Children are a joy to have in life, but they come with an unfortunate side effect known as messiness. Indeed, even the most well-behaved kids can turn a clean home into a cluttered one in a matter of seconds, just by playing around. These six ways to keep your house clean with messy kids will help you maintain your sanity and cleanliness at the same time.
Use Cubicle Shelving and Fabric Drawers
Cubicle shelving systems are perfect for kids’ rooms because they are versatile, sleek and functional all at the same time. Get some fabric drawers to go in the cubicles or simple storage boxes, so you can store your kids’ toys without making the room feel cluttered. Put different types of toys in different colours of drawers for easy organization.
Clean As You Go
Teach your children to clean up every time they are finished with their toys. For instance, if you are getting ready to eat supper, you can work with your children to clean up before they come to the table. Teach your kids to clean before bed time, before they leave for school in the morning, before friends come over etc., and you will only have to worry about cleaning a little mess at a time. If you are going to let your kids help you clean, make sure the products you use are natural and don’t contain any nasty chemicals.
Set Up a Playtime Rug
Get a special rug for your child’s room, play room, or living room that acts as a playtime rug. Teach your children to bring their toys and colouring books to this rug when they want to play. Their toys cannot span past the rug. If that starts to happen, they need to put something away. This will centralise the mess and make it easier for you to clean up.
Reward Your Children for Cleaning
Come up with a rewards system for cleaning so your children are motivated to keep their messes down. You could do this with an allowance of some sort, or you could offer extra TV time, play time, snack time, and more. Figure out what gets your kid most excited about cleaning and then roll with that idea. The more work they do, the less you will have to worry about.
Donate or Pack Away Unused Toys and Clothes
If your child has clothes and toys that he/she no longer uses, donate them to a local shelter or op shop. You could also consider selling these items online if they are valuable and in good condition. Since children grow out of clothes very quickly, it is easy to get overwhelmed with all of the clothes you have lying around. Clear out the clutter so you can get rid of the headache.
If you plan on having kids again in the near future, you can store these toys and clothes in plastic bins for easy access. Put them in the top shelf of a closet, away from your child’s reach.
Keep Your Own Room Clean
Children follow their parents’ example. If you do not maintain a tidy bedroom, your child will not see the need to keep his own room clean. Lead by example and make sure that your personal space is kept clean at all times. Put on a happy face when you clean, so your children associate this act with a positive emotion. This will hopefully drive them to keep their belongings clean and minimise your stress at the same time.