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15 Mom Hacks To Keep A Clean House With Kids

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Do you ever wonder how some moms keep a clean house with kids?

I mean c’mon, we all know that cleaning our house with little ones is like trying to brush your teeth while eating Oreos.

It’s a dirty job, but someone has to make the house look awesome, right!

Here are 15 cleaning HACKS for busy moms to keep the house clean with kids.

How To Have A Clean Home With Kids

Well, I think pretty much most people would agree that cleaning sucks! It truly does.

There are so many things I would rather be doing than being on my hands and knees scrubbing the toilet.

It’s one of those things that we don’t enjoy, like paying taxes, but it must be done!

The problem is that cleaning our homes is a never-ending cycle.

We can work our tails off cleaning and YES, it will look amazing, but guess what, that won’t last.

How do our homes get so messy??

Simple. We LIVE there!

Now let’s throw some kids in the mix.

I’ll be honest, I was never that great at keeping my house clean before I had kids. So I am not blaming the messes on my kids, but…

When we added our tiny little humans to the mix, the chores got harder because the messes quadrupled.

There have been days it has looked like a bomb exploded in our living room.

Seriously, toys EVERYWHERE!

How Moms Clean House With Kids

Ugh, so what to do, what to do… Yes, the messes are bigger, but I can’t let the kids drown in grime!

The house must be clean or cleanish so we stay healthy, right?

And…of course, if someone stops by unannounced, I don’t want to tell the kids to hide and pretend we aren’t home.

I mean unless it’s some unconsolidated salesperson, then we might do that.

But anyway, my only option is to keep my house as clean as I can.

So if you are a mom and you are reading this, then you probably feel me. You know where I am coming from and you can agree “ain’t nobody got time for that!”

So I have come up with some cleaning hacks that I use to keep my house tidy…well almost. Hey, it’s good enough!

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Best Ways To Keep A House Clean With Kids


First and foremost, you must DECLUTTER.

As if you didn’t know that was coming. Seriously though, if you don’t declutter then you will spend all of your time just moving stuff around.

That will get you nowhere fast!

When you have kids, things usually start accumulating.

First, you have their baby stuff, then their toddler stuff, then their preschool stuff….and the list goes on.

From clothes to toys, our kids have a lot of stuff. They get even more stuff from well-meaning grandparents, friends, birthdays, Christmas, etc…

You know the drill, before long, your house starts looking like an episode of Hoarders, the Nick Jr edition.

So what can you do with all that stuff?

Well first off, you can sell it.

You can have a big ol’ yard sale and get rid of it cheap. Or you can list it on Facebook Marketplace or even eBay.

Now if you have a lot of baby gear that you are not using, then you can rent it out to BabyQuip to make some extra cash.

Whatever you do you must downsize the stuff or you will be cleaning your life away.


If you had a hard time decluttering the kid’s toys, then think about using a toy rotation system.

When the kids have fewer toys out it really speeds up the cleaning process.

Not only that, but they get bored with what they have, so rotating the toys keeps them interested.

So the rotation system is a genius mom hack that keeps the house tidy and kids persistently entertained.

We do our toy rotation system monthly. Doing it at the beginning of the month just helps me keep track of it.

My tip for a toy rotation system is to use a colored plastic bin because if it’s clear the kids can see in it. Remember, out of sight out of mind.

Not only has rotating the toys been so helpful at keeping my house tidier but it has saved me so much money.

When I bring the tote out of lock-down from the garage, it’s like Christmas all over again. I then fill the tote back up with other toys and pack it away for another month.


Using baskets as a cleaning tip is a mom hack from way back. You should have a decorative basket in every room of your house.

Not only do they look cute, but they can be the catch-all for all the unwanted things.

It’s just easier to have that catch-all place for you and your kids to toss stuff in.

I keep a large basket in my living room, and medium to small ones all around my house including the bottom of the stairs and the bathroom.

My kids even have a basket with their name on it and at the end of the day, anything of theirs that is not where it should be gets tossed in the basket.

Then it is their job to put the stuff from their basket away.


Do you realize how many times you roam from room to room while you are home?

Make it a habit of picking up things and putting them away.

For instance, you walk in your bedroom to put away laundry. You see a water glass on your nightstand from the night before and dirty socks on the floor.

Grab the glass and drop the socks in the hamper. Take the glass to the kitchen and put it in the sink or dishwasher.

Before you walk out of the kitchen, scan it for anything that doesn’t belong. If you see trash or junk mail, throw it away immediately.

You get the gist, right? Just pick up as you go, and you will have less to do later.


When everything has a home, then it doesn’t make clutter.

If you and your family know where everything goes, then you can all easily put it away.

If an item doesn’t have a home, either make one or get rid of it.


The #1 Mom hack must have is baby wipes. You can use them for everything from wiping off counters, to sticky hands, to dirty bums.

I use them to dust, to wipe off bathroom faucets, and to clean up carpet stains. I even keep a pack in my car for quick on the move clean-ups!

They are handy and they are cheap!


Kids are never too young to start learning the importance of cleaning up.

Even if you have a toddler, make a game of picking up toys and putting them in a basket.

My older kids are fine having chores, but my little one needs a little incentive. So we put it on a cleanup song, and he has to pick up as much as he can before the song is over.

When it is a game like that, you can watch your kids hustle, because everyone wants to win.

There are several free chore charts in the free resource library. 


Just like having the kids pick up as much as they can in a little amount of time, set a timer on your phone or use this visual timer, and do the same thing.

I set my timer for 15 minutes because that is really all the time you need to hustle around your house cleaning up.

The time will fly by and your house will look amazing.


Laundry has a tendency for piling up. I used to wait and do all the laundry over the weekend.

That my friend is a mistake. You will spend your entire Sunday engulfed in the laundry.

So I have made it a habit to put a load in the washer EVERY SINGLE MORNING.

At some point, I put them in the dryer, and I usually don’t get around to folding them until after dinner. But hey, it gets done.


One thing that will make a kitchen look INSTANTLY clean, is having the counters clear of clutter.

I keep all my appliances in the pantry. That includes the toaster and can opener. The only appliance I have on my counters is a coffee pot.

The dirty dishes go in the sink and if I am keeping up, then they go straight to the dishwasher. The junk mail goes straight to the trash.

The kitchen will always look clean if the counters are empty.


One easy multitasking cleaning hack is to clean the bathroom while giving the kiddos a bath.

I don’t use any strong chemical cleaners so there are no fumes choking anyone.

I use a Clorox wand to first clean the bathroom sink then I take it all around the toilet. The little piece on the end pops off in the trash and BAM I am done.


Have cleaning tools that are easy to access and easy to use. I got rid of my big bulky vacuum and got an upright lightweight vacuum/electric broom.

It is easy to use and stores right in the pantry, so after meals, I quickly run it under the table to pick up any crumbs and then just put it away. It seriously takes me about 2 minutes.

I also use the iRobot Roomba, and let me tell you it is a game-changer! Just make sure you explain to your kids it’s not a toy, especially a riding toy.


We keep a shoe cabinet by our side door,  which is the entryway we use the most. We all take our shoes off as soon as we get home and put them in the bin.

This works because it keeps dirt from being tracked into the house and the kids ALWAYS know where their shoes are. Win-Win!


If you are a collector of knick-knacks, then you are a collector of dust.

Dust makes a home look dirty and it’s not good for our kids.

I am not a fan of dusting but dust seems to accumulate in our homes daily.

You will never see me in an apron with a feather duster because I use an air purifier.

I run that bad boy daily and it has cut the dust by probably 75%.

If I do see the dust on the furniture, I grab a lint roller and just roll with it.


After I put my kiddos to bed, I grab a laundry basket and quickly go through the house picking up stuff off the floor and furniture.

I mostly focus on the family room, kitchen, and entryway. It only takes 5-10 minutes.

Sometimes I go ahead and put the stuff away where it belongs, but sometimes I just sit the full basket down somewhere inconspicuous and be done for the night.

Clean House Tips For Busy Moms

So just remember no house is perfect. Your home should be kid-friendly and comfortable which means it will look LIVED in.

Try these simple cleaning hacks to save time and give yourself a break.

Please don’t spend all your days cleaning, remember memories will last, a clean house won’t.

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Do you have any MOM HACKS that you use to cut corners around the house?  PLEASE let me know in the comments 🙂


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  1. Kimberlie says

    I enjoyed reading your useful tips on keeping a house clean. I’m especially excited to use the shoe storage by the door and basket pick up method. I can confirm making locking up a game it very effective with toddlers.

  2. Natalie says

    Love this post. You’re so right, things just seem to accumulate….and the toys!!! I do a lot of these things already, mostly because I can’t stand to see a mess. It drives me crazy.I tend to do my walk around in the mornings when everyone is still sleeping. I try to get my cup of coffee in there too if I can. Lol. I also do laundry every day, otherwise there’s just so much to do over the weekend. Thanks for sharing the post. Love the way you’ve written it.

  3. Julie says

    I did almost all of these things when my kids were little. It is amazing how clean a house looks when the floors are picked up. I still regularly go through the house and declutter. I like to keep things tidy. I have a bag for donations and do that pretty regularly. I will sell the items. It gives us some extra fun money for the week.

  4. Patricia Turk says

    Yes! I have to take bath time to clean my bathroom! And while the food cooks, I take time to sweep and wipe down the tables. It’s been helpful for me to clean as I go. It may seem like i clean all day long, but it has to be done to stay on top of all the messes. 🙂

  5. Adriane says

    These are all amazing tips! I do a lot of these and have written a similar post. My favorite is “give everything a home”. When my kids have a toy and are to put it away, I always ask, “where is it’s home?” Every single item in our house has one. I need to start doing a toy rotation. Since we don’t have basements in AZ, we have limited storage but I finally have some room in my closet. On the to do this for this upcoming weekend! Thanks for the push!

  6. Marchay says

    Love these tips. I’ll definitely be implementing toy rotations and cleaning the bathroom during bath time is genius because I hate cleaning the bathroom!

  7. Haley says

    Love these tips! I also find that baskets are a pretty and practical way to keep things organized around the house.

  8. Jen says

    Great tips. I would add to have your kids start doing their own laundry as soon as possible. One of the best decisions I ever made.

  9. Crystal @ Simply Full of Delight says

    Excellent strategies! I am such a big fan of toy rotation that when we moved to a bigger house this year, I turned a walk-in closet into a “toy rotation closet!” LOL I will probably have to give the closet back to my daughters when they get bigger, but it sure does help keep us organized while they are little!

  10. Tammy says

    I did all these tips when my kids were little and still do most of them to this day. They truly do help to keep the house clean. I can remember wanting to pull my hair out at times because I worked two full-time jobs and was raising 3 children on my own….haha This are great tips to follow. 🙂 Have a blessed day~

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