When you have a new baby you are going to be challenged, and usually what is left to deteriorate is the condition of the house.
New parents have to take every opportunity to find ways to rest, care for the home and keep up with the baby.
To begin with, if a family member such as a mother or sister offers to help, don’t be prideful. If they will come watch the baby and perhaps straighten up a bit, that will give you a chance to renew your energy level thereby helping to give you the capability of cleaning. If they don’t do things the same way as you do don’t fret. It is easier to adjust things than to start from scratch.
Keep baby’s things all in one room. Changing diapers and dressing the baby can be confined to one room. This prevents the rest of the house from being littered with bibs and bottles and even diapers.
Pick things up as you go along so there is not an overwhelming job to do in a few days with respect to straightening.
Prioritize your time. Taking care of the baby is first priority; you are second with respect to relaxing your body and mind; food preparations and other household tasks should be third and everything else can wait until you have time.
Keep something like Clorox wipes handy for quick cleanups in the bathroom and the kitchen to save time because you really don’t have time to do a thorough cleaning.
Get a “front-facing” baby carrier so that you and the baby are always facing one another and the baby can see you. This is very valuable because you can move along with household chores often without interruption and in fact the baby may go to sleep.
When the baby is sleeping you rest too. Don’t try to clean while baby is sleeping. You will become exhausted. Clean when the baby is awake.
If you have the resources, have a cleaning company or even a teenager who wants to make extra money come to your house every ten days or so and get it back to where it should be.
Don’t worry about getting everything done at once. Do a little at a time such as doing a couple loads of laundry.
Conversely, if you get a block of time and you’re feeling good, do as much as you can in blocks of time.
The most obvious thing here also is the help of the husband. Whether that means getting up with the baby or fixing a bottle or doing dishes where one person will struggle, it will not be much of a challenge for two.
Having said all of that, going through the first few weeks with a new baby will be hard. Perhaps you can do some planning prior to birth but always remember most things can wait.