How to keep your house clean and tidy WITH KIDS
Do you ever feel like living in a frat house since having a kid? Like you can never ever get a break from picking up sippy cups, clothes and toys with half their parts missing? Is it really so hard to keep your house clean and tidy with kids living in it?
I am a bit of a freak when it comes to cleanliness and keeping everything in order in my living and working space. I like order, I like my peace and quiet (hence the name of our blog 🙂 ). Every once in a while, I like to sit on the couch, have my coffee and not look at a pile of toys.
Those days are gone for me now since I became a mom. I can only imagine what it’s like having more than one kid, so I think I might wait a little bit on the second one. Even with only having one kid, I feel like I am running through an obstacle course sometimes. Since I am also working full time, I had to evolve in this super organized woman. If I skip a task, laundry piles up, there are toys in each and every corner of the house and we have no clean dishes.
I will share some useful tips that work well in our household and help us function better. I hope it works for you so you have more time for your family. And Netflix.
1. Do not let laundry pile up.
Make it a daily routine (or every other day) to put a load of laundry, so you don’t have a pile of dirty clothes when the weekend comes. Nothing grinds my gears like having no clean clothes to wear in the morning when we are all rushing to get out of the house on time.
2. Ask everybody to put their dirty clothes in the basket.
This way you are not missing anything and don’t have to circle the house and pick up dirty socks and shirts from every room.
3. Set aside time for cleaning and stick to it.
This helps me because once I get to it, I do it all! Mopping floors, dusting, cleaning the toilets etc. Then I sit for half an hour and admire my gorgeous house. And then poof! It’s gone. All ruined by a husband that suddenly decides to cook or a kid that just “really needs” to paint right now. But hey, at least I had that half an hour!
4. Make order in everybody’s closet and ask everybody to maintain it.
This way you know where all the clothes are and you don’t spend precious time looking for that one shirt you had in mind for the next day. Or that Elsa dress your daughter decides to wear 5 minutes before you need to be out of the house.
5. Do not let dirty dishes wait until the next day.
If you are a control freak like me, then this is the perfect chore for your hubby, or your older kids. There is not so much room for messing up so anybody can do it. I think that one of the most depressing things might be a sink full of dirty dishes found in the morning by a person that desperately needs their caffeine dose. So turn the dishwasher on in the evening after you are finished with your dinner.
6. Use storage boxes for toys.
Buy a few and sort different types of toys in different boxes. This really comes in handy when my daughter asks for a certain toy and I exactly know where it can be found.
7. In fact use storage boxes for everything.
Or folders. Organize your drawers and your storage. This way your are more efficient and not wasting time on looking for things. Plus, it’s super easy to get everything back in order when things have a place they belong in.
8. Engage everybody in picking up clutter.
It is very easy to become overwhelmed by clutter if you are the only one taking care of it. Engage your kids and your husband in picking up stuff after themselves. Make a “five minutes pick up time”. Everybody jumps and picks up all that they can find in just five minutes. You will be amazed in how much you can all get done in such a small amount of time.
9. Fold clothes, store jewelry, bags and shoes on daily basis.
You know that “chair” everybody leaves their clothes on at the end of the day? Get rid of it. As a matter of fact, burn it! Those clothes are probably going to the washer anyways so either put them there or hang them in your closet.
10. Hire help if possible.
This might be debatable. Some might think of you as a lazy person. Some might think of you as one lucky gal who can afford help. I think of it as spending a part of the money I earn and help another woman provide for her family. It’s a win-win situation. I use it only when our house needs deep cleaning and our windows are becoming a certain shade of brown-gray. And even in that case, I spend this time organizing closets, toys and all these small chores I never got a chance to do.
Some people are better at tolerating mess and chaos. I am not a part of that chill group of people, even though I so much wish I was. If you are anything like me, I really hope these tips might help you. And remember, it’s not the end of the world. You can always turn off the lights and all the mess is magically gone ;).
My Quiet Spot
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