Everyone with kids will know that there are never enough hours in the day and soon enough toys, games and all manner of clutter seems to take over your home.
However decluttering your home needn’t be a difficult task and you can even incorporate your kids into helping tidy up your space to create somewhere the whole family can enjoy and relax together.
Children love to mimic their parents so why not put together a mini cleaning caddy for your little ones so they can follow you round and copy you whilst you clean.
Turn tidying into a fun sing song and all sing the ‘Clean Up Is Fun Song’. Studies have shown an increased attention span whilst listening to music so it could be a fun way to make sure the job gets finished!
You can reclaim your home from the clutter without getting rid of everything you own and inject a little organization without any fuss or spending hours doing it.
Setting up a routine is a fantastic way to help set up boundaries for both you and your little one. You’ll soon find that tidying up becomes second nature as opposed to a chore and your home will no longer be as cluttered as before!
Put labels on boxes/storage so that everything has it’s own allocated spot, by doing this you’ll soon find that your home has less clutter lying around because it has a place to go and if you have no need of it then donate it, it’s amazing what labeling storage can do!
Organizing your closet and your kids closets is a fantastic way to make sure you aren’t wasting space and keeping items you don’t need anymore. If you’ve not worn it in the past six months you don’t need it.
Teaching your children key life skills is important so that as they grow older they are able to succeed in life, they’re also handy ways to emphasize the importance of tidying and helping around the home!
Toys, toys, toys. Kids seem to have a ton of toys and they often appear to take over the home but how many do they actually play with? Make sure you’re not keeping toys for the sake of it because your little ones can and will quickly outgrow them so make sure you regularly declutter toys!
Check the cleaning products you use in your home…undoubtedly they’ll have warnings of toxic ingredients and all sorts of nasty chemicals in them so try using homemade natural cleaners so you can know exactly whats being used inside your home!
Love them or hate them, reward charts can be a fun and creative way to encourage your kids to help keep the home tidy and to even teach them to do things by themselves without always being told!
Mudrooms are a fantastic way to keep your jackets, shoes and outer wear neat and tidy. Now you’ll never have to contend with piles of shoes and backpacks laying around and if you don’t have the room or money for a full room this simple DIY mudroom bench will provide you with everything you need!
Use any photos and frames you have on side tables or shelves to create a gallery wall for some personalised and unique wall art, whilst freeing up much needed storage space and keeping cherished memories out of the reach of your little ones!
With children running about it can be difficult to clean or organise your home however you can get more done in 5 minutes than you ever realized! Try breaking down your jobs and seeing how much you can get done in 5 minutes, simple!
Sherri Bourg Carter has written about how mess causes stress over at psychologytoday.com, however she has also looked at 8 simple remedies to take the stress out of tidying and decluttering, so you can become more relaxed whilst getting the chores done.
Set goals when trying to declutter so you know what you want to achieve. For example do you want to hide everything away or do you just want a slightly tidier home from day to day. Once you know what you want deciding how to get there will be easier if you have a clear goal to work towards.
Don’t over burden your kids with jobs they are still a little too young to do, make sure you’ve given them age appropriate chores as it will help them learn and will mean your home will stay clutter free for longer!
The simplest and easiest way to declutter your home is to get rid of what you don’t need. That doesn’t just mean hunting through your prized possessions to decide what you can bare to part with, instead it mean getting rid of items you’d never miss and would never normally think of throwing away!
You can teach your kids the value of money and the importance of chores whilst instilling a work ethic in them with the ‘quarter plan‘. At the beginning of the month give your youngsters a quarter for each day of the month and for everyday they don’t do their chores take one away from them!
No matter how many kids you have you’re bound to have a plethora of teddies that are just everywhere, so create a teddy pen were you can keep them all in one place!