John Heywood got it right when he said, "Many hands make work light." Moms may not have much sleep, energy or time, but they do have access to lots of little hands. Here's how other moms put their kids to work to make cleaning go faster:
Supposedly, multitasking isn't productive, but millions of moms beg to differ. Mother of three Sarah Christofferson agrees. "Really, it's all about efficiency. Doing three things at once is a must. I never leave a room empty handed. As I go from space to space, I'm always grabbing something to bring along and put away. I have no wasted trips. Also, I keep a dust rag and cleaning supplies in multiple areas of the house. That way, they're easily accessible for spot-cleaning when we have a free moment, like when the kids are brushing their teeth."
Use the tools you have available for more than their stated purposes. Busy mom Liz Trotter touts the benefits of using the dishwasher for more than just dishes: "You can load it up with all sorts of items like stove grates and knobs, globes from light fixtures, kitchen sponges and ice dispenser grates." Using the dishwasher this way cuts down on labor and time spent cleaning.
Combine tasks to speed up the cleaning process. For instance, Natalie Streber combines her shower time with cleaning time. "I clean the shower while I'm taking a shower and at the same time I fill up the separate tub and soak it with bleach. After my shower I wipe everything down and I'm done."
If you dread the time it takes to deep clean your house, you may just need a few tips for speeding up the process. Three ingenious moms share their tips for cleaning up especially tricky situations:
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