If you have a messy house it means that you have kids living and loving life and that is a good thing. It is possible to maintain a clean house with kids. Here are a few tips on how to get about it. Let’s get started.
Start doing the routines while the kids are still very young because this is the main reason why people do daily routines. This is important if you want to keep your house clean and organized. You cannot spend all the time cleaning the house because you need time to spend with the kids as well. For example, go to the movies, go to the playground read books together and have fun times together. It’s highly recommended to get dressed first after waking up unlike working in your bedtime clothes because you tend to do the tasks faster. Routines reduce the tasks from being an overwhelming mess.
Get Rid of Waste
Learn to get rid of things that you don’t like, need or use and you will be surprised how much space you will have. After a while, you will notice what your child doesn’t need or use anymore. The best times to do this are before their birthdays and Christmas because you are going to get more clothes more gifts coming in. So it is a great chance to get rid of the things you are not using.
This is great to do before a nap or before going to bed. Have your children put away everything before going to bed, give them a ten-minute warning. For the smaller kids who do not understand what ten minutes mean, use words like in, “a little while “for them not to be hesitant.
Take laundry, for example, have a hamper where they throw their dirty clothes in their room. This should happen when they change their clothes, they should not leave the clothes on the floor. Dishes should be put away after dinner, lunch breakfast is done and no dishes should be let to sit. Let the kids handle the little plastic containers when they want to help with the dishes. Kids oftentimes want to help. We should always give them a chance to and have a little patience, encourage them while at it and have fun as well.
Make Tidying Fun
Put their favorite music that plays especially for the specific time for cleaning up. Set a timer and tell them we are going to stop cleaning when the timer goes off. Make it more fun and interesting. Break down the roles of collecting all the blue colored toys than all the green colored ones then finish up with the red ones. This will make it less overwhelming for them.
Make Things Easy
Make the toys more reachable to the kids. Do not make it complicated. Have bins where everything goes.
For younger kids have a picture of what needs to go in the specific bin because they do not know how to read. In this case, they will know where everything belongs. In that way, it will be easier for them.
Set a Timer
Using a timer is great for both you and your kids. For you when you are doing your morning routines if it’s cleaning the bathroom, making the bed, you can knock it all off in fifteen minutes depending on how fast you are. It is great for your kids if you tell them how much time they have on the task and they are going to hurry up and they will be done in a short time.
Another good way of using a timer is when the child knows that when the timer goes off its time to play with their parent so they will be looking forward to these times. This is such a great idea with your kids.
Put Things Away
Get in the habit of making the kids clean up after the current task before moving to the next. They will get into the habit of doing this until it becomes a rule.
Get a Basket
Put a basket in their room where all the little things go in. Things that they get from their Sunday school or gift wrappings. If they are in school they also get little staff that they collect these things end up as clutter.
That way you can get rid of them. When they are younger they would want to keep them for longer. Keep scrapbooks of the project and show them when they group up as an alternative.
Children can be rewarded for the efforts they make towards keeping the place tidy or cleaning up after playtime around the house. Rewards can be given in forms of gifts or points on other benefits like candy. This is positive re-enforcement and they will always make an effort of picking after themselves keeping in mind that it is rewarding.
Creating Designated Play Areas
Space for play doesn’t have to be plenty. Specific areas in the house can be selected to be play areas and the children are allowed to only play in those specific areas. This, however, needs discipline as children have a tendency of sometimes not really listening to specific instructions so a clear explanation and emphasis is important to be explained to the children to have them understand the importance of having those play areas specific to playing.
This limits the toys to specific places in the house, therefore, making it easy to clean after them after playing hence keeping the house clean. Play areas also don’t always have to be just indoors. Children may be encouraged to play outside if there is enough compound space close by. That way the house doesn’t always have to be littered because the kids are everywhere