Updated: Oct 6, 2019
It is incredibly easy for the housework to get out of control after the arrival of your baby, you can either embrace the chaos and do the bare essentials OR you can tackle the mess once and for all. I'll admit, I'm a bit of a clean freak but don't get me wrong I'm not a germaphobe at all I actually believe that children need to be exposed to germs and bacteria from an early age so that they can effectively build up an immune system. That being said I HATE mess, clutter is my kryptonite, I can't even stand it when my Instagram feed looks messy let alone my house!
It took me until George was about 6 months old before I finally got on top of everything after my dad had come round one day and helped me tidy. Having someone come round to help me get the house back to pre-baby state was just what I needed, that feeling of sitting down with a cuppa in a clean and tidy house is like a breath of fresh air and it made me feel more in control. After that, I was determined to keep my house mess-free so that I could relax properly in my own home.
Ask for help - Does your partner use the age-old excuse of 'but I've been at work all day!'? Meanwhile, you have been up all night with a screaming baby, getting thrown up on and changing nappy after nappy all while rocking a greasy mum bun because you haven't even had chance to have a shower in like a week. If this is true for you then sit your partner down (calmly, nobody gets anywhere by shouting) and explain that you need their help because you're too overwhelmed and you are struggling. If you are a single parent (aka supermum) then ask for help from your friends or family, many people are desperate to do something to help you (and to get some extra snuggles with your adorable baby) and will be happy that you asked them.
Routine - I cannot stress the importance of routine enough, as soon as I implemented a morning routine I immediately became so much more time-efficient and organized. Create a cleaning routine that fits around your babies nap times and stick to it. The more you do it the more second-nature it will become.
Get the right tools for the job - Now I'm not saying go out and spend a fortune. The best purchase I've ever made was my GTech Vaccum, I got it for just £30 second-hand from somebody who really didn't know its value and just wanted to make a quick quid. Previous to that I was using a Henry Hoover, it was big, heavy and over-all crap. I used to dread doing to vacuuming because it was always so physically exhausting but as soon as I got my new vacuum which is lightweight, cordless and quick it made the daily chore of vacuuming a million times easier and faster. Investing in good cleaning products can make household chores a lot less difficult and time-consuming if I could afford one I would go and buy a dishwasher right now but I am on the lookout for a good second-hand one to try and save myself a pretty penny.
That being said, the dishes can wait, the vacuuming can be done another day, the laundry can be folded later but your baby is only a baby once. Enjoy every moment with your little bundle of joy because before you know it they won't be babies anymore.