When you have kids, it may seem impossible to keep your home clean and tidy tidy. There are constant messes being made, and who’s got time or energy to clean all that up? Besides, they’ll just mess it all up again. Right?!
Well, today, I want to help you with that!
It is possible to keep a relatively tidy house with kids. My goal is never to have a perfect home. There will be everyday messes that happen. That is life!
The goal is to keep those small messes contained so that they don’t explode into overwhelming messes that are seemingly impossible to clean with kids.
Also, you want to keep up with the little messes in order for you and your family to actually enjoy being home.
And as we are all spending more time at home lately, it’s even more important that you take the right action which will create a home you and your family love being in. Most of us would agree that a comfortable home is one where you’re able to sit back on the couch and maybe even take your shoes off. But at the same time a comfortable house is one that is clean enough that you CAN take your shoes off without stepping on a sticky mess!
So there is a balance.
As a mom, we should be working towards creating imperfect, comfortable homes that allow our families to live well. Part of that is the cleanliness of your home. So let’s talk about 4 specific things you should do.
How to Keep a Clean and Tidy House with Kids:
1. Deal with paperwork and mail right away.
What happens to the mail when you bring it in the house? Does it end up in a pile on the kitchen counter?
And the paperwork from school, church, and work….that’s on the dining room table….
and your desk and piled on the floor in the bedroom…..
It’s all over making a cluttered mess! My best tip is to deal with it right away or as soon as possible.
Instead of placing the mail on the kitchen counter, go through each item and make a decision about it.
- Throw away trash.
- File bills.
- Put up invitations and miscellanous mail.
You may not pay the bills right away, but put it in a file for your bills. That way it is put directly where it goes.
If you have accessive amounts of paperwork from school, church, or work. Be really picky about what you keep. Most of it can be thrown away. Really!
Think about how often you actually go back and read through those old papers. Most likely you don’t. If it’s something you think you might like to look back at, take a picture and save it to your notes app.
The same goes for kid’s school papers and artwork. If you keep everything, then none of it is special. You’ll have SO much, that you and your kids will probably never actually go through it all again.
Instead pick one or two items each month to save. Throw the rest away, and if you need to, take a picture first.
2. Do one load of laundry a day.
Laundry is one of those things that you can always count on, right?!
If your kids are like mine, they go through multiple outfits in a day. Before you know it, the laundry piles get out of control and easily become what I like to refer to as “Laundry Mountain.” If you currently have Laundry Mountain at your house, here’s a specific plan to help you tackle too much laundry.
Once you have gotten it settled, then it’s important to make a habit of doing at least one load of laundry a day. This way, your laundry baskets never get out of hand, and your family always has clothes to wear.
3. Put belongings away after using them.
This is such a simple concept, but it requires intentional action. So start with yourself before expecting it from your kids. Be sure to put things away when you are done using them.
- Put away make-up, hair brushes, and toiletries instead of leaving them on the bathroom counter.
- Put dirty clothes in the hamper instead of “the chair” or on the floor.
- Put shoes, purses, bags, and keys away instead of leaving them on the floor or kitchen counter.
- Put food and dishes away when you are done cooking.
After making these things a habit, you’ll cut back on a lot of clutter in your home. Once you are doing these things yourself, you’ll set the example for your kids. Then you can expect them to do the same. Of course, you can’t expect them to put their shoes away if you always leave yours out.
So here are specific things your children can put away once they are done using them.
- dirty dishes after meals
- backpacks and jackets
4. Stop bringing more into your home.
Do you ever stop and think about all that is coming into your home? Most likely, every day, something new enters your front door, whether it’s a package from Amazon, papers from school, or a shopping trip to Walmart.
It’s part of life. You need stuff, especially with kids. But I encourage you to get really intentional with what you allow in your home.
Before you buy something, ask yourself if it will add to the comfort and function of your home in the long run?
Or will it only be a momentary pleasure that will become clutter a few days or weeks later?
Also, be active in taking things out of your home that are no longer serving a purpose to your family. As you go through different seasons with your children, you’ll find that there is a lot of stuff they no longer need: baby items, clothes, and toys.
Instead of hanging on to them, let them go. Whenever I donate clothes, I think about the people who’ll be using them. It’s not that I’m giving away clothes that I spent our hard earned money on. Instead it’s the fact that I’m helping someone else out. I’m giving the items away so someone else can use it since we can’t anymore.
If you do these 4 daily habits, you’ll see that keeping a clean and tidy house with kids is pretty simple.
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