Busy family life might mean your home isn't always as tidy as you'd like. Before you had kids, you probably kept a home that was in ship shape and maybe miss the days you could have visitors over at the drop of a hat! When there's a million and one other jobs always need doing (and kids can be so messy) it can mean you can't always maintain perfection. However you'll be pleased to know that if you're house proud and want to keep your home looking nice for when guests come over, there are ways to go about it- even when you have children.
DESIGNATE AGE-APPROPRIATE CHORES
Designating chores for children depending on their age and ability not only helps you to maintain a tidy home, but teaches them responsibility too. You could get school aged children to hang up their coats and bags on a hook, and put their shoes in a cupboard when they come home from school. Fix hooks in your coat cupboard that they can comfortably reach and let them know that this where they put their belongings each day. Teach them to put clothes in the washing pile, and for children that are mature enough you could even give them the job of feeding a pet. Small children can be encouraged to help you pick up toys and put them away when they're done playing with them. Get them into good habits and routines, while gentle encouragement and reminding is likely to be needed it will become second nature eventually.
INVEST IN TOY STORAGE THAT MATCHES YOUR DECOR
If you don't want your front room to look like a toy shop, your best bet is to invest in storage that looks like it's part of the room. For example cube storage with fabric baskets, a storage ottoman or a storage footstool are all perfect ways to stash toys out of sight. If you designate a set number of toys which are allowed in the living room (you could rotate them now and again to keep it interesting) they can be easily put away after each use without spoiling the look of your room. That way if you receive the dreaded 'I'm popping over in ten minutes!' text from a friend or family member, you can quickly and easily get your living space in order.
DO A LITTLE EACH DAY
As a busy parent, you might feel like you simply don't have the hours in the day to do a full tidy each day. But if you just keep on top of things, a few minutes of cleaning and tidying makes all the difference. For example, if you do a full deep clean each weekend you can get away with doing a minimal amount during the week. Wipe down the kitchen counters, empty the dishwasher, put bleach in the sinks and toilets and pick up any general mess. It will take you fifteen to twenty minutes tops and really help you maintain a good level of tidiness in your home.
KEEP MESSY FUN FOR THE WEEEKENDS
Things like baking and crafts are always fun to do with kids. But the aftermath of them can mean an awful lot of mess! Keep weekday activities to things that can easily be cleaned and tidied away, and leave the glitter, glue, baking materials or making mud pies in the garden for a Saturday or Sunday. That way you have the time to get it cleared up, and it's not a mad rush getting everything back in order on a day that you're already pressed for time.
How do you keep a tidy home when you have children?
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