Small kids and messes go together. You almost can't have one thing without the other. If you face loads of household chores on the daily and your kids don't make the situation any better, it's time to set some rules. Keep reading to find out how you can keep your home clean and clutter-free with small kids.
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Have a place for everything
Both you and your children will keep the place tidy and clean if every item has a home. Everything from toys to towels, clothes, school stuff, accessories and others should have a designated place. Keep toys collections in large bins, hampers or shoe boxes. There are a multitude of storage organizers in stores. Stock up with some and organize all your family's belongings.
The next time you clean the house, make sure to put all items that belong to your children in a put-away basket. When you finish the job, have your kids put their stuff away (in the right places!) Instead of carrying individual items and wondering where to store them, just throw them in the basket and then let your children get the job done. That way your floors will be tidy and safe to walk on. No more tripping.
It is important to establish some rules that will keep your home less cluttered. For example, tell your children that they can only play with one toy collection at a time. And that they can take out another one only after they store away the previous items. If they get used to this routine, there will be less clutter in the house. You need to be patient. Your kids will find it hard to get used to this rule. Broadly speaking, kids are not into rules, so you'll have to think of a reward or a punishment if they don't follow your guidelines. This may encourage them to behave well.
When your kids don't want to obey, pick up their stuff
If your children don't put their stuff away after play, gather all the stuff and put it away. Tell them that if they want their items back, they will have to do something. Assign a task to them as in have them clear the table or fold clothes. If they do the task right, return one item only. If they want another item, they will have to do another chore, and so on and so forth until they get all the toys back. This will teach them that if they want something, they have to work hard to earn it. Plus, it may coax them into becoming more organized.
And finally, have a safety zone just for you
For all mothers out there... Sometimes no matter how hard you try, you can't keep everything under control. Your children will make messes on the daily and as much as you want it, you will not be able to keep your home in tip-top shape. For this reason, select one spot in your home you can actually control. When everything goes wrong and your whole house looks like a battlefield, just head to that one place where the chaos cannot get to you. Your tidy, organized and clean safety zone will help you to keep your sanity. Just breathe. As Lawrence Welk put it, “There are good days and there are bad days, and this is one of them.” No worries. You can handle everything as long as you stay in good mental health.
TopDomesticCleaners SE18 hope these tips will help you to keep your home clean and your sanity intact. Good luck with that!