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An Evening Cleaning Routine Created For Busy Mums

Cleaning the house is a chore right? And when it gets too much its a job that can leave you feeling more than a little bit overwhelmed! But did you know that by following a simple cleaning routine in the evening, you can keep your house looking sparkling with minimal effort? Read on to find out how.

laundry on a chair as part of a cleaning routine
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As a busy Mum myself, I know how you feel. As soon as the evening rolls around, you just want to get the kids to bed, sit down in front of the TV and chill out for a bit. The last thing you want to do is to start cleaning the house!

I also know that when you come downstairs in the morning and the house is a mess, it makes you want to go straight back up to bed again and hide under the covers.

But, fear not! Having a simple evening cleaning routine can take you next to no time to do, but produce amazing results.

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An evening cleaning routine can help you to keep on top of things, and keep everything organised. It can even help to stop that surprise visitor panic (that we all know and love) in its tracks!

A cleaning routine doesn’t have to be difficult, and it doesn’t have to take up all of your evening. In fact, it can even be done while you’re doing other things.

In this post I will take you through all of the small jobs that you can get done, room by room. Start with just a few, and slowly work them into your routine.

A quick and simple evening cleaning routine

Clean up in the kitchen

In a busy family home, the kitchen can end up looking a bit of a state by the evening.  With breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks all taking it’s toll, the clutter can start to pile up.  And it’s definitely not a room that you want to put off doing.

Here are the things that I do every day to keep my kitchen looking clean and tidy for the next morning.

  • Get rid of any leftover food – either by putting it in the fridge or putting it in the food waste bin
  • General tidy up on surfaces
  • Put away any washing up on the draining board
  • Wash the dishes or load the dishwasher
  • Wipe the surfaces and any high contact areas (cupboard doors and fridge doors)
  • Sweep the floor

Doing the kitchen takes me around 20 minutes on average.  It always seems like a big job, but once I get started it all gets done pretty quickly. I do wash by hand though because I don’t have a dishwasher, so that takes up the majority of my cleaning time.

If you only do one room, I’d say that the kitchen is the most important.  It’s so nice to come downstairs in the morning and see everything clean and tidy and ready for a new day.

Simple evening cleaning routine for the bathroom

As with the kitchen, a family bathroom can get quite messy with showers, bath time, and general use throughout the day.  A quick wipe over in the evening can really make a difference between deep cleans, and it’s so quick to do.

If you have older children that can happily sit and play in the bath without you holding them, then bath time is a great time to clean.  Grab a cloth and give everything a wipe over and a freshen up.

The main areas I usually focus on are the sink, bath and toilet. It only takes around 5 minutes to do and it really makes a difference.

These areas usually accumulate dust, soap marks and toothpaste, so giving them a wipe over will keep them looking clean and fresh.  You can also do this while you’re taking your make up off or before you brush your teeth in the evening.

Living room declutter

Toys, blankets, magazines and books can certainly clutter up your living room during the day.  But don’t let that mess get the better of you!

An easy way (sometimes) to make a start on the tidying is to get the children involved. Challenge them to put their toys away and see who can do it the fastest!

Once the kids are in bed, a quick tidy up can leave the room feeling calm and relaxing, instead of cluttered and stressful.

Keep it simple and stick to the important bits:

  • Put any stray toys away
  • Straighten throws and cushions
  • Put books and magazines where they belong

A helpful tip I’ve picked up recently is to never leave a room empty handed. If you’re heading into the kitchen or the bedroom, then have a think and see if there’s anything that you could take with you.

The living room usually accumulates everything, so moving little bits like plates or cups when you’re getting up anyway can help a lot.

Bedroom tidy up

Bedtime is the perfect time to give the bedrooms a quick tidy up. While the kids are getting their pajamas on and getting into bed, have a scan of the room and see if there’s anything that needs to be done.

Getting the little jobs out of the way can take a huge weight off your mind:

  • Hang up or put away any clean clothes
  • Move any dirty clothes on the floor into the washing basket
  • Put toys and books away
  • Lay out school uniforms or outfits for the next day

Evening entry way cleaning routine

The entry way is an area that is often forgotten about when we’re going about our daily routine.  Going out and coming in multiple times a day means that our shoes and coats usually just get thrown wherever there’s a bit of space.

Taking the time to tidy up your porch or hallway can make it easier to leave the house in the mornings.  When you know where everything is, and you can easily find it, you can get out of the door a lot quicker.

Spending 5 minutes to straighten shoes and bags and put coats on hooks can save you so much valuable time when you’re trying to get everyone ready in the morning.

Starting an evening cleaning routine might seem like a daunting task, but once you get started, you’ll find that it gets easier and easier. Start slow and see how it goes. It’s all about what works for you and your family life.

Do you have an evening cleaning routine? If you have any tips to share, I’d love to hear them.

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