As wonderful as it can feel to be a parent, looking after kids can also be quite a challenge. While your little angels mean the world to you, you’re also battling with the constant stress of trying to keep your home looking as pristine as possible.
The good news is that keeping the family home clean and organized doesn’t have to be a nightmare. With a little bit of careful planning, you can tap into the secrets of those stunning family homes that you see online and in parenting magazines.
Make a schedule. The first thing that you should do when you want to run a clean and beautiful family home is to make sure that you know exactly when you’re going to tidy each part of your house. Pushing yourself to try to spring-clean every room once a day is going to end up making you miserable, so designate a time slot for each of the most important jobs that you need to get done each week. For instance, Monday might be when you vacuum, while Tuesday and Thursday are when you dust and scrub the kitchen surfaces.
Invest in some household help. The right tools can go a long way towards making your family home look perfect. If you’re having trouble finding a safe and hygienic way to store leftover snacks in the kitchen, the As Seen on TV Store sells vacuum containers for keeping food fresh. Make sure that you stock up on storage boxes and cabinets—these are perfect for keeping kids’ toys organized.
Create a chore chart for kids. As your kids start to get a little older, they should be able to pull their weight around the house. If you’ve got kids that can help you out, create a chore chart and encourage them to help with simple tasks such as hanging the laundry out to dry or cleaning the dishes after dinner. This will make sure that your entire family unit works like a well-oiled machine when it comes to keeping your home tidy.
Get rid of clutter. Clutter is toxic to a well-organized family home. While it’s tempting to hold on to every treasure and knick-knack that you collect when you’re raising your kids, you’ll eventually have to get rid of some of the things that you don’t need. Every year, get together with the whole family and clear out all the unwanted toys, old books, and anything else that’s simply gathering dust in your home.
Stay focused. Finally, once you’ve established a routine that works, make sure that you stick to it. While it’s all too easy to let things fall to the wayside, particularly around birthdays and holidays, the most organized homes are the ones that maintain a regular schedule.
Enjoy a more organized home. The more organized your house is, the less likely you are to spend your days worrying about an avalanche of cleaning tasks or feeding the kids. Find the routine that works for you and your family, and you’ll soon have the organization that you need to make life a little easier.
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