- Keep a stash of garbage bags at the bottom of each garbage can.
- Keep a complete set of cleaning supplies in each bathroom and in your kitchen.
- Spray Avon Skin-So-Soft around window frames and door frames to keep spiders from coming into your house. You can also put a TINY drop in mopping water for the floors in your home to discourage bugs, but remember this can leave your floors slippery.
- Whenever you leave a room, take a glance around and see if any items need to be returned to their original place along your way.
- Put items going upstairs on the stairway, take an armful up at a time as you go about your day.
- Baking soda, lemon juice and vinegar work wonders to clean grout. Check out the exact grout cleaner recipe here or our more comprehensive ebook guide to cleaning with vinegar.
- See if you can get your toddler interested in using an electronic sweeper around the house or wiping down the baseboards with a damp rag.
- Make your own Febreeze- buy the scented laundry capsules designed for the laundry, but instead put one in a spray bottle with hot water to dissolve. Shake vigorously before use.
- Designate one bathroom in the house for all showering, cleaning teeth, etc., so you don’t have to clean all the other bathrooms as frequently.
- Try to do maintenance stuff every day so you aren’t overwhelmed when you get to your weekly cleaning. Wipe down counters every night, keep sink clear, make beds, etc.
- If something takes less than a minute to clean, do it right then rather than waiting until later when a few different tasks may have piled up.
- Use a rogue sock on the Swiffer instead of buying more wipes. Or, use some disinfecting wipes for a particularly yucky section of floor, in the bathroom, etc.
General Kid Life Hacks
- Lay out all your kids’ clothes on Sunday: socks, underwear, bottoms, top, for each day. Grab and dress.
- Keep a whiteboard in a central place, make sure everyone knows to write down things that need restocking, to-do items and other reminders here.
- Keep a little pad and pen in the linen closet upstairs (attach to the wall with a hook or sticky tape). If anyone uses the last of some toiletry, have them write it here rather than remember to write it down on the main grocery list downstairs. Make sure to check this list when going to the store!
- Download a “lists” app (like Cozi), then make separate lists based on each store (supermarket, Home Depot,. Target, etc.). “Share” lists between parents, so when one of your children tells you that something is needed for school, etc. you can put it on the same list right away. You can even organize these lists by store layout!
- Have a bin on each floor where family members can put items to be donated.
- Try to hang clothes together by outfit instead of randomly.
- Have a bin for each family member where their outdoor seasonal items go- sunglasses, bathing suits, mittens, etc. That way when you are tidying up you know exactly where to put these miscellaneous items.
- Make index cards up with a month’s worth of meals, side dishes and the recipes and groceries for each. Refer to these when you need some meal planning ideas, so you don’t get bored making the same dishes over and over again.
Even More Life Hacks for Kids
- Write the battery requirements of the toy on the bottom with a sharpie marker. This will save time looking for a screwdriver, etc. only to realize you don’t have that size batteries anyway.
- Have your kids get completely ready for school before breakfast, so there is not much left to do but get going. Consider having them brush teeth in the downstairs bathroom right after breakfast and before going to bed, so you can supervise and they don’t get distracted going back upstairs.
- Have a little drawer in the kitchen dedicated to homework supplies- pencils, erasers, scissors, paste, etc.
- Order several of the same toy/gift for each birthday party you go to in your child’s age group. Or just have one pre-selected on your Amazon shopping list ready to be shipped every time your family is invited to a birthday party.
- Use a fishing tackle box as a portable “hair station” for your little girl, complete with brush, little rubber bands, barrettes, etc.
- Use plastic disposable straws in place of the straws sippy-cups come with that tend to get all gunky.
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