Anyone else struggle at times with keeping a clean house?
It’s not that I don’t know HOW to keep it a clean house that’s the problem. The problem lies in my very talented and very curious toddler. She’s only two, but she was climbing the fridge, upper cuphoards, and microwaving her own food at 18 months old (all in the 5 minutes it took for me to get her newborn sister to finally latch on and nurse).
Things can get kind of crazy at my house. Crazy as in apple juice-on-the-floor crazy. Crazy as in Nail-polish on the carpet crazy. And crazy as in I don’t dare look away for 2 seconds crazy. So it’s not that I CAN’T clean…it’s that anytime I get in the mood I have to ask myself, “Is it worth it?” and “Will I end my cleaning spree with a greater mess?” What takes a normal person 10 minutes to accomplish, takes a mother with young kids 10 x’s that same amount, and sometimes you digress before you progress.
Which is when the inspiration came the other day. And if you are sitting here going, “I can’t believe it took you this long to figure out,” then I crown you Queen Brilliant and salute you with high honors!
And since I’m feeling brief tonight, I’m just going to give it to you straight:
Keeping a Clean House When You Have Young Kids at Home
Keeping a clean house when you have young kids at home, or “Keeping a Clean House for Dummies (me)” has 3 Simple Steps:
- 1. Look at the clutter that has begun to form in all rooms and say to yourself, “I wish it would just all go AWAY!”
- 2. You are the fairy to your own wish. Grab a very large laundry basket, and quickly *prance through each room grabbing all excess junk (or anything that is out of place) and put it in the basket. If your day seems rather dull, add a timer and music.
- 3. Take your heaping basket and hide it in the basement or a faraway closet. Go back upstairs, hug your children, and delight in your tidy home.
- 4. Okay, I lied…there are actually 4 steps: When your husband comes home (or your kids go to bed), delight in the silent alone time and take 10 minutes and put it all away
Repeat as Necessary.
*Step two asks that you prance through the house. Bonus points if you can do it like this woman: Prancercise at its’ finest (You MUST watch if you don’t know what I’m talking about. Very worth your time).
**I realize that it’s very important to teach your kids to work, and picking up their stuff for them will not accomplish that; but in my case…I have a 2-year old and an 8-month old with limited abilities in the chore department.
***Keep in mind when I say “TIDY HOUSE” I am not talking about toys. I store toys in bins and let my kids pull them out one at a time and strew them around at their heart’s content. Toys don’t bother me. It means there is LIFE in the house. When I talk about Tidy, I’m talking about household clutter: mail on the counter, shoes, that craft project from last week that I never finished, etc.
When life gets busy, clutter starts to occur, and that my friends, is when the basket becomes my best friend. I am able to get the mess out of my sight, lift my spirits, but still put it all back into it’s proper place at a time that is most efficient.
Do you have any tips for Keeping a Clean House when you have young kids at home???
On a side note, since I was all about creating household solutions this week, this is how I remember if I have “special care” items in the laundry:
I’m such a goober and can never remember to keep certain items out of the dryer (and sometimes my darling husband switches a load for me without knowing), so this has been the perfect solution this week!
DRY ERASE MARKER!
All sorts of magic is happening this week. 🙂