It’s no secret that kids make a lot of mess. You can tidy a room, leave your kids in there for a few minutes and it looks like a whirlwind has hit. Having little ones does make keeping your home clean much harder, simply because you have less time and more to clean. The question is, does that mean your home has to be a mess? The answer is no, even with little ones your home can be kept nice and clean.
Admittedly, it takes more time and effort, but it is doable. If you’re struggling to keep on top of the housework now that you have little ones, don’t despair, you’re not alone. To make keeping on top of things and ensuring your home stays tidy easier, here are a few useful tips.
Clean as you go
The best way to ensure that your house stays nice and tidy is to clean as you go. For instance, once you’ve made breakfast, wash up what you’ve used and wipe the surfaces. If something is cooking for a while, clean up while it’s being cooked. That way, all the cleaning is done before you’ve even finish the cooking. In each room in the house, have a cleaning basket. This should contain cleaning items, including a sponge, wet wipes, and an anti-bacterial spray like the ones from Better Life. Then, whatever room you’re in, you’ve got what you need to clean up after yourself.
Teach your children to tidy up after themselves
The earlier kids learn to clean up after themselves, the better. If you want to make it easier to keep your home clean, make sure that your children know to clean up after themselves. Implement a rule that says they can have no more than three toys out at a time, if they want to get another out they need to clear the others away. Each night before bed, ask your children to clear up their toys. When they do it without complaining, reward them. This teaches them that clearing up after themselves is important.
Have a day for each chore
Instead of trying to do everything at once, break down your chores into days. So for example, on Mondays, you could vacuum and do a load of washing. On Tuesdays, you could clean the windows and bathroom. On Wednesdays, you could do more washing and deep clean the kitchen. On Thursdays, you could vacuum again and tidy the bedrooms. On Fridays, you could mop the floors. On Saturdays, you could do another load of washing. And on Sundays, you can relax. Breaking down your household chores into daily tasks makes them much more manageable. I usually mop the floors on Fridays, as I said, and I’ve recently just bought a new mop (you can learn more about Clean That Floor) which makes it much more exciting! Having new cleaning tools makes cleaning much easier.
Last but not least, be systematic. If you want to make keeping your house clean and tidy easier, you need to have a system in place. For instance, in your bathroom have a laundry basket where dirty clothes can be stored. This prevents clothes from being chucked on the floor. Believe it or not, having a system in place can make all the difference when it comes to keeping your home clean and tidy.
See? I told you it was possible to keep your house clean and tidy even when you have messy little ones.