Keeping Tidy As A Busy Parent

I often get asked how I “appear” to keep on top of things as a busy working mum. Through social media my house always looks semi tidy and things are always in their place. The truth is, my house does actually look this  most of the time. Both my husband and I have a little routine in place so that our house is kept tidy and our minds are kept clutter free and refreshed- Which is how we keep this a tidy reality.

Being clean and tidy can completely get away from parents, especially when you’re swamped with parent duties and keeping little ones entertained. Doing the dishes, hanging out washing or even lugging out the giant hoover is the last thing anyone wants to do at any stage of the week. We all know being a parent can be exhausting and throwing in “house keeping” on top of it all makes for one hectic AF week!!!

I know personally, falling behind on house hold chores can often lead to that dreaded “wife guilt”. BUT doing the chores we know actually need doing can also lead to the horrible “mum guilt” because we should be spending that as quality time with our mini humans. WE JUST CAN’T WIN!!!



My Hot Tidy Tips & Remaining Sane Too

  1. Let the kids make as much mess as their creative minds encourage during the day. Try not let this mess upset you, don’t waste your energy running around after them making things tidy during the day
  2. Before you go to bed, dedicate 15 minutes to:
    – Packing away any left over toys out
    – Put the clean dishes away & wash anything on the sink
    – Take out the bins
    – Put away everything in eye sight back into its rightful place (this doesn’t take long)
    – Prep breakfast & lunches. Get your coffee ready to just add hot water
    Answer any outstanding emails or text messages. Might not be apart of “cleaning” but it will make you feel more organised
    The aim for each night is to start with a clean slate & NOT go to bed KNOWING there’s mess to wake up to.
  3. Spending 15 minutes a night doing small tidying tasks will make it less overwhelming. If you stop saying “I’ll do that tomorrow” which leads to the next day which eventually leads to the end of the month, you’ll be drowning in too many larger tasks (that can be avoided if tackled bit by bit daily)
  4. Use a cordless Hoover to run around the main areas. A clean floor puts my mind at ease each morning for Alaska to crawl around on
  5. Following these steps each night will allow you to go to sleep less stressed, will encourage you to wake up feeling a little more organised & will mean your starting your day NEW & TIDY
  6. Hoovering for a few minutes each night will mean less work when doing a proper house clean, it also reduces dust & mess, instead of it piling up each week
  7. Don’t overwhelm yourself & think your house needs to be spotlessly clean all the time. I rarely actually scrub my house “clean” but it will always look “tidy enough” at the end of each day



 I used to avoid hoovering my house like the plague!!! The thought of getting out the giant Vacuum, plugging it in, lugging it around the house while it hit me in my shins, actually made me squirm ahaha! Investing in a cordless Vacuum is an actual game changer! It honestly allows you more freedom and flexibility to hoover wherever and whenever you want, WITHOUT THE HASSLE!

I’m OBSESSED with the Godfreys Hoover Ultra Light Handstick as it’s super affordable (for $299 + FREE shipping) and actually gets the job done well. Once it’s charged it lasts on full speed for 20 minutes and it’s really lightweight to carry around the house. When I was reviewing this particular model, I was able to carry my 12kg toddler on my hip and multitask like a champion! This flexibility is so important to me as I need to know I can still get everything done in a quick time frame.


Thank you to Godfreys for sponsoring this post. All products were hand selected & honestly reviewed by myself & Husband. I’ve only shown what I truly love & would recommend  All imagery, words and thoughts are completely my own.

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  1. Jane
    December 27, 2017 / 8:19 am

    I would absolutely love to win this competition to help me get back on track with my housework <3

  2. Tan
    December 10, 2017 / 3:46 pm

    When falling pregnant one of the best little bits of advice I received was to make sure my babes could easily sleep through the vacuuming ( amongst other noises) so I could do a power tidy during the nap or bedtime. So grateful I listened to this, but not so grateful I have a clunky heavy old vacuum! Getting it in and out is enough of a workout before I even start it up!

  3. Danielle Martin
    December 10, 2017 / 7:34 am

    My vacuum cleaner is breaking, and I feel like this post is very helpful because I get so overwhelmed when trying to buy a new product. Toddler + dog = tres grubby floors.

    • Danielle Martin
      December 10, 2017 / 7:38 am

      Ps. Entered

  4. Aimee
    December 9, 2017 / 9:36 pm

    Love this vaccum!! My mama has one and its so good!! I did ask Santa for one as a family present but considering i even have to but my own gifts from the Hubby im not counting my chickens!! Haha! 🎄

  5. Erin
    December 9, 2017 / 8:45 pm

    This would be amazing. I have 3 little boys and it’s mess, mess, mess everyday haha! Xxx

  6. Bianca
    December 9, 2017 / 8:29 pm

    Family of 5 little kiddies. Exactly what I need to follow around and get all the crumbs. Fingers crossed.

  7. Lorna
    December 9, 2017 / 8:16 pm

    How times have changed – in the past I’d be hoping for some perfume clothes or something fun would bring me some Christmas cheer but now I’m totally excited about the prospect of stuff for my new (in the process of getting built) house and his would be amazing! An awesome Hoover would definitely bring some Christmas cheer my way!!!

  8. Dael
    December 9, 2017 / 1:21 pm

    This would be amazing 😍 it would make tidying my house of all the crumbs from the kids a breeze! I need this in my life 🙃

  9. Kylie
    December 9, 2017 / 11:25 am

    Oh I need this! I’ve been asking for a cordless stick vac for Christmas for sooo long! No one believes me I actually want one lol

  10. Cassandra
    December 9, 2017 / 9:14 am

    Best idea ever. Getting out the big vaccum is such an effort. Having a cordless one would make life easier.

  11. Ana
    December 9, 2017 / 9:10 am

    How good would this be for a chrissy pressie….mama’s pressie😊

  12. Eden
    December 9, 2017 / 9:09 am

    Great Advice! I have a little one on the way (5months preggers) and I’m already stressing about keeping the house tidy. I get mega anxiety when there’s mess and clutter laying around everywhere. Having a fresh clean slate to wake up to makes so much sense to starting the day right with a little one!!

  13. Tara Benmasaud
    December 9, 2017 / 8:13 am

    Omg! tara.benmasaudI have 6 children so forever cleaning…a cordless vac would be such a lesser task to get out and get it done!

  14. Dai
    December 9, 2017 / 7:59 am

    This would help us heaps!

    • Kerry
      December 9, 2017 / 8:05 am

      I absolutely need this!!! A whole lot of mess with my 10 month old!

  15. Phoebe
    December 9, 2017 / 7:13 am

    Omg, I need a new vacuum and it looks like this is a winner! I would be thrilled to win this as a Christmas present to myself. ❤️❤️❤️

  16. Kristen wilson
    December 9, 2017 / 6:56 am

    Gosh we have needed a new one since … we’ll forever. A new baby brings a whole lot of mess haha. Would be so chuffed with this!!! And not to mention the fluffiest white fur baby you have ever seen also! Haha!

  17. Gemma W
    December 9, 2017 / 6:54 am

    I absolutely need a cordless vacuum cleaner!!!

  18. Stacey Green
    December 9, 2017 / 6:54 am

    Yes please!! Would be so handy now with my 4 month old as she gets ready to start crawling

  19. Jodie
    December 9, 2017 / 5:54 am

    I need this in my life! Especially with 2 busy messy boys to run around after 😀

  20. Jessie Wheldon
    December 9, 2017 / 5:35 am

    My husband and I are constantly saying how much we would love one of these but still we continue to pick up tinsy winsy pieces of everything off the ground, time after time! 😂

  21. Nicole
    December 9, 2017 / 5:14 am

    I really want a cordless vacuum I keep watching YouTube videos of people cleaning their houses and they all have one and it just seems so easy. 🙏🙏

  22. Victoria
    December 9, 2017 / 5:07 am

    Oh this would be so amazing! X

  23. Jaimie Beasley
    December 9, 2017 / 4:38 am

    I would actually like cleaning the house with this 😂🙋🏼‍♀️😘

  24. Rachel Turner
    December 9, 2017 / 3:54 am

    Entered! With 3 mini girls and one fur baby this would be amazing!

  25. Nicole Kuchel
    December 9, 2017 / 3:46 am

    Amazing prize and seems handy to help keeping the house clean

  26. Kristy
    December 9, 2017 / 3:24 am

    I feel guilty commenting and entering this comp because I already have a vacuum cleaner and a robo vac. But I’d love a cordless one to shove into corners to get all the kiddie crumbs and cat hair, or even just to quick zoom around the kitchen.

  27. Leah
    December 9, 2017 / 3:07 am

    Entered! Keeping fingers crossed!!

  28. Aiyana
    December 9, 2017 / 2:57 am

    ENTERED! This would be so helpful to us. Our 6 month old started crawling a couple of weeks ago and we weren’t expecting it to be so fast!! A new vacuum will help us keep the floors clean in little time! More time with bubs, win win! Plus with the leftover, a new blender for solids would be amazingly helpful !!

  29. chloe baumgarten
    December 9, 2017 / 2:54 am

    Honestly you lot are the best family, props to your mama jody for creating such beautiful soulls. so much libe for my family goals xoxox

    ps. im not a mama myself but im sure my ma would appreciate something nice this christmas as all mums should. been a rough year.

    safe chrissy to you all xx

  30. Meg
    December 9, 2017 / 2:49 am

    With 2 fur babies (one that is particularly furry!) and 1st baby-baby coming soon this would be a HUGE help 🙂

  31. Lily
    December 9, 2017 / 2:43 am

    Would definitely make use of this with 2 under 2!

  32. Suzie
    December 9, 2017 / 1:50 am

    Oh, would definitely be awesome with three messy kids here!!

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