yourself. Prioritise. The rest will get done when it's done"

Han-Son Lee from DaddiLife  said: "I strategically place wet wipes in almost every room in the home. I find then that any spills and little messes can get cleaned up pretty much no problem!

* This is a collaborative post.
We are currently working with Vileda.
However, all words, images and opinions are our own. 

21 comments

  1. Great tips here - I really need to de clutter, it would help with cleaning a lot more.

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  2. ha, I definitely clean the bathroom when my kids are in there haha. Tow birds and one stone, right? ;) x

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  3. I always clean the bathroom when the kids are in the bath! I try to do their rooms too - every little helps!

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  4. These are fantastic tips. I do follow some of these but it’s so tiring cleaning up again and again after kids make up a mess.

    Fatima

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  5. I struggle so much keeping things clean and tidy with having a 22 baths old and a 4 yr old. Whilst I cook dinner they draw on the wall 🙈 these are great tips.

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  6. I always try and tidy up as we go, but Mia loves to pull all her toys off and leave them over the floor! When she's in bed I get most of the housework done as it gives me a piece of mind it's all clean, although as I'm back to work now the house isn't as messy!

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  7. I used to love helping my mum do the dusting when I was younger :) I had a declutter this weekend and I feel so much better for it too.

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  8. I always try and get the kids to help I must try harder

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  9. My top tip is to set a timer! I think that we go through phases, but I always insist the boys help!

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  10. I love these tips and a few I already do but decluttering on the same date of the month might make me actually do it and stop putting it off!

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  11. I always mean to do some once Isla goes to bed, but I'm so knackered I just want to collapse!

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  12. I definitely need to take note of all these tips. My house is a state at the moment!

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  13. Great tips. I struggle at times to keep up with two kids, a part time job and a blog too!

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  14. Some great tips here - I really need to declutter more though! Thank you for linking up to #KCACOLS and I hope to see you back again on Sunday x

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  15. These are great tips - I find decluttering so therapeutic and really need to do some soon!

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  16. These are great tips. I try to wash the dishes as I finish with them these days as it really is a job I hate. Also, when going up and down the stairs I try to take something with me eg - cup needs to go to the kitchen or a toy needs to go back upstairs. Little and often seems to work best for me #kcacols

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  17. Great tips here, I definitely need to get Freddie to help me a lot more with cleaning the house now he is 8. #KCACOLS

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  18. These are great tips! We love to put on some 80s music and dance our way through the cleaning together :) #KCACOLS

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  19. Definitely declutter as you go. It makes actual cleaning so much easier! #kcacols

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  20. Keeping on top of it alone feels like a full time job sometimes! I like the one about getting some music on and involving them - it makes it more bearable *and* gets them into the habit. :) #KCACOLS

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  21. The best tip I ever heard was - never leave a room empty handed. #kcacols

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