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The Sneaky Ways Lazy Moms Clean

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Do you love having a clean house but can’t find the time to get everything done? Maybe it’s time to take some inspiration from the ways lazy moms clean. After all, all the productive cleaning hacks in the world will only get you so far….

sneaky ways lazy moms keep a clean house

I enjoy cleaning and love the refreshing feeling of admiring vacuum lines, sparkling mirrors, and squeaky clean floors. Unfortunately, with two kids and a farmer for a husband who tracks in dirt like it’s his job, as a busy mom, I don’t have the time to devote to deep cleaning my house on a daily basis.

This is amplified by the fact that cleaning with a little kid at home has become a waste of time, considering that my daughter loves smashing her breakfast (raspberries, blueberries, and a banana – a little rainbow mashed into the clean grout). Meanwhile, my son loves using his window markers on my clean sliding glass door. 

My dark carpet thankfully hides crumbs, although the kids aren’t the culprit eating in the family room (my husband tends to make bigger messes than the kids).

Instead of fretting over a dirty house (or stressing because my clean house gets dirty faster than Lightning McQueen can race around the track), I’ve had to make a few changes to my cleaning policies. While I hesitate to call myself lazy, desperate times call for desperate measures!

Here’s a list of my favorite “lazy mommy” cleaning tactics.

Get the kids to do it

In addition to training your kids to pick up their own toys, get your kids to help. My kids Swiffer the floors to earn their toys back, and we spend quality time together as they help fold laundry and dust. 

Give kids their own age-appropriate chores that they can do themselves, like making their beds, setting and clearing the table, and collecting the garbage.

Only clean what’s necessary

Today, I had the brilliant idea to wash the mirrors in my home. As soon as I was done, my daughter walked up to the clean mirror and gave her reflection a giant, sloppy kiss. When my brother was little, he walked around the house behind my mom as she washed the windows “helping” (his version of helping was spitting in the windows and then wiping them with his sleeve). Not only did my mom need to rewash the windows, but she also had to do more laundry!

Wash things like windows as infrequently as possible. I wash the windows in my house before Christmas and before my son’s birthday in June. Other than that, I only wash windows if necessary, like when the kids color on them (and even then, we “enjoy” their artwork for at least a week).

Focus on the high-traffic areas of your house, like the entryway, kitchen, bathroom, and living room.

Have the proper cleaning supplies

Invest in quality over quantity

I don’t recommend running out and arming yourself with every cleaning tool created (that’ll just add to the clutter). Quality tools go a long way to making your job easier, though. I love this mop. Although it may cost slightly more than other mops, it lasts forever and the heads can even be tossed into the washing machine.

E-cloth microfiber cloths are also washable (toss them in your next load of laundry and then reuse them for 300 washes), so they make an excellent addition to your cleaning caddy. I use them in the kitchen, in each bathroom, and for dusting.

Use multi-function or all purpose cleaner

Multi-function or dual-purpose products are handy. Swiffer dusters can be used to clean the ceiling fans in the bedrooms, and then run along the baseboards and door frames. In minutes, the bedrooms are dusted.

Instead of buying millions of products that you’ll only use on one thing, try to find multiple uses for the same product. 

I use straight vinegar to clean windows, glass, and the TV, a vinegar and water mixture to clean the floors, and then I also use a spray bottle of vinegar and this Dawn dish soap to clean the shower. 

Another great option is using microfiber cloths around the whole house.

  • I love this set for its versatility.
  • This cloth does an excellent job on my kitchen counter and on dirty dishes.
  • This cloth replaces the need for paper towels to wash windows and glass surfaces.

Microfiber e-cloths are an easy way to clean a messy house fast.

Store your tools where you use them

Keeping products within easy reach is also a necessity. While there’s something to be said for reducing the number of cleaning supplies that you use, the convenience factor weighs out in this round. 

If I have a spare second, I like to be able to quickly wash the bathrooms. I use Lysol wipes, which I keep in a cleaning caddy under the bathroom counter. My bathroom can sparkle in minutes! It may not sparkle as well as it did pre-kids when I actually had more than 30 seconds to devote to cleaning, but at least I know the splatters from my son’s toothbrush escapades are gone.

Work in shifts

Cleaning in batches is a huge time saver. 

For those times when you actually need to clean the windows, I find that doing a couple at a time if you have a spare 15 minutes can make a big difference. I start with the kitchen window, and then do others whenever I get to them.

I also do this when cleaning the entire house. Since most people don’t go in the bedrooms, focus on the main living area and leave the bedrooms for another day.

Get this whole home mom cleaning schedule to organize your cleaning to-do list. It has tasks broken down by when you need to do them – weekly, monthly, or quarterly – as well as by room, so you can always have an impeccably clean home.

Limit the dirt that comes into your house

We have a no shoes in the house policy, which helps to reduce a lot of the dirt, leaves, and germs entering our house. I shudder when I think of all the places that I wore my shoes (public bathrooms, doctor’s offices, and farms aren’t exactly appetizing ingredients to have on a kitchen floor).

This rule also applies to clothes after the kids have been playing in the sandbox or the farmer cuts the grass. Everything has to come off before entering the house (just remember to keep a spare set of shorts near the door if you have guests over 🙂 ).

I’ve also found that sweeping the garage and front porch regularly helps to reduce the amount of dirt entering our home. Especially when the leaves fall off the trees (for those of us who live in a four-season state), it makes such a difference when you have a clean entrance to your home.

Cleaning is a necessary evil, but there are ways to minimize the hours of work you spend doing it. 

It’s nice to view your home as a sanctuary, but that’s difficult when you can’t walk across the kitchen floor without squishing Cheerios or crunching across dried leaves. When you have kids, any amount of cleaning improves the situation. Clean your house the way lazy adults do and be done with it!

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