A Busy Parent’s Guide to Hacking Your Cleaning Routine

April 12, 2022

Claire Hebert

Claire Hebert

Do you have a lot on your plate as a parent? Is it difficult to keep up with the clutter in your home?

Keeping the house tidy before everyone gets home from school or nursery may be a full-time job. But, thanks to a few tricks you’ll be able to carve out some additional time to keep your house in order. 

A cluttered home may be quite stressful. There’s the anxiety and overwhelm of constantly having it on your to-do list but never getting around to it.

Let’s face it—life moves fast. 

Between your various roles, both at work and home, you probably feel like you’re constantly on the go. And when you finally do get a break from your wild schedule, chances are you don’t want to spend it deep cleaning your house. 

Sound familiar? Fortunately, there are ways to get a deep clean without having to spend hours scrubbing every inch of your home.

So, how do you proceed? 

Hack your cleaning process by putting up an orderly strategy that keeps you motivated while also getting your house clean in no time.

Plan Your Cleaning Schedule

When your calendar is jam-packed, how do you deep clean your house? The most difficult component may be fitting extensive cleaning into your schedule. Having a game plan in place will make getting the work done much easier, whether you want to do the entire house in one day or spread it out over several days.

To ensure that your entire house is cleaned, schedule the times you plan to clean on your calendar and stick to your plan as you go.

This is a list of the basic tasks that you can complete on a weekly basis and then assigned to whichever day of the week makes the most sense to you.


  • Monday – plan the week’s meals, clean out the fridge, and collect trash
  • Tuesday – clean bathrooms
  • Wednesday – laundry & bedrooms
  • Thursday – kitchen
  • Friday – floors & dusting
  • Saturday – swing day/catch-up day

Just One Thing

We may not always have enough time to complete all of our tasks, but we always have time to accomplish something. What would you do if you just had one cleaning task to complete today? Decide on your Just One Thing and be satisfied once you’ve completed it.

By the end of the week, if we get one thing done per day, we’ll have accomplished quite a bit.

Use a Timer

Cleaning can be accomplished by taking advantage of little pockets of time throughout the day or performing routine fast cleans at the end of a day or activity.

Set a timer for twenty to thirty minutes and clean as quickly and thoroughly as possible until the timer goes off. When we have a limited amount of time, our minds go into overdrive. We don’t spend as much time making decisions as we should and instead focus on getting the job done. We’re also more motivated if we know when a task will be completed.

Get Everyone Involved

Cleaning together can become memories of being together! If you want to keep the house clean get your partner, kids, dog, and everyone else involved. Turn on something you love, strike up a conversation, and cherish these simple (even if chaotic) moments of teaching important life skills. They’ve got to pitch in and understand that keeping the house clean is important and everyone must be involved.

Get the little ones to help you pick up their toys and books. Ask your husband to help you with the dishes and clean the kitchen every night. 

Put Everything Away After Use

A parent’s hack everyone swears by is to always put things away right after using them. 

Consider how much less mess and effort you’d have if everyone in your house simply put their items away after they’d been used.

Developing that habit requires time and effort. It’s simple to enter the house and simply drop the jacket on the floor. Alternatively, instead of picking up all of the toys after playtime, leave them on the living room floor.

But the truth is that you’ll have to put the items away in any case. So, rather than waiting until “clean up” time, do it throughout the day.

Clean As You’re Cooking

Cooking dinner when you have little kids to care for can be challenging. 

No matter how complicated a meal you are cooking, there will always be a mess. 

Rather than piling up your dishes and cleaning them when you’re done, clean as you go. It will save you a lot of time and effort. You can even speed things up by having your kids or partner assist you clean while you cook. Don’t forget to clean that oven afterward, too!

Empty The Dishwasher ASAP

Get into the habit of emptying the dishwasher as soon as the drying cycle is over and your family will be able to place their dishes directly in the dishwasher keeping your sink and counters clean and clear!

While you are a busy mom with a lot to do, the extra 2 minutes to empty the dishwasher can make a surprising impact at the end of the day.

Do One Load of Laundry Per Day

Are you tired of doing laundry for the entire weekend? Take on the laundry pile one load at a time, and you’ll be surprised at how much more freedom you’ll have at home on weekends.

Declutter while you clean

Hands down decluttering is a game-changer.

As a working parent, you will never get a handle on the house if it is full of junk, toys, clothes, and clutter. If you have been feeling overwhelmed by your messy house this is where you need to put all of your efforts right now.

Your house will feel much nicer and tidy once you’ve gotten the clutter under control. Then, rather than constantly picking up, you’ll be able to spend more time cleaning.

Two children helping a laughing mother vacuum under a carpet.

Do A “Ten-Minute Tidy” Each evening

In addition to your naptime responsibilities, set aside 10 minutes soon after the kids have gone to bed to tidy up any leftover debris. Put away dishes that have been allowed to dry on the counter, organize paper clutter, and put away wayward cars that have been discovered sticking out from under the couch whatever it takes.


Stop being hard on yourself! 

You’re doing the best you can with what you’ve got. That is your remedy for a clean enough house when clean enough has to be good enough!

I hope you will find it beneficial as well.

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