Working Mum’s Housework Routine

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

Recently a member of our community was seeking help, she is a stay at home mum and will be returning back to work soon and is eager for ideas on how she can maintain the home and work full time.  I asked the community for some tips to share and Amelia shared her process which I thought was very creative.  Here’s Amelia’s Working Mum’s Housework Routine.

Recently a member of our community was seeking help, she is a stay at home mum and will be returning back to work soon and is eager for ideas on how she can maintain the home and work full time.  I asked the community for some tips to share.

I try to do one thing a day and make it start with the letter of the day:

M – mirrors and mess (mess meaning out everything away that was in the wrong place)
T – towels and toilets (changing towels and cleaning the toilets)
W – weeding and wiping (as in a deep and proper clean of the kitchen and any surfaces that needed it or dusting)
T – tiles (cleaning the bathrooms)
F – floors
S – sheets
S – day off and do a meal plan and weekly food Shopping/preparation

Another friend puts a timer on her phone for 15 mins and each time her baby sleeps she goes around the house with a washing basket picking up and redistributing items to their rightful homes or does whatever she can in that 15 mins and then the rest of the sleep time is hers.

Penny also shared her tip: As a working Mum it is sometimes difficult to keep things tidy.  Whenever I am feeling overwhelmed I “put away 25 things”. If things haven’t improved I put away another 25.  Always makes a difference and I manage to keep the house relatively tidy prior to doing the weekend cleaning tasks.

What is your top tip to help manage housework and working?

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Cassie March 14, 2018 - 6:57 PM

I love this! I always forget the mirrors and find I really let things get to the “can’t deal with it” stage before doing a full on clean (anywhere from fortnightly-3 weekly). I generally tidy everyday as I can’t stand things not being where they belong, but have just returned to work after 12 months off with bub number 2 and am struggling big time with not having meal planned etc. I loved reading your story and also feel a lot better mentally when things are clean, tidy and put away. Still struggling with lowering my expectations, but hoping stalking every inch of your page will give me some great ideas and point me in the right direction. Thank you!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife March 15, 2018 - 9:07 AM

Oh Cassie. Thank you for your feedback and your honesty. Yes it’s great having routines and systems in place to keep sanity. My 20 Day eCourse to Clean and Organise your home would be perfect for you. I go through all aspects of the home and teach you step by step how to put these routines and systems in place (and even Meal planning)
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Chloe May 16, 2018 - 10:11 PM

I have been working full time for three years with three children now aged 4,6 and 7. I spend $70 a week on a cleaning lady which is a life saver. Other than that. We do Meal planning on Friday, shopping on Sat, preparing food on Sunday ( wash veggies and pre cook or cut ready for week night). Do a washing a day in the morning first thing, hang to dry before you leave pick up after dinner and put away just before bed. Tidy every evening. Declutter once a year and try and keep stuff to a min. Kids spend most of their time at school or outdoors. No need to have heaps of toys. The less you have the easier it is to keep tidy.

Amanda May 17, 2018 - 11:36 AM

I am currently back at work 3 days a week (baby is 1yr old, twin girls 11yrs old) so on a Wednesday & Friday when I am not at work I wash, clean bathrooms & toilets, mirrors, folding & ironing, wipe over cupboards, general tidy up. Any washing I have is done the night before and hung the following morning. My floors are vaccumed quickly each night once the baby has eaten – he throws a lot of food and the older girls and I do a general pick up and tidy each night before hitting the lounge.
Sat morning my older girls dust and vaccum and tidy their rooms and help watch the baby whilst I whizz around and dust and vaccum and wash floors for the rest of the house then we are out the door in time for their netball game.
Sundays I usually do a cook up for a few nights meals in advance, a baking treat for girls lunch boxes and catch up on any washing etc that needs doing.
I cannot do much on the days I work as it is chaos & the older children have sports and dancing etc so I pack their lunches and I do mine also and the babies daycare bag and washing etc the night before.

Kaye August 20, 2018 - 9:07 AM

Not mine originally ….but three minute Thursday working on the frig . After an initial clean out the frig remains clean and organised in three minutes. Some days I do the main part….another just the door. Hope it helps.


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