If I take the time to vacuum and pick up clutter during the day, chances are it will re-appear as soon as school gets out and backpacks, flyers, shoes, and toys are in the mix.
I’ve also found that I am that much more behind in the morning if I am cleaning up last night’s mess.
So I save a lot of my “tidying up” for the evenings when the kids are in bed and start out my day feeling ahead of the game. My husband works at night and so when his shift changed, so did my schedule. I really don’t care for his schedule and look forward to the day he goes back to a 9-5 so that we can see him more so we try to make the best of it right now.
Cleaning at night actually saves a lot of time. The biggest advantage for is the lack of distractions. Phone, preparing meals, etc.
Here is how I do it:
Just remember to keep moving. Don’t get distracted by checking Facebook or texting. It’s only 20 minutes or so and if you push yourself it is also a great work out! Think about it, running up and down the stairs to put stuff away, pushing the vacuum, wiping counters. You’re burning calories and getting a clean house!
If I’m still feeling energetic after power cleaning the house I will try to do one more household chore that I would normally have done during the day. Some things can be cleaned during the day and they stay clean longer. Like bathrooms, etc. It’s the clutter that seems to take over quicker. I don’t have to deep clean often because I try to maintain it. Clorox wipes are my best friend. A quick wipe down every other day keeps dust, hair, and the stickiness out of the bathrooms, on the floors, baseboards and counters.