A newborn baby adds an exciting aspect to a mother’s life – cuddles and coos, diapers and baths, feeding and napping. Unfortunately, while all your attention is spent on your precious new arrival, your other responsibilities still exist: laundry, dishes, sweeping, mopping, dusting.
Getting housework done with a new baby can be a challenge, but with these tips and tricks it is not impossible.
Plan and Prioritize
The first step in organising your housework is to make a list of what needs to be done. You can make a list room-by-room or sort the tasks by what needs to be done daily, weekly and monthly. If you can never be that organised, you can simply make a to-do list each morning for the housework tasks you want to complete that day.
When it comes to prioritising what needs to be done, begin with the chores you haven’t done in a while. The laundry can wait one day if the floors have not been swept in a few.
Ditch the All or Nothing
Don’t try to do everything at once. You may think it’s pointless to scrub the toilet unless you have time to clean the entire bathroom. This mode of thinking will prevent you from completing any chores. Do what you can, when you can.
Every single little task you can complete is a step toward keeping your house clean and organised.
Do Like a Kangaroo
You may be thinking that these tips are all great and good, except you have a tiny person that requires your undivided care and attention. While you can take advantage of naps to complete chores, you may want to reserve that time for your own rest and care.
Consider wearing your baby in a carrier or sling while you sweep, mop and even do dishes. There are multiple benefits to baby-wearing apart from getting your housework done. Studies have proven that baby wearing also strengthens the bond between parent and child and aids in cognitive development.
Find or buy a sturdy plastic basket – this is now “The Basket”. Clear clutter quickly by putting stray items in the basket to put away later. This helps to clear areas for sweeping, mopping and dusting – otherwise you may find yourself focusing more on organizing and putting away the clutter than completing other chores.
Ask for Help
Mothers should be multitasking queens who are capable of caring for a baby, herself, her family and her home, right? No. There is no shame in asking for help, whether it be from your partner, older children, family or friends.
You don’t necessarily need to recruit others to do the cleaning for you. Ask friends and family to spend time with your little one while you get caught up on your house cleaning.
This article was written by Jane from Simpo Cleaning Sydney. A full time house cleaner and also mother of 2, she loves writing parenting articles in her free time if she’s not spending time with her children.