When you’re running around taking care of kids, it’s hard to keep the house clean and in one piece. Having an organized space is essential to being productive and many people tend to freak out a bit if their personal space is slightly messy, so keeping your house clean should be something parents aspire to. You don’t have to spend every day scrubbing down the place like a professional carpet cleaner or housekeeper, but some simple tricks can make sure that your house will stay relatively clean and organized, despite your child’s best efforts.
Get rid of things you don’t need, and stop buying anything that you don’t require. That may sound simple, but it’s impossible to keep a clean house when you’re drowning in clutter. The first step is to get rid of anything that you don’t use often, including toys, old clothes and books. Involve your children in this purge so that you don’t accidentally throw away a treasured toy (you’ll never hear the end of it, otherwise!). Many parents are surprised by how much stuff most kids are willing to discard, since most children today have much more than they actually desire (and some might say than they need). Once this main purge is over, the next challenge is to stop the build-up of new clutter, so seriously consider any purchases that may start the cycle again.
Let Kids Help
Implement an organizational philosophy and help your kids apply it to their daily lives. Toys on the ground are cluttered and messy, but toys in a basket are organized and neat. The simpler and easier clean-up after playtime is, the more likely it is that your child will stick to it. For an even more systematic approach, have similar items grouped together. You could, say, have a box for puzzles, one for Lego bricks (it’ll also stop you from standing on them barefoot!) and one for dolls and their accessories, which helps everything stay tidy. Reward your child for using the system, and don’t be the one caught cleaning up all the time.
Assign room chores that your kids have to do each evening, such as using the carpet cleaner and picking up dirty laundry. This will be much more painless than doing it weekly and you’ll be less stressed that your kid’s room is a pigsty.
Staying ahead of the curve in terms of dirt and clutter is the key to keeping on top of household mess. Apply these tips and you can enjoy your home.