This mum's funny how-to-clean guide is one we can all embrace

The tongue-in-cheek cleaning guide.
Meredith Ethington / Perfection Pending

The tongue-in-cheek cleaning guide.

A US mother, tired of seeing "cute cleaning" schedules on Pinterest designed to help mums stay on top of household mess, decided to create a more realistic how-to guide - and it's one we can all get on board with.

"In reality," writes Meredith Ethington in a post to her blog Perfection Pending, "when you have a young family, there is no such thing as a "clean house" unless you want to sell your soul to your mop and vacuum."

Mum to a 10-year-old, 8-year-old and a 5-year-old, Ethington breaks down her foolproof cleaning routine into daily, weekly and monthly tasks. And you're probably already doing quite a few of them...

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A daily task, Ethington says, includes: "close bedroom doors to your kids' rooms so you forget how messy they are." And another helpful daily tip? "Do a smell check for urine in the bathroom."

Moving on to the weekly to-do list, Ethington suggests mums: "look under the couch cushions for lost food," and "try to remember where the vacuum is." Totally achievable, right?

On a monthly basis, Ethrington writes, "consider burning the house down because, you're too far behind", "spend an entire day cleaning and forbid your children to come home, and, of course, "cry".

Seems legit.

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The US mum told The Huffington Post, that the response to her hilariously honest (and clearly tongue-in-cheek) cleaning guide has been fantastic.

"I've had so many mums thanking me for keeping it real, and for giving them realistic expectations," she said.

"My biggest goal with my blog has always been to take away the unrealistic expectations we often see on social media, and help mums realise that they don't have to be perfect at everything to be good parents," Ethington added.

"I just hope it makes a mum feel less alone and like she is doing a good job even if her house doesn't look like a magazine."

You can watch a video of the guide here:

 - essentialkids.com.au

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