It might feel like an impossible task to keep a clean house when you have kids. As soon as you are done tidying up one room, another part of the house is being torn apart. The good news is that your home does not have to be cluttered all the time just because you have kids there.
Here are some useful tips to make the job easier for you:
Have a Home for the Toys
If your kids do not know where their toys go, chances are they will leave their things lying around everywhere. One simple way to help kids organize their toys is to have wicker baskets in their play room where they can put their books, toys, and clothing accessories. Not only are storage baskets practical, they also come in fun colors to match the overall aesthetics of your kids’ play room.
Establish a Cleaning Routine
A daily cleaning routine will greatly help to keep clutter at bay. Before you go to work, you can do a 30 minute speed cleaning that includes making the beds, folding laundry, and wiping down kitchen counters. You can also do another round of speed cleaning once you get back from work to deal with paper clutter, and to organize the living area. Reserve all the extra cleaning tasks for the weekend, so you do not get distracted from your daily cleaning chores. Also, do not think that you have to do everything on your own. Know when to seek the assistance of professional cleaners so you can take a break from a week of cleaning, and enjoy some quality time with your family. When you schedule a weekly deep clean by trained cleaners, you can have peace of mind that even if you do not get everything done all at once, your home will still be sparkling clean after a weekly detail cleaning.
Clean as You Go
To prevent your home from falling into disorder, teach the kids to put things where they belong as soon as they are done playing with their toys, and using their coloring books. If there is a spill, clean it up as soon as you can instead of letting the mess build up, and delaying the cleaning.
Make Cleaning Fun for the Kids
You know that you could use a hand with all the cleaning that you need to do around the house, but who can help you when your spouse is as time-crunched as you are? The simple answer is your kids. As a parent, you want them to learn the importance of organization and cleanliness – a lesson that will serve them well as they grow up. To get the kids to help with simple cleaning chores, it is important to remember that they can get easily bored with cleaning tasks if they are no fun to do. So to get them to help you without actually making it look like they are doing chores, encourage a friendly competition where you will set a timer for two minutes and have your kids collect as many toys as they can. You will be amazed at how much clutter they will be able to pick up, and how this can make cleaning the house so much easier for you.
Break Down Your Tasks
Doing a little bit of cleaning each day will keep you from spending all weekend removing cobwebs from the ceiling and scrubbing the bathroom tiles. As such, it is better to list the specific chores that need to be done on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. Once you have broken down your chores, focus your attention only on what needs to be done at that day, and leave the deep cleaning of the house to professional cleaners. This way, you can take a break from cleaning the house on your free day, but still be able to keep clutter and dirt at bay.