We have been living as though we are still in the quarantines and lockdowns that were imposed early during the pandemic. Even as things open up and people get the vaccine, it hasn’t seemed worth it to risk returning to normal quite yet.
When my children are in virtual school and homeschooling, I teach online classes from home. We have become very accustomed to being around one another, and we have learned more about each other. We have learned the best times to be together, when we need time apart, and how our different standards of cleanliness can impact our day.
Being home together this much means that any wear and tear on the house becomes much more noticeable. Keeping the house clean is a family endeavor, but a lot of the time, it falls to Mom to be in charge of those things. Featured today, I’m sharing some items that I tried out that are helping us improve our time at home. These helpful supplies even helped get my child’s rooms ready to share in a room tour video!
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Simplifying the Cleaning Process
With everyone at home, it could be possible to clean all day. Even as a stay at home mom, that’s not a good use of my time! Simplifying the cleaning process matters. One way to do this is to ask everyone to look around before leaving a room and to pick up anything that is theirs.
Another idea is to get a DreameTech robotic vacuum. In the past several weeks that I’ve tried this out, it freed up many hours. When my children run around with the puppy, or they snack here-and-there, or they trek dirt indoors, I don’t have to stress about how long it will take to clean up the mess. The robotic vacuum can even use a mop attachment. To prepare to vacuum, I tidy up dog toys, and I move any furniture that’s in the way. Then the vacuum works its magic!
Completing Small Repairs
Small repairs can start to look worse overtime if they aren’t fixed. Making a list of repairs can help with making sure that the items get completed. Sometimes, that list can seem so long and overwhelming that it can become easy to be frustrated with anyone who created the wear and tear in the first place.
Even though we moved into a new home only two years ago, wear and tear can happen quickly, especially with a puppy around. One of the things we liked about our home when we moved in was how nicely staged it was with new paint. Unfortunately, the previous owners didn’t leave a can of paint for us to touch it up. With the Color Reader EZ, we can match the color of paint.
There are similar programs out there that are free. Something neat about using this device and its accompanying app is that we can find coordinating colors for the rest of the house. I like that you can choose complementary colors that are more muted as well as colors that offer a bigger contrast depending on your personal style.
Stocking up on Home Cleaning Supplies
One way to encourage the family to clean is to have cleaning supplies easily available. It helps to have extra paper towels or wipes under sinks so children can do some chemical-free cleaning.
I also like to switch up the hand soap we’re using to help inspire clean hands too. My latest soap is Baylis & Harding, which comes in interesting scents, like Sea Kelp & Peppermint and Lemongrass & Ginger.
Not only does the soap feel and smell great, but the containers also look beautiful in our bathroom! This was remodeled shortly before we moved in. It’s more inspiring to keep the area looking its best when we have nicer products like this soap.
Keeping our home together can be a challenge. As a stay at home mom during these times, it can become easy to hyper-focus on cleaning and home maintenance. However, my mission this year is to focus on enjoying life as a family, not cleaning up after the family! Hopefully these tips will help show ways that I make cleaning less of an ordeal.