Congratulations! You’ve brought a new life into the world and now you’re experiencing the ups and downs of parenting. (This is what the typical new baby greeting card SHOULD say, right?!)How to Keep a #CleanHouse With a #Baby at Home #cleanhome #newbaby Click To Tweet
You’ve probably been planning on this for quite some time, but once you’re ready to bring your little one home, the real challenge begins. Somehow, it’s up to you to keep a clean house while also looking after your infant.
Our twins were born one week before my birthday, and were in the NICU for almost a month, so my birthday present from my hubby that year was to have a cleaning company come to our house and deep clean it before the babies came home. I HIGHLY recommend this! As a new momma (who ended up delivering via cesarean a month and a half earlier than planned, and then spent almost as long trekking back and forth to the NICU to see the babies) knowing that I would bring them home to an immaculate house that was easier to maintain was the best gift ever!
Keep in mind that things like dust and allergens can make babies sick, so cleaning is a necessary evil, as your baby’s immune system doesn’t really develop until about 3 months in.
But how exactly are you supposed to balance it all? It can definitely be done! It just might look a tad bit different than you’re used to.
Clean a Little at a Time
Babies can be a handful, to say the least. They require constant supervision, which doesn’t leave much time for cleaning.
As a result, you’ll want to change up the way you clean your home. Instead of spending a solid chunk of time once or twice per week cleaning, clean here and there whenever you can.
Unloading the dishes or vacuuming the living room might not seem like much, but every little bit counts.
We all have that stack of junk mail that we keep forgetting to throw away. It may not take up a ton of space, but the visual clutter it creates is reason enough to get rid of it.
Instead of just throwing it away, do yourself a favor and switch to paperless whenever possible. You can get paper-free everything from a free pregnancy announcement to your monthly bills.
Not only will you save time since there’s less clutter to clean up, but you can feel good about making an eco-friendly decision.
Clean During Naptime
Every new parent lives for naptime. That brief period in the day where you can sit, relax, and just unwind without your little one.
Go on and enjoy that soap opera or indulge in your favorite snack. While you do, spend a few minutes cleaning.
Fewer distractions mean you’ll get more done, and naptime is the perfect opportunity to do things like start another load of laundry or dust the living room.
Accept Your Limitations
Keeping your house looking great is an admirable wish. But by the same token, you already have so much on your plate, even if your partner is pulling their fair share of the weight.
Pair this with the fact that babies are messy by nature and you could drive yourself crazy trying to keep a spotless home.
It’s okay if a few things are out of place. Don’t stretch yourself thin trying to make everything look immaculate.
Give yourself a break from time to time — you deserve it.
A Clean House Is a Happy House
Keeping a clean house with a newborn around is no easy feat and these tips should be more than enough to help you keep things neat and tidy. Give yourself a round of applause for having enough energy to even consider cleaning!
The road to domestication isn’t always an easy one, but we’ve got the tips you need to stay sane and live your best life!
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