7 survival tips for working mothers is a topic which seems to be on the lips of many. The reasons vary widely and range from pregnancy back pain to needing an operation and neither of these seem to be good reasons to be avoiding housecleaning. But it does get harder when you have a young child to clean. In fact, it may well be one of the most difficult jobs around and that’s before you have the added problem of house cleaning etiquette! If your husband or partner is a ‘no mess’ kind of person then there is no reason why you cannot enjoy the house cleaning experience without adding to their frustration. So read on and we’ll offer some simple survival tips that will really help.
Pregnancy – This is a pretty obvious one but it is a ‘must have’ if you have more than one child. You need to have another person to take over the role of looking after the feeding and bathing of your firstborn. It can be hard at first, as they tend to demand a lot of your attention in the beginning. Give yourself some space and let other members of the family take care of this for a few months. When they have had time to settle down, ask your spouse or partner to look after them while you tend to the other kids.
Water – It is probably the most important thing needed by new babies. Water will keep their skin hydrated which is essential for their comfort and well being. If you have more than one to keep warm, it can be even more of a problem. Try to keep the water in containers out of the reach of your baby and in view only when they are particularly thirsty. Be sure not to give your infant the bottle directly from the sink though as this can cause a serious choking hazard.
Cleaning the toilet bowl regularly – Unless you are using disposable products, it is imperative that you keep the bathroom bowl spotless at all times. This is very easy to do with a damp cloth. You just need to wipe it down well twice a day, once in the morning and again at night before going to bed. Bottled water or clean water from a faucet are great for cleaning this type of surface.
Keeping the house warm – In many countries, especially the milder ones, the winter months can be quite cold. It is important to make sure that you keep the house warm enough to prevent anyone getting sick. Cover your windows and use blankets instead of air-conditioning units. Also, consider heating pads which are a lot cheaper than central heating. As the pads do not take up much room, you can place several in rooms that get cold during the day.
Staying hydrated – As dehydration can cause serious illnesses such as brain abscesses, you should always keep your body well-hydrated. The best way to do this is with pure water. Do not rely solely on bottled water, but make sure that you are drinking plenty of plain water. Also consider eating foods rich in vitamins and minerals, this will help maintain proper body functions.
Having a plan for moving – During times of natural calamities such as hurricanes or tornadoes, having a place to stay and a place to go home to when the time comes is always useful. A move might happen, and you might not have enough time to prepare a home or a place to go to when that happens. Consider renting a storage space or a storage facility where you can store your things. You will be able to have an emergency kit ready for family members to use, and also be able to easily pack up your items for safe-keeping.
Knowing how to protect yourself and your family in case of an emergency – Natural disasters are never good. Even though it can be scary to think about them, it is better to be prepared so that when they happen, you are one step ahead. Consider purchasing or building a home insurance policy that covers natural disasters such as floods or earthquakes, as well as theft or destruction of homes. Research the different kinds of cover that are available, and work out what kind of policy is the best for your family’s needs.