I absolutely love getting to work from home while building my blogging business! But building a business is a lot of work and requires a huge investment of my time.
Any working mom knows that it can be tough to balance the requirements of work with the regular household duties, like cleaning. That's why I invented a process that I call the "Blogging Mom Cleaning Method!" It's a simple and quick cleaning routine that any mom can benefit from.
There are two things that help keep me motivated to stay on top of cleaning my house. The first is one that I'm sure you can relate to—the unexpected guest.
You know that moment when you are working hard at your computer and the doorbell rings? You weren't expecting any company and your house is a mess. The thought of letting someone in the door makes you want to crawl under your desk and hide, right? My power hour cleaning method will help you avoid that awful feeling, so you can welcome your guest in with open arms.
My second cleaning motivator is to have a house I can easily accomplish what I need to during the day. When my house is a mess it takes me longer to do just about everything. Clutter is a productivity killer so keeping a tidy house is actually good for business and good for your mental health.
Come clean with me
Below I include the details of the working mom cleaning routine that I use to keep my house tidy. However, I also created a video of me cleaning so you can see how it works. You can head to my YouTube channel to watch my speed clean video. Don't forget to subscribe when you are there to see my future blogging life tips!
Now, let me give you a few quick reminders:
- You are not deep cleaning your house. You don't need an entire caddy full of cleaning supplies. This is a quick 'clean it and move on' method to tidying up your house. If you stick with this plan on a regular basis you will enjoy a cleaner house all the time. However, you will still need to take some time separate from this to deep clean periodically. Buuuut if you stay on top of the mess with the Blogging Mom Cleaning Method then the deep cleaning process will go faster as well! It's a win win.
- Remember to delegate. If you have children (even toddlers!) they can help you clean up. And usually the younger they are, the more they enjoy helping. Have them pick up the toys they were playing with or teach them to pick up as soon as they are finished, and life will be much easier. You don't have to do it all on your own.
Ok, there's your reminders and now let's get started.
1. Clean areas unexpected guests will see
The main purpose of the blogging mom cleaning method is to keep the main areas of your house clean. It's a plan that's easy to follow, so you don't have to stress about trying to make every single thing perfect, but you'll still be comfortable if people stop over.
Start on the areas that guests will see when they walk into your house. This is different for everyone depending on the layout of your house. Start at your front door and clean the entryway then move into the rooms that guests will be entering or seeing. This usually includes formal living rooms, family rooms, and dining rooms. Focus on the following things:
- Picking up clutter (this includes toys!)
- Folding blankets and straightening throw pillows
- Quickly vacuum of rugs if needed
- Use a few tissues to wipe down main surface areas for dust
The dining room table tends to be a hotspot for many moms. This area can get particularly messy in my house too because life happens. It's a convenient place to use as a catch-all or work space. Don't waste time being ashamed, just tidy up and go!
2. Tidy up your blogging business space
The next space we are going to focus on is your work area. My desk tends to collect things like school papers and junk mail along with my actual business items. It's important to keep your workspace clean so it's ready to go whenever you are ready to work. The last thing you want is to discover that you have a solid hour to work on your blog during naptime, but you have to spend it cleaning your desk, just so you can start working.
Focus on straightening papers. Eliminate what you don't need and file what doesn't need to be out. Put pens and highlighters back in their container and make sure everything's in its place so you can quickly find it when you need it.
3. Clean heavy traffic areas
Next, move on to those heavy traffic areas of your house. These are the areas that your guests might not see, but that you use frequently like the kitchen. Remember, you are not deep cleaning the room, just keeping it tidy.
Get the dirty dishes either in the dishwasher or washed and put away. Then, give the sink a quick wipe down. Clear anything off the countertops that shouldn't be there and give it a quick wipe down. Replace the kitchen towels if they need it so you will have a fresh one ready to use the next time you need it.
4. Tidy guest bathroom
Everyone loves a clean bathroom. Pop into the bathroom that your guests use and freshen it up. Give the sink and toilet a quick wipe down if they need it. Empty the trash if needed and check the supplies like soap and toilet paper.
5. Make the beds so you can crash later!
I always make the beds every day! This is a simple thing you can do in the morning so that you have a clean and comfy place to crash at bedtime. Once the bed is made I do a quick clean of any clutter on the side tables and call it a day.
If you can stick to this plan you will maintain a clean house that your family can enjoy and that you won't be afraid to welcome guests into. Keeping a tidy house will also allow you to work focused when building your blogging business because your mind will not be distracted by the mess around the house. It's a relatively quick process, but one that makes a world of difference.