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When 2014 started, I vowed that my “buzz” word was going to be “SIMPLIFY.” As a working mom, I’m usually strapped for time. The idea would be to save time, cut costs, make things all-around easier for myself so that I could spend more time doing the things I love and less of what I don’t love.
Here is it September and you’d think my buzz words were “difficult,” “arduous,” and “unnecessary.” HA!
I could spout off a number of “difficult, arduous, and unnecessary” things I have been doing, but I’m going to confess the one that makes the least sense:
I’ve been washing dishes by hand.
GASP! (I know…who still does that?!).
Recently, however, in collaboration with #CollectiveBias, I decided that it was time to do away with the old school method of getting our dishes clean. It was time to start using the dishwasher.
I wanted to get my hands on some Finish dishwasher cleaner (#SparklySavings) so that instead of being a slave to my sink when I get home from work, I could free up some time to spend with family and to work on blog projects!
Here are 5 tips for other working moms to help free up some of their evening and reduce their burden of cleaning!
TIP #1 Stock Up on Finish Quantum
Tonight I headed to Walmart to pick up some Finish. The great part is that Walmart is having a Rollback for Finish until October, which can be paired with a coupon for even more savings. You want to make sure that you’ve got a supply in stock, otherwise you might revert back to hand washing when your desperately out of tablets!
Just head to the Paper & Cleaning aisle:
It was hard to choose from all the different variations, but I chose the Quantum because there are less harsh chemicals for my family. Plus, no pre-rinsing required! SCORE! And apparently it has a three-chamber capsule that contains Peroxide Action to attack the toughest food stains and is supposed to leave a shine. Couldn’t wait to test if that were true. Has to work better than my half-hazard attempt with a dirty sponge ;).
TIP #2 Ignore the Kitchen When You First Walk Through the Door
The first time you get at home should be your time! Make it a point to put your cleaning and tidying on hold and just ignore the Cheerios crunching under your feet.
If your kitchen is like mine, and you’ve got a big family, your kitchen will look like this when you come home, clutter included:
You can’t believe it, right? It’s the stress that gets my heart rate up when I walk through the door (not to mention the sound of three boys yelling. LOL).
Go set down your purse first…..change into some comfy clothes…..then go chill out with your kids for a little. I admit that I don’t do this very well. I want to clean the minute I walk in. I can’t stand dishes in the sink. But I’m working on it!
TIP #3: Keep Your Dishwasher Cleaner Within Arms Reach
When you’ve got your dishwashing tablets within arms reach, it’s easy to drop one in and start a load, instead of rooting through the closet or cabinets looking for them. I decided to make my own storage box.
(The packaging was difficult to get off the Finish tablets, too. After I was done with it, it looked like I had barely won):
I was going to need something handy to store them in. So I followed my instructions on how to make a DIY gift box out of scrapbook paper, and used some football-themed scrapbook paper to make a little DIY box to hold my dishwasher tablets!
Nicely tucked away now…
Now they’re right on my counter, over my outdated dishwasher, and ready to pop in when a load is ready to go! 😉
TIP #4: Show Your Kids Some Responsibility
I’ll admit that it’s easy to let your kids get off scott-free from helping out. You’ve always done everything for them, so why not clean up after them, too?
Here’s my 4 year old goofing off, helping me load the dishwasher.
However, even kids as young as 4 years old are bright enough to handle helping out with loading a dishwasher. Get them involved! The more they can do, the more time you can save for doing other things, like getting dinner ready.
Just be careful not to let the kids play with the tablets. Be sure to supervise them if they are helping to handle the Finish.
TIP #5 Wash Once and Be DONE!
I don’t know what takes more time: washing by hand….?? Or having to reload the dishwasher because you have spots all over your dishes? Dishes that don’t come clean just zap your free time and wastes money.
I was curious to see how the Finish tablets would perform. Wow, when they make the bold statement that your dishes will be “sparkly clean,” they didn’t lie, did they? 🙂 That’s not photoshopped, you guys! Impressive!
Even the plate was sparkly, too! Trust me–it never looked like that! 🙂
There will always be messy counters to tackle when I come home. But dirty dishes don’t have to be one of those messes!
Tonight I was able to save about 15 minutes of time by letting the dishwasher do the dirty work, while I tackled the countertop clutter. I had picked up ice cream tonight at Walmart, too (mint chocolate chip–my favorite!). And for once actually got to sit down with my boys and enjoy not only dinner, but dessert, instead of washing dishes!
Here are my boys giving me their funniest faces. HA! 🙂 This is Kojo. He’ll be 3 soon!
And this is Ohene, my middle sweetie, enjoying ice cream with Mommy :).
Anyhow, it’s possible to save time when you get home from work, with the right products and time-saving tips.
De-cluttered, and no dirty dishes!
Are you a working mom? How do you save time on kitchen duties and dish washing? Leave your own tips below!