Finally! Give yourself permission to take a break from the cleaning duties.
Do you ever just get sick and tired of cleaning?
I know I do. The crazy thing is, when it comes to household chores, as moms, we have a tendency to be extremely hard on ourselves.
We want that perfect home we see all over Instagram even though we’re tired of cleaning up after everyone. Because when the house is a mess, we feel like a total failure.
Which is why I think it’s sometimes okay to let your house go — especially if nobody is helping you keep it clean.
You’re not superhuman: you can’t do it all.
Here are 7 perfectly good reasons to ignore all of your housework without feeling guilty about it:
#1 When the kids are out of school.
For those mamas with school-age kids, you probably know it’s harder to keep your house clean when they’re home from breaks and not cleaning up after themselves.
But if you’re like me with little kids at home all day long, then it probably feels like this year-round because they’re too young for chores anyway.
Regardless, when you’re trying to keep your house clean with kids who love to make messes, you need to give yourself time to create a daily routine that works for your family — even if that means not allowing visitors to come by your house for a while until you’ve figured out a way to keep the mess under control.
#2 When you’ve just had a baby.
Being a new mom (or a new again mom!) is a beautiful thing! But what’s not so fun is trying to adjust to motherhood and still manage your home like you didn’t just have a baby.
You will burnout fast.
So if you don’t have any help around the house, it’s okay to let it go for the first few weeks while you’re bonding with your new baby — because that’s all that matters right now.
#3 When you’ve started a business..from home.
If you find yourself constantly torn between doing the dishes or completing a task that’s going to get you closer to your business goals, it’s okay to prioritize your brand new business over your housework — even though you’re not making money in the beginning — to get it off the ground faster.
I’ve been blogging and working from home for a while now and I can tell you that it is HARD juggling the kids, household duties, and finding time to devote here too.
So my house isn’t always perfect either, but using these speed cleaning tips have helped me keep it tidy when I’m strapped for time.
#4 When you’ve had a rough day.
In the last five years that I’ve been a stay-at-home mom, my husband has come home unemployed quite a few times. It caused me so much anxiety that keeping my house clean was the last thing on my mind.
Although for some, binge-cleaning during uncertain times can be therapeutic because it gives you something else to think about…not for me.
I’m kind of OCD, so I literally can’t lift a finger when I’m having a rough day until I feel “safe” — and in this case, it was until I knew my husband had another job lined up.
#5 When you could use that extra time with your family.
It’s easy to get so caught up in our daily to-do list that we forget to make time for the people we love most. So it’s okay to break up with your routine if you’re busy making memories with your kids!
Especially when the weather is too nice to stay inside — don’t waste a warm & sunny day in the house because you want to knock out ALL of your chores.
Sometimes getting a bit of fresh air will actually motivate you to clean like a madwoman when you get back anyway. 🙂
#6 When you just need a break.
Ever had one of those days you wished you could just clone yourself because you have a lot of things (or little people) fighting for your attention?
Of course, you have mama! Which is why it’s okay to take a break when you feel like you can’t do it all.
Because, again, you’re not superhuman.
So the next time you feel exhausted at the end of a busy day, don’t add more to your stress. I’m giving you permission to save a chore or two for another day — because one more day isn’t going to hurt anyone!
#7 When you’re not expecting company for a while.
I’m a firm believer that your house does not need to look spotless every. single. day.
Because honestly, you’re just wasting time cleaning things that don’t matter when you could be spending that time, instead, doing something you actually want to do.
There are much easier ways to keep your house clean enough while you’re not expecting company. Then, you can use this to get your home “company ready” fast when you’ve got guests dropping by at the last-minute.
Give Yourself Grace.
The truth is, nobody cares but you anyway.
Your kids? They don’t notice the mess because they’re too busy being happy.
Your husband? Well, he probably thinks you’ll get around to it sooner or later, which brings up another question:
When should you start cleaning again?
If you’re entertaining guests in a few weeks, then it’s time to tidy up! Aside from that, if the mess gets the point where it’s affecting your day-to-day life, then it’s time to get it together.
Because when your house is clean, you’ll have:
- Less guilt about the way it looks
- Less stress about all the things you’ve got to get done
- Less fear of what other people think about you
- More time for the other things in your life
…and you’ll be proud of your home — imagine that!
Keeping your house clean isn’t about keeping your family happy after all.
It’s about keeping yourself happy so that you can stay sane and enjoy your family more!
Now, you know that when you’re tired of cleaning you can stop feeling like you’re letting everyone else down, and tackle your house when you’re ready to.
Why are you struggling to keep your house clean right now? Let me know in the comments.