Last minute holiday cleaning tips for lazy…err…busy moms

Keeping my house clean while I take care of all the other stuff that comes along with having six kids and working from home is not an easy task.  To be honest, my entire house is rarely ever “clean” all at the same time.  It seems like as soon as I get done scrubbing the toilets in the bathrooms, the kitchen floor is gross.  Again.  Even though it was just cleaned yesterday.  I always have dishes in the sink waiting to be washed, or clean ones on the counter waiting to be dried.  When we got new carpets I swore I’d keep them vacuumed on a daily basis and pfft….let’s just say that has not been the case.  In four years.

I think it’s pretty safe to say I’m not the best at keeping my house spotless.  When the holidays come around and things are even more insane, I really feel like a cleaning failure.  It becomes a struggle just to get basic daily tidying taken care of, much less actual clean-cleaning that needs to be done before guests arrive!


So instead, I’ve resorted to quick cleaning on those days.  You know, kind of half-assed cleaning that really is a combo of cleaning and hiding, lol.  Because frankly, I don’t have a lot of time and I absolutely detest cleaning and organizing.  And because I’m a sharer, here are a few of my favorite last minute holiday cleaning tips that work for me:


Last minute cleaning tips for lazy busy moms

1.   Clean the important areas.  You know, the bathrooms, living room, dining room, kitchen.  Especially the microwave, stove top, toilets and sinks. People are super judgmental about those four in particular for some crazy reason, lol.

2.  Throw the crap out.  If it’s been sitting around for months in the same spot, or you just keep moving it around to different places, but never really use it then GET RID OF IT.  Either throw it out or stick in a box to donate and haul it off TODAY.  I’m serious, grab a trash bag and start chunking the clutter.  You’ll feel better, I promise.  And you really don’t need ALL that stuff, or you’d have been using it all along.

3.  Give up on perfection.  Don’t try to get the entire house spotless.  It’s probably not going to happen no matter how hard you try (just being honest here) so don’t kill yourself trying to do the impossible.  Make a realistic list of what you want to get done and do that.  Then just give yourself permission to let the rest go.  I really doubt anyone’s going to be judging you because your ceiling fan blades are dusty or because there might be some old Cheerios under the couch.  And if someone does bring those things up?  Boo.  Freaking.  Hoo.  Unless they are going to clean it for you, they can get over it.  And I’d tell them that with a big smile on my face too.

4.  Get the kids involved.  They probably won’t want to, but you aren’t the maid and you all contribute to the mess.  And yes, I mean all the kids, even the littler ones.  Put on some music, set a timer, use a chart, bribe them with candy.  Whatever you need to do to get the job done and not lose your mind stressing out over all of it.  They might actually find themselves working together and having a good time.  (Notice I said might, not probably.)  And if the kids don’t do a perfect job, well, see #3.

5.  When all else fails, stuff it all in a basket and hide it.  I’m not joking about this one.  When it’s 10 minutes before guests arrive and you’re running around like crazy still trying to straighten up, just grab a basket, stick all the crap in there, and hide it in a closet.  Is it really cleaning?  No.  But it’ll look neater and you can focus on the 20 other things you still haven’t finished. Just don’t forget to do something with it all later, or you’ll end up with baskets and baskets of stuff piled up in your room.  Not that I would know anything about that.  O.o

See, that wasn’t that bad, right?  Some clean is better than no clean, that’s my motto! 😉

Really don’t have time to clean?  Check out my six tricks to disguise your messy home during the holidays!

What are you go to cleaning tips for days when you just DON’T have time to clean?  Tell me please, I need to know, lol!

Tiffany Wong
Tiffany is a mom of six living in the metro Atlanta area. She works from home as the editor of Real Mom Talk and a digital marketing consultant for small to medium sized businesses. She first became a mom at age 18 and was pregnant at some point each year for 10 years straight. No lie. She's a laid back mom that encourages her children to learn through doing and never be afraid of failure. She makes odd faces as she types on the computer, likes to breakout in impromptu song parodies, and has a thing for wheat beer, extra dirty martinis and cheese.