Quick Cleaning Hacks for the Busy Family

When I started this blog in 2012, my goal was really to “get my crap together” and get my home in order.  I did this primarily through sewing and going room by room to get organized and put together.  I still do this each year and each season.  I try to plan a spring cleaning and a fall cleaning.  I often will even do a quick holiday cleaning just to get ready for guest and the many visitors during the holidays.  I have found over the years so many great tips and tricks, products and easy hacks that I thought I’d share just a few with you today.

Super quick cleaning hacks that will get your house organized quickly throughout the week.

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Quick Cleaning Hack #1

Vinegar and Baking Soda.  That’s all.

For so many cleaning situations, all you need is a little bit of vinegar and baking soda.  Want sparkling clean cookie sheets?  Make a paste of baking soda and water.  Brush it on your cookie sheets and let it sit 10 minutes.  Add vinegar.  Wipe clean. 

Stinky garbage disposal?  Pour a little baking soda in your sink, scrub what you can.  Add vinegar.  Run disposal.  Voila!  The stink is gone.

Does your fridge have a weird odor and you’ve cleaned it a million times but can’t seem to find the source?  Place a small dish of baking soda in your fridge and it will eliminate the odor.

How about that small stain on the carpet that you can’t seem to get.  Make a paste of baking soda and water.  Scrub it in and let sit for 10 minutes.  Add a small amount of vinegar and suck it all up with your carpet cleaner.  I would advice to make sure to test a small place on your carpet first, just to make sure it doesn’t bleach it.

There are so many great uses for vinegar and baking soda.  The list could go on forever.


Quick Cleaning Hack #2

Join a co-op.

That might sound silly, but if you clean your house and use products regularly, why not save on your favorite products.  There are so many different co-ops out there from Amazon Pantry where you can createa list of your favorite cleaning products and purchase regularly from your list.  To Grove Collaborative where you can have your favorite natural products shipped monthly right to your front door.  Either way, you’ll get a great product and you’ll save money and you don't have to go to the store to grab them each month.




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Quick Cleaning Hack #3

Everything needs a home, even when it isn’t in its home.

You could clean all day every day but it won’t make a difference until everything has a place and is in it’s place.  How do you do this?  I usually take it room by room.  I start with one room and decide what needs a home or what already has a home.  Books need a bookshelf and toys need a chest, box or cubby.  I also like to try and rotate books, toys and games so they don’t get old and keep their conditions a little better.  Make a simple container for your kids’ socks.  You’d be surprised how much easier it is to get them to put them away where they go.

In other rooms like the living room, I usually have a bin dedicated to my kids toys.  That way we can quickly clean up a space if guest are coming or I just have a spot to throw toys when I clean up throughout the day.  Once a week we empty the bin and put them away where they go in the house.  I also love using drawstring bags to organizing my spaces.  You probably have the fabric you'd need in your stash right now.



Quick Cleaning Hack #4

Use what you’ve got.

You don’t have to spend tons of money to get your home cleaned and organized.  Use what you already have.  I seem to always have random bins, boxes and containers that show up or got cleaned out.  Keep them and repurpose them for another space.  Diaper boxes can be covered in contact paper or even butcher paper and used for storage of toys or in a craft room.  Old socks are great for cleaning blinds and windows.  That doesn’t mean you need to keep everything you plan to discard from your house.  But many of the items we use every day can be repurposed and used for another space or project.  Get creative with it.



Quick Cleaning Hack #5

Have a plan of attack.

Make a cleaning and organizing plan and stick to it.  Whether you plan to clean daily or once a week.  The more of a routine it is, the fastest it becomes to clean and organize.  Get your kids to help or assign them specific chores.  That way everyone is part of the plan.  You can always use a cleaning list or menu planner like these to help get you started.





Quick Cleaning Hacks for the Busy Family

Quick Cleaning Hacks for the Busy Family