Quick Cleaning Tips | No More Frumpy Mommy ‘Moms’ Night Out’ Challenge Day 8


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This post is part of the No More Frumpy Mommy Moms’ Night Out Challenge, happening now through May 22. YOU can join, too! You might win $200 or tickets to see Moms’ Night Out if you participate! Are you participating and want to leave your link to today’s challenge? Read through this post, then link up at the bottom! Here are the other challenges:

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  3. A Fast Recipe that Doesn’t Include Chicken Nuggets by Kerri Pomarolli — What’s your go-to, easy recipe?
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  7. A Fast Recipe that Doesn’t Involve Fish Sticks by Tricia Goyer — Share your easy, go-to recipe for your family!
  8. Quick Cleaning Tips by Kerri Pomarolli — What are your quick cleaning tips for busy moms?
  9. Finding Time to Follow Your Dreams by Tricia Goyer — How do you make time to follow your dreams?

Quick Cleaning Tips by Kerri Pomarolli

Here is my number-one cleaning tip: Hire a cleaning lady! OK, I know I know, I’m in Hollywood and I’m so rich I can afford it, right? Um . . . think again. I shop at the dollar store for my produce and milk too. The thing I learned is this: I’m a full-time working mom. I realize that hiring a cleaning service can seem like a luxury to some of us. But I had to think about the value of my time. What is the value of the entire day it takes to clean my house when I’m comparing it to time I could be spending with my kids or doing the work that needs to be done?


I have a wonderful lady named Teresa, and about once a month we as a family budget to have her come over and “save us!” This means she cleans everything in our house from top to bottom, and it costs the same as the four of us going out to dinner. So I have to ask myself, would I rather have a sparkling clean house or one dinner out? I choose the clean house. As a busy mom who likes things neat, I find myself compulsively cleaning all the time. If it’s not cleaning, I’m picking up things that are in one room and belong in another, and it never ends. Sometimes Teresa shows up like Mary Poppins and I get a break. I get to focus on my work deadlines and all the other tasks at hand. If I could adopt her like Alice in The Brady Bunch, I would. But I know because she comes over every so often, Mama is happy. And as they say, ”If Mama ain’t happy, then noooooobody’s happy!”

So call me a diva if you wish. But there are all these great deals on Groupon or LivingSocial where you can try out a cleaning service sometimes as low as $30. See? It’s not that crazy of an idea. When my mom asked me what I wanted for my birthday, I said, “Have Teresa come over!” I hug her every time I see her smiling face at my door! The only problem is when it’s time to leave, it’s me hanging onto her ankles saying, “Don’t go! Plllleeeease don’t go!”

What are your quick cleaning tips? Share below in the comments!

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  1. When cleaning up the living room or any shared family space, to keep yourself from making multiple trips to multiple rooms to put things away – and if you are lie me keeping yourself from losing track of what you were originally setting out to do – use boxes, platstic bins, or laundry baskets (my personal favorite), to divide what items need to be put away into which room … all at once. (I usually have one basket apiece for each of my two kids, another for the bathroom as towels tend to wander in my house freely, and another for kitchen stuff for random cups or trash etc.) This will save you tons of trips and keep you focused on the room you actually set out to clean.

  2. Gail Hollingsworth says:

    I use a plastic carrier with divided sides and a top handle, you know the type. I keep all my cleaning supplies in it. Furniture polish, window cleaner, bathroom scrub, rags, paper towels, etc. I carry it from room to room and always have the supplies I need close at hand.

  3. Diana Nichols says:

    My quick cleaning tip is to use magic erasers. Mr clean is the best brand. takes marker marks off most things including walls. If you have a particularly tough one on plastic, take another marker and scrub over the old marker stain and it should come right out then use the magic eraser. why keep scrubbing with water and detergent when this is quicker?

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  5. My quick cleaning tip is to use magic erasers. Mr clean is the best brand. takes marker marks off most things including walls.

  6. Your post is amazing! My daughter is still small, but I also think that is a good idea the kids to be involved in the cleaning process. Thanks for sharing your ideas

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