It’s completely normal for a mom (or any caregiver) to struggle with keeping a house clean and organized with kids. Children can be a lot of work and can sometimes leave a trail of messes behind them, which can make it difficult to keep a house tidy. It’s important to remember that it’s okay to have a less-than-perfectly clean house, especially when you have young children. The most important thing is to create a safe and welcoming home for your family.
That being said, it’s understandable that moms (and other caregivers) may still want to maintain a clean and organized home as much as possible. I know it can be tough to keep the house clean with little ones running around, but trust me, it is doable! Here are some suggestions to help you maintain a clean and organized home, despite the chaos that kids can bring. Happy parenting!
1. Involve the whole family in house cleaning
One way to make cleaning more manageable with children in the house is to involve the whole family in the process. Instead of one person shouldering the burden of keeping the house clean, divide the tasks among all members of the household. Not only will this make the process easier and more efficient, but it can also be a great way to teach kids about responsibility and the importance of keeping a clean home.
One strategy for keeping your cleaning responsibilities under control is to prioritize certain areas and items that need to be cleaned. Recognize that it’s not possible to clean the entire household every day and differentiate between tasks that should be done daily and those that can be done later. This will help you stay more organized and prepared and allow you to focus your time and energy on the most important tasks first.
3. House Cleaning Calendar
Another way to stay organized and on top of cleaning tasks is to create a cleaning calendar. This calendar should outline what needs to be cleaned and when, such as daily tasks like making the bed and cleaning kitchen counters, or weekly and monthly tasks like cleaning the bathrooms and fridge. This can help you stay on track and make sure that all cleaning tasks are being taken care of in a timely manner.
4. Cleaning Products
It’s important to use safe and non-toxic cleaning products, especially if you have young children in the house. Make sure to read labels carefully and consider any allergies or sensitivities that your child may have. To make cleaning easier, keep your cleaning products in a safe and easily accessible location, and consider using smaller cleaning tools like rag cloths, spray bottles, and dispensers for cleaning tasks. This can help ensure that everyone in the household has access to the tools they need to keep things clean and tidy.
5. Chore Chart
Making and following a chore chart has multiple benefits attached to them. It helps you be organized and planned and also teaches your kids responsibility and punctuality. You can make a chore chart appealing to your children by using multiple colors and children’s stickers. Designate a specific chore and specify the time to do it too. Don’t make their chores monotonous, keep rotating between multiple chores like one day of the week assign cleaning utensils or another day of the week taking out the garbage.
6. Have a Place for Everything
Every item in the house must have a permanent place that is a place where it must be kept after use. Both you and your children should follow this. When followed you will start noticing how clean your house becomes without a deep cleanse. The messiness will vanish. It will teach your children accountability and how to be organized. Once they are done playing with their toys teach them to put them back in the right place.
7. Rules and Consequences
Establish clear rules and regulations in the household with your children. In an instance where they do not pick up the toys after repeatedly saying so, confiscate the toy. Having cleaning rules with children will ensure a cleaner household and responsible children. Remember never to punish them in a harsh or extreme way, the punishment should always be in line with the action. Physical punishment is the biggest no-no for parents.
8. Role Model Behaviour
As I have mentioned in my previous articles, children are highly impressionable. Children learn from their parents and other surrounding adults. So, if you want your child to be cleaned and organized, you as a parent should also be like that. If you want your child to clean their room and messes you should do the same. Clean your rooms, after usage put the items in the right place, etc. and when parents do this, children tend to follow.
9. Make House Cleaning Entertaining
There are many ways to make cleaning more enjoyable for kids. You can create a reward system, turn cleaning into a game, use a fun chore chart like a spin-the-wheel model, or play music while cleaning to make the activity more entertaining. By making cleaning fun, you can help your children develop a positive attitude towards housekeeping and make it an enjoyable activity for the whole family.
10. Declutter before House Cleaning
Mary Kondo through her book Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up taught us the importance of decluttering. One key to keeping house clean and organized with kids is to regularly declutter and get rid of unnecessary items. Children tend to accumulate a lot of toys, crafts supplies, clothes, and other items that can quickly pile up and create clutter. By decluttering once a month or whenever you feel it’s necessary, you can help keep things under control and free up space for the things that are most important to your family. Consider donating decluttered items to charity or giving them to those in need – not only will this help you stay organized, but it’s also a great way to teach your kids about the value of generosity and helping others.
“You are doing a great job as a mom, don’t worry, this mess might be new and confusing but that’s okay! This is a great opportunity for teaching your kids some values and responsibilities. It is also a challenge for you, which I am sure you will overcome with ease and dexterity. Also everyone, kindly stop judging moms! Give us a break!