Keeping a clean house when you have kids running around seems nearly impossible. My child is an expert at making messes. He seems blissfully unaware of the amount of mud he tracks in from playing outside, the food that never makes it to his mouth and the crayon drawings that go way waaaaaay out of the lines. That’s childhood though, right? Kids are just too busy to worry about what’s gonna stain their clothing or spill on the floor.
I don’t love cleaning, but I do like to keep the house neat and tidy. I sleep better at night knowing things are put away and I’m gonna wake up to a nice clean home. However my little crumb tornado leaves a trail of snack cracker dust on the floor and funky fingerprint marks on the walls so cleaning daily is a must. Thankfully I’ve found a few things that make dealing with these small disasters a lot easier. Here are a few cleaning essentials I stock up on when we do our bi-weekly Costco run.
My Costco Cleaning Supplies List
- Swiffer Sweeper Wet Cloths I love my Swiffer almost as much as I love my husband. Just kidding, I definitely love my Swiffer more. Seriously though, the Swiffer has to rank as one of the top ten greatest inventions for moms. I often wonder how our mother’s didn’t go completely mad wringing out dirty mops everyday.
- Swiffer Dusters. Another ingenious product that makes my life easier. Slip one of these on the stick and it magically grabs all the dust, reaching into all the hard to reach spots.
- Tide Pods. Not only are they perfectly measure so you don’t have to worry about too much or too little detergent, these little pods are powerful! I can toss one in with a load of juice stained shirts, mud marked pants and they all come out like new.
- Mr. Clean Magic Erasers. I can’t figure out these guys get tough to remove marks off your walls, floors, countertops and everything in between. It truly is like magic. I’ve used them on endless crayon marks, stubborn stains on the the kitchen counters and “well, that’s there forever” trouble spots in the bathroom and they all disappear.
Tips for Keeping a Clean House, even with Toddlers
- Keep a basket in each room that you can use to quickly pick up things scattered about at the end of the day.
- Make a ten minute clean-up schedule to tackle the most aggravating messy spots in your house. If you can’t stand the kitchen being a mess then designate that ten minutes everyday to at least tidying up that space. Keeping one room under complete control will make you feel much better than trying to tackle it all at once.
- Clear floors and clear countertops are easier to keep clean. Store anything you don’t use on a daily basis away and keep your everyday areas clear of clutter. Less to dust, less to put back when little hands rearrange the house.
- Rotate toys. Instead of letting your little one drag out every toy they have, limit their play to a bin of current favorite things. When they are through encourage them to put the toys away in the bin and make it a daily chore.
- Let it go. At the end of the day what really matters isn’t how clean your floors are or how spotless your kitchen is. They are only little for a little while, make the most of your time and don’t stress over the mess.
- Get a maid! There are house cleaning pros that will clean your house for you and it won't cost you loads of money to get them either! It's a great way to reduce stress in your life because it's one less thing to worry about.
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