Thursday May 11, 2017
May 14th is quickly approaching which means that Mother’s Day is almost here! If you are like some of us you may be scrambling to try to figure out what to get for the Champion Mom in your life. Gifts are always nice, but what we hear from most moms is all that they want is a day to relax and a clean house. To be free from the everyday tasks of motherhood and just recharge their batteries and feel appreciated. So if you decide to take the cleaning approach, we have created for you a list of the Top 10 Household Chores that you can do to celebrate the Champion Mom in your life this Mother’s Day!
First Things First
Ask her what she would like to do for the day. She may want to just spend the day with your family or get out of the house and relax for a few hours. If she heads out for the day, take advantage of that time and clean the house while she is away. She will be shocked when she comes home to a clean house and a blank to-do list!
Walk around the house and living spaces and straighten up any loose items that may be lying around. Put things away that do not need to be out and organize what remains. This will make your whole cleaning much easier in the long run and the house will look a lot cleaner overall.
This is one of the least favorite chores for many households, but something that your mom is constantly doing. An empty sink can make a huge difference in the house and a big relief for her.
After you are done with the dishes, take a little time to wipe down the counters. Put away anything that might be out that does not need to be and clean out the appliances.
*Pro-tip*- When cleaning out the microwave, put a wet washcloth in first and microwave it for 2 minutes. The wet washcloth will create a little sauna inside the microwave and the steam will soften all the cooked on grime. Once the washcloth has cooled a little, use it to wipe away the gunk and it’ll make this annoying task so much easier!
Vacuum the carpets and try to keep your vacuum lines nice and straight for a professional feel. Schedule a carpet cleaning too if it has been a while and let her know it will be taken care of.
Sweeping and mopping is the best! Right? Go ahead and save this task as one of the final things you check off. A good rule of thumb when cleaning is to work from the top down. Wiping off counters and cleaning out appliances can cause debris to fall on your freshly cleaned floors. Save yourself some time and just do the floors last. Plus the fresh smell of mopping will still be lingering in the air when she comes home!
Using the same concept of working your way from top down, do your dusting after you have de-cluttered and before you scrub surfaces or clean floors. This will allow you to dust everywhere that is needed and prevent extra work from dust bunnies collecting on your newly cleaned surfaces.
Be careful with this one, because not all fabrics are created equal. Check the labels on the laundry to make sure that you wash them properly. If in doubt, ask her about it first. You do not want to accidentally shrink or destroy her favorite outfit on her special day. Be sure to fold and put away the clothes as well.
Not the most glamourous chore however, super important. Start with cleaning her bathroom first and focus in on the shower/tub. She may want to relax in it at the end of the evening. Then, clean the guest bathroom (if you have one) and finally any remaining bathrooms. Work in that order so that she knows she is a priority and if you run out of time for the others, it will not be a big deal.
Take the trash out. Simple, but necessary.
- Cook for her!
You do not have to be a gourmet chef, but do your best to make her something that she loves. If you run out of time or just lack confidence in your cooking skills, take her out to a nice dinner or even order take-out. Bottom line, do not make her prepare a meal for the family on her special day. It is her turn to be catered to.
Our Champion Moms get one special day each year to feel pampered and doted on. Show her how much you appreciate all that she does the other 364 days of the year and spoil her this Mother’s Day with a clean house, delicious food, and time with her family.