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April 2018

How To Clean When You Are Overwhelmed with Housework

Feeling overwhelmed with housework is really common and there can be many reasons you may be struggling to keep on top of things at home . in this post we will discuss simple steps to take to help you with the struggle of everyday chores. We will give you some simple tips to follow to even make a tiny dint in your todo list.

If you are feeling overwhelmed with a messy house and are wondering how to clean a very messy house in one day, stop right there! It didn’t get messy in one day so you’re sure as heck not going get it tidy in one day. Drop the perfectionism and let’s get real about your expectations!

Jump in where you can,  just start, every little bit helps!

It’s ok not to have a show home,  and we will show you how just the simplest of jobs can help you stay on track.

You don’t need to be perfect or get it all done at once just do what you can!

 

What to do when you have no motivation to clean.

There can be many reasons you can’t get motivated to clean your home and get overwhelmed by housework.

  • Financial stress
  • Family problems
  • Ill health
  • Depression
  • A busy job
  • A new baby
  • Lack of help and support
  • Busy social life
  • After school activities
  • Demanding hobbies
  • Working away
  • Disabilities
  • Illness in the family
  • Chronic pain
  • Overwhelm
  • Dislike of cleaning

Finding cleaning motivation when you are in one or more of the above situations can be very frustrating and it is easy to get overwhelmed by housework and cleaning.

How to stop being overwhelmed with housework.

The first thing to do is to recognise what is holding you back and making you procrastinate.

Take a piece of paper and write down the thoughts which spring to mind when you decide you don’t want to clean.

We all have inner voices which make us procrastinate and destroy our motivation to do housework and clean.

  • There’s so much to do
  • I don’t know where to start
  • It’s not my mess
  • I haven’t got time
  • It’ll just get messy again
  • I hate cleaning
  • I won’t get it all done
  • I’m exhausted
  • I can’t put the baby down

If any of those seem familiar to you, you’re not alone.

 

 

I have no motivation to clean because there is always too much to do.  This is a common excuse and one which is destroying your motivation to clean.

Yes, there is too much to do, it didn’t get in a mess in one day and it certainly isn’t going to get clean in a day, and, it definitely won’t get any cleaner unless you start to clean, today!

 

I’m overwhelmed with housework and I don’t know where to start.  There’s no correct place to start cleaning but there are areas which are a higher priority to keep clean

  • Food preparation areas
  • Communal areas
  • Anywhere small children and babies play and eat

 

It’s not my mess I’m not cleaning it.  Sure it’s tough living with a bunch of messy people, I’m the first person to understand that with my messy lot!

However, you need to weigh up whether you’d rather prove a point and wait for whoever made the mess to tidy it up or deal with it now and enjoy relaxing in a clean environment.

Everyone has different standards of cleanliness, you included, and if their standards aren’t as high as yours, you might just have to suck it up and deal with it. I’m guessing that you would prefer your house to be tidier because you’re reading this post!

It’s always wise to start your kids tidying up after themselves, it teaches them self-respect for themselves and respect for other people in the house, it teaches them that you are all part of a team and everyone has a part to play within that team. click here for an age-appropriate chore chart for kids.

 

 

I haven’t got time for housework We all have 24 hours in each day, its what you chose to do with those hours that really counts. There are the important hours you spend on things  like;

  • Work
  • Family commitments and family time
  • Sleeping

and there are leisure hours which you might spend on

  • Hobbies
  • Socialising
  • Social media
  • Television
  • Gaming
  • Reading

Take a pen and jot down how many hours you spend on the first three items above. If you’re committed to  30-60 hours a week at your job, you’re probably going to need to draft in some help with the cleaning chores. Ask the family to chip in with more jobs or consider hiring a cleaner if your budget allows you to.

If you’re spending all your time running around after your family there may be very  little time for you to find time to clean, sometimes swapping childcare with another mum in the same boat can help so you can each get some time to clean, but more often than not mums of small children find time when their kids are sleeping to do their cleaning routine.

After you have established how much free time you have got left you can jot down how many hours you spend doing activities on the second list.

If you have a hobby which takes up a huge amount of your time you may have to devote at least one hour a week to clean your house and establish a routine to keep on top of the daily chores which need to be done,  the same would apply if you spend a vast amount of time socialising.

If you are spending a huge amount of time on social media, gaming and TV you can read my post here about switching off and getting things done!

Social media really can be a time drain, try to limit your social media intake to a set time every day after you have done your chores you’ll be amazed at how much time you save and how much you can get done in that time.

 

It’ll just get messy again and I don’t like cleaning!  That’s no excuse to procrastinate, get up and get it done!

 

I’m so overwhelmed with housework and  I don’t know how to start cleaning my house.  Start with a little at a time, by following the steps listed below and you can beat that procrastination!

 

I don’t know how to motivate myself to do housework. Nobody ever gets it all done, because as your clearing up one mess someone else is probably making another one somewhere else! Establishing a solid routine which you can follow every day will be better than expecting to clean it all at once.  Be realistic about the size of your house and the amount of free time you have,  be kind to yourself and stop beating yourself up about getting it done in one go.  Remember that even a professional cleaning company would have to send in a crew of cleaners to get it clean before the end of the day!

 

I’m too tired to clean the house. If you’re suffering from ill health, are working long hours or are looking after loved ones with no time to yourself this will be a reality for you. Just do what you can, concentrate on self-care first, make sure you’re looking after yourself and try to create a basic routine to keep on top of the important jobs.

 

I can’t put the baby down to get cleaning Having a new baby or toddlers in the house is a huge challenge, spare time can be non-existent. Concentrate on creating a routine that will cover all the essential jobs first and don’t stress if you’re not getting as much done as you need to, it’s just temporary!

 

 

Depression and housework

If you are suffering from postnatal depression or have been diagnosed with depression please seek help from a medical professional before following any advice in this post.  If you feel you are too depressed to clean, try to ask for housework help from family and friends. When you have depression housework can make you feel even more overwhelmed, try to keep on top of the basics such as dishes and tidying up so you are not having to too much in one go. Worrying about how to do housework when depressed can make you feel worse, try not to put too much focus on being perfect and just keep up with what you can, whenever you feel you can manage it.

 

Housework motivation

If you’re a stay at home parent and all your children are all at school full time , use that time to think about  housework as your job , commit to working in your house for a few hours a day, getting organised and on top of the household chores before you spend time on any social media activities. Learn how to manage housework by creating routines.

 

How to get motivated to clean when overwhelmed by mess.

  •  Get organised and establish routines, having a good routine is the foundation for keeping your house clean. It can be very easy to be overwhelmed by a disorganized house. I have written a few posts about how to create a good routine, to get you started you can  read how here, then you can have a go at creating your own routines to fit in with your schedule and commitments.
  • Write a list and start. I find that having a list allows me to prioritise the jobs I need to get done and makes it easier to know where to start cleaning, I use my list as my personal motivator to end procrastination and get some motivation for housework!
  • Set a timer, there really is nothing better than a timer to give you the motivation to clean your house. the beauty of setting a timer is that you can set it for as short or as long a  time as you can spare, you can set it as many times as you like for as many jobs as you’d like. I usually set mine for 15 minutes as I find that this gives me enough time to make a difference to the task I’ve chosen without giving me burnout and overwhelm. If I want to carry on after the timer has ended I just set it for another 15 minutes.
  • Listen to music. You can really get motivated when listening to your favourite tunes, put on the earphones and get cleaning!
  • Listen to an audiobook this is one of my favourite things to do whilst cleaning, as I don’t have any time to read anymore since the kids have come along, so I like to listen to self-help, motivational and classic books whilst I’m working and cleaning, learning while working kills two birds with one stone an makes for a productive couple of hours!
  • Listen to a podcast. Podcasts are another fabulous way to pass the time when you’re cleaning, just search for your favourite subjects and listen to the hundreds of free podcasts waiting for you.
  • Make your own cleaning products. Often the cleaning products we use can be full of chemicals and can be bad for our health when used over a long period of time. I like to make my own cleaning products using essential oils, this allows me to chose my favourite scent such as peppermint or lavender to make beautiful cleaning products at a fraction of the cost of shop bought products. To download our free cleaning recipes click here to sign up for our updates and access to our soap scum remover, and peppermint glass cleaner recipes.
  • Use the best tools. If you want to cut down on your cleaning time you need to get savvy with cleaning techniques. Using the correct tools for each job will help you whizz through the dirt in a fraction of the time, read which tools I keep in my cleaning kit here. I  talk you through the tools and products I use to cut through the crud in a whizz!
  • Concentrate on one room only to clean, put the radio on, listen to some music and decide to clean two things in the room. Don’t stop until you’ve done those two jobs, next time you set the timer,  choose another room to do two jobs in. Choosing one room to clean unburdens the guilt of not being able to clean the whole house. It allows you to prioritise the important jobs and helps you to only pick jobs you’ve got time to finish. Switching rooms stops you from getting overwhelmed by the mess in one room. if you feel like doing more than two jobs, carry on but be careful not to burn yourself out!
  • Keeping the kitchen, living room and bathroom clean and tidy can have the biggest impact on your home. If you are choosing one room to clean then these rooms should be your top priority. These are the rooms which have the highest traffic and are ones most often seen by visitors, so if you are feeling overwhelmed, try to prioritise these rooms first.

 

 

 



 

 

 

How to keep up with housework while working full time.

How to clean a messy house step by step

  1. Clear the trash. Grab a bag and go through the room throwing out any rubbish, papers magazines and junk.
  2. Tidy the toys, use clever storage to hide away toys such as large baskets or chests.
  3. Get rid of any laundry, fold and put away any laundry hanging around. For tips on how to keep on top of the laundry click here.
  4. Clear the floor, pick up everything off the floor ready to vacuum or mop. Put away anything that doesn’t belong in the room.
  5. Clear the surfaces as much as you can and put everything away. declutter where you can.
  6. Clean the surfaces starting clockwise move around the room
  7. Clean the windows 
  8. Vacuum or mop the floors
  9. Put away any dishes
  10. File any paperwork.

I hope you’ve now got some new motivation for housework and are ready to clean!

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How To Make Amazingly Quick And Easy Kids Soup

Did you know there may be up to 2.6g of salt in some of the most popular 400g cans of  kids soup? Which is just under half of the recommended daily amount for an adult. I can think of no better reason for adding your own homemade soup to your list of freezer meals.

We have come to the end of our meal planning month and it wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t share a few of my favourite super simple kid friendly soup and sauce recipes with you.

The reason I love these batch cooking recipes is that they need very few ingredients, are very simple to cook and are great for freezer meals. Which makes cooking in bulk even simpler!  Because these great kids soup recipes are full of vegetables they make the perfect kids soup to serve when they get home from school.

I’m not the best vegetable chopper in the world, so I prefer to shred, mash or crush my ingredients instead of chopping whenever I can,  it saves me time, especially when cooking sauces and soups where the ingredients will be blended together at the end anyway!

Soups are great comfort food, healthy and convenient, that’s why I’ve included them in my batch cooking recipe ideas, they are also perfect to take to work in a food flask for lunch, or Tupperware if you’re lucky enough to have a microwave at work! Soup is a great alternative to sandwiches at lunchtime as it cuts down on your bread intake.  Kids soup is a great way to get extra vegetables into their diet if their school dinners aren’t very nutritious.

Don’t forget to adjust all the recipes if you are batch cooking large amounts!

Roasted Pepper and Tomato kids soup

Did you know there could be up to 5 teaspoons of sugar in one 400g can of popular cream of tomato soup?  That is a scary thought, isn’t it?

With this delicious four ingredient tomato soup, you know exactly what ingredients you’re adding!

To make the tomatoes easy to peel, score them well, then place them in boiling water for a few seconds, if you struggle to get the skin off them the first time,  plunge them again, the skin should slide straight off providing you have scored it well.

If you’re short of time you will need to make sure you grill the peppers until the skin is nearly black, this enables you to peel them really easily when they are cooked.

Don’t waste time chopping and peeling the garlic get a garlic press which does both jobs in a fraction of the time, crushed garlic also adds more flavour to the dish. I like this one from good grips, click on the picture below to get it!leek and chickpea kids soup, garlic peelers


Don’t be tempted to skip peeling the skin from the tomatoes and peppers, it’s worth the extra effort to get a really delicious smooth soup.

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Chicken noodle kids soup recipe.

This is one of the best kid friendly soups to serve on a cold winters day with dumplings. You could substitute the chicken for Quorn for a vegetarian kids soup. If you’re short on time or out at work all day, this kid friendly soup can be made in the slow cooker with a little bit of tweaking! For the best results try to use homemade stock as you can control the amount of salt you use, often stock cubes have a high salt content.

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Simple pasta sauce for kids.

Did you know there could be up to 6 cubes of sugar in one of the most popular shop bought jars of pasta sauce? So, there is every reason to ditch the jars and roll your sleeves up!

This is a super easy stir in pasta sauce for kids and is perfect to make ahead and freeze. It’s super sticky and naturally sweet, but it has none of the unhealthy ingredients usually found in shop bought sauces, and kids love it!  It always goes down well when I have kids over for playdates and I know I’ve given them a healthy pasta sauce rather than an unhealthy pasta sauce for kids from a jar.

There are literally only three ingredients in this pasta sauce and you can make as little or as much as you need. If you are short of time you can pierce the tomatoes instead of cutting them in half.

When the tomatoes are quite soft, crush them with a fork to release all the sweet juice.  l like to stir grated feta cheese into the pasta along with this sauce as the flavours blend together so well and produce a delicious creamy pasta sauce. Leave out the feta if you prefer a healthier option!

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Leek and chickpea soup for kids

My kids love coming home to this delicious leek and chickpea soup in the winter and I know always that it is not full of salt and preservatives.

If you cook the leeks and garlic over a low heat for a long time they go deliciously sweet and that’s what gives this soup its unique homecooked flavour that kids love. It makes the most delicious homemade winter soup for kids packed full of vegetables.

Mash the chickpeas and potatoes together then add as much water as you need until you reach your desired consistency. My kids love a thick chunky soup, and this is definitely one of their favourites.

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I use a soup maker to make soup for kids even simpler!

This model only takes 21 minutes to cook soup from start to finish, and you can choose from chunky or smooth settings. The soup maker is easy to clean, really convenient to use, takes up very little space in the kitchen and also makes juice and smoothies!

Click on the link below to get it!

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If you’ve got any tips or questions about batch cooking or meal planning drop us a line in the comments!


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