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the house clean is a daily battle with 4 children under the age of 6. While
they are beginning to help me in some ways, I do the lion's share of
work. Over the years I have developed some time saving cleanup tips. One
of the best ways to tidy up fast is to carry a wicker basket around
the house and
put everything that is out of place in the basket. In about 15
minutes flat, my whole
house looks tidy! When I have a few extra minutes, later that night
or the next
day, I then unpack the basket and put each item where it belongs. What
house cleaning tips do you have? How do you keep your house organized and
straight without spending hours each day cleaning?
That is a good question? How do you do it? I have a 9 yr old a husband taking an online college course and an in law with health problems. It's hard to keep up with everyone and being pregnant and tired all of the time. Please give me some tips, so I won't lose my mind or my temper.
This is very difficult. Whenever I try to get one thing done the kids are in the next room making another mess for me to clean up or they are fighting over toys or something and I have to stop what I'm doing so that I can referee. It seems the only time that I can accomplish any cleaning is after the kids are in bed. But, my 5yr old and 20mth old are responsible for picking up there toys every day. I will do laundry, sweep and do the dishes, but, I won't pick up the toys. There has been occation when my son refused to pick up. So, I said that I will pick up the toys into a garbage bag and he will lose them for some time. The toys got put into the basement until he could take care of his things.
I have come to the conclusion that maybe we just need fewer things. The toys get strewn around the house for no real reason. They don't "really" play with them...just drag them around. I am going to start putting them up in the basement as well. Maybe then we can keep the house clean for longer than a day!!!
Thanks for all of your suggestions... I guess it is an ongoing battle we all face!!!!
I have a three month old and a four year old. At first I didn't know how to juggle it. My mom told me that it is really important to try and get the baby on a schedule if I could. So as I have gotten him in a routine I have created one of my own. I have certain things that I get done each day. Monday I try to get the laundry knocked out. Tuesday is the bathroom and our bedroom and so forth. I also try to make picking up part of the game with our four year old. Once he cleans up his lunch plate he gets a piece of candy or we put one game away before we get out another. Just a couple ideas but it really is a daily struggle. lol
I usually write a list for each day to do. Some things may not get done,, but I try to put only a few things on the list. Also I try to do one room a day, while keeping the main areas clean. It helps if the kids can have a playroom, and only able to keep their toys in their playroom. Maybe downgrading is needed. Get rid of unused toys, outgrown clothes, things you don't use around the house. And by all means, get the kids to help as much as possible!
I think it helps to teach the kids to pick up their toys just to keep the clutter to a minimum. I figure that if they have so many toys they can't keep them put away, then they need to be thrown out/given away. If I have to pick up toys, they get taken to charity. I also like to have a list of major things I'd like to have done for the week and I try to at least get one of those things done each day. Something else is that I have really changed my outlook on what it means to have a clean house and what things are really important to get done.
Lists work wonders. Maybe with the little ones that can't read yet, draw pictures on a chore chart so that they can help out some. At the end of the week, if they've done all their chores, take them out or ice cream, or to get new toy. Let them help out as much as possible.