I know the show “Tidying Up” on Netflix has really taken off in a big way. It has really created a movement of people and families downsizing “stuff” in their homes. I think it’s a fantastic concept, however, no matter how much you get rid of you will still have enough stuff to create an untidy house. Especially with kids! I think the formula with kids is – the amount you get rid of you will gain that amount plus more. It never fails it seems.
The best way to keep a tidy house is to create a system or more so, habits. In the end, it will allow you to spend more time with your family or doing other things important to you. I wanted to give you some tips on creating little shortcuts that really start to add up and make cleaning your house less stressful. My little secret is to tidy up, clean and organize as much as possible as you go about your day. Do let it pile up. Then you really do have to set aside time later to get it all done.
Little Adjustments = Big Difference
- Dishes: Do them as you go. I think this can be one of the biggest time-suckers. If you use something that can be placed straight into the dishwasher, then place it in the dishwasher right away. Don’t keep stacking everything into the sink making it all wait until later. In the end, cleaning as you go won’t make your cooking time that much longer and you’ll be glad after your meal there will be minimal dishes.
- Laundry: We are so fortunate to have washing machines and dryers that basically do all the work for us. I was just thinking, what would like be like without this technology? I don’t even want to know! All I can tell you is do not prolong the laundry process. Even with kids, if you are going to start the process, then make sure to be diligent and finish it in a timely manner! I don’t know about you, but my greatest pet peeve is laundry that has sat in the dryer and gotten all wrinkled. Even if you do turn on the dryer again after this happens a lot of clothing still has wrinkles! So frustrating. So, if I do laundry I make sure to fold it right as it is finished. I try to anyway – it doesn’t always happen… but, doing this will leave you feeling accomplished and most likely less stressed. It doesn’t stay on the to-do list, it just gets done.
- Toys! Toys toys everywhere and not a place to step! This might be familiar to you and you know this happens way too often. Kids like to play! We don’t have an overabundance of toys, but we do have toys that have a lot of pieces. My two young girls are so great and help clean up all the time, but when they do it, pieces to one toy end up in eight different places. It might take more patience than you have to start with, but sit with your kids and teach them how to clean up their toys properly. This is so that in the future you don’t have to set aside a large portion of time to tear the toy room apart just to put it back together “the right way!”…just so they can do it again… Teach them and they can do it from the start. Such a happy thought!
- Floors, Tables, Counter, etc.: This one is simple – clean what you use as soon as you are finished. If the floor gets messy, sweep it right away so the mess doesn’t get tracked anywhere else in the house. If the dining room table was used for dinner, clean it ASAP! It makes for a clean house and if you need to use it for something else, it’s already clean! Love it!
- Communication is key: …even in this area of keep the house clean! Teach your spouse and kids what you do and why it matters. This can be a touchy subject sometimes and create tension – I am sure we have all been there, but setting clear expectations can alleviate some arguments which is a win-win any way you look at it!
After all is said and done, you feel less stressed and suddenly many items on your to-do list are checked off without even trying. This will leave more time for you, or your family or hey, more time to do the other things on your to-do list!
It can be foreign at first, cleaning as you go, but (WOW!)what a difference these little adjustments add up to.
I am hoping that these small changes will give you less stress and maybe a little more peace-of-mind!
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