It’s no secret that parenting is hard work. I find that one of the hardest parts of being a parent is keeping your house clean when you have little ones traveling behind you. Let’s face it, kids can be a little messy, and it can seem like as soon as you clean something up, they’re right behind you making another mess. To help, here are my 10 tips for keeping your home clean when you have kids!
1. Set a schedule and stick to it
One of the best ways to keep your home clean with kids is to set a cleaning schedule and stick to it. That way, you’ll know when it’s time to clean and you can plan ahead for it. If possible, try to get the whole family involved in cleaning so that it doesn’t feel like such a chore.
2. Invest in some storage bins
Storage bins are a lifesaver when it comes to keeping your home clean with kids. They’re great for storing toys, clothes, and anything else that might be taking up space in your home. Plus, if everything has a place, it’s easier to keep track of and put away when you’re done using it.
3. Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Just because you’re a parent doesn’t mean you have to do everything yourself! If you need help keeping your home clean, don’t be afraid to ask for help from friends or family members. In most cases, people are happy to help out however they can.
4. Keep cleaning supplies within reach
When you have small children, it’s important to keep cleaning supplies within reach so that you can quickly clean up any messes that they make. A good rule of thumb is to keep them in a cabinet or drawer that’s low enough for you to reach but high enough that your child can’t get into them.
5. Put things away as soon as you’re done using them
A big part of keeping your home clean is just being tidy and putting things away as soon as you’re done using them instead of letting them pile up. This is especially important if you have small children who are prone to leaving things out and making messes.
6. Schedule some “me” time every day/week/month
It’s important to take some time for yourself every now and then so that you don’t get overwhelmed by everything that needs to be done around the house. Whether it’s taking an hour-long bath or going for a walk around the block, taking some time for yourself will help you recharge and come back feeling ready to tackle whatever needs to be done next.
7. Have a designated place for everything
Having a designated place for everything and making sure everyone knows where those places are can go a long way toward keeping your house clean and orderly. Creating specific storage areas for toys, clothes, and books will help your children to know where everything goes. And while it may take some time to train them to put things away, it will be worth it in the end.
8. Get everyone in the family involved in cleaning -even the kids!
One of the best ways to keep your home clean is to get everyone in the family involved. kids can be surprisingly helpful when it comes to cleaning up, and involving them in the process can teach them important life skills. Plus, it’s a great way to bond with your kids and spend some quality time together.
There are plenty of tasks that kids can help with, such as dusting, vacuuming, and wiping down surfaces. And when everyone chips in, the job gets done more quickly and efficiently.
9. Create a chore chart
Making a chore chart is a great way to help your family pitch in and get things done around the house.
To get started, sit down with each family member and discuss age-appropriate chores that they can handle.
Once you have a list of tasks, assign them to specific days of the week.
Then, create a chart with the tasks and days of the week, and post it in a central location.
To make it more fun for everyone, consider using stickers or other reward systems for completed tasks. With a little effort, you can create a chore chart that will help your family run like a well-oiled machine!
10. Teach your children how to clean up after themselves from an early age
Teaching your children how to clean up after themselves is a valuable life skill. It’s never too early to start instilling these values in them.
You can start by teaching them to pick up their toys and put them away when they’re finished playing. As they get older, you can teach them how to help with chores around the house like doing the dishes or sweeping the floor.
Not only will this help to keep your home clean and tidy, but it will also teach your children responsibility and accountability. And who knows, maybe one day they’ll even thank you for it!
It can be tough to keep your home clean when you have littles, but hopefully these tips will help make it a little bit easier. Wishing everyone all the best as they tackle this challenging task!
Abbie Clark is a writer, blogger, and founder of Hey She Thrives, RideRambler, and The Bearded Bunch.
Abbie loves helping people, whether that be with an encouraging word for fellow mamas or sharing diy tips for car restoration.
Abbie is a mama, wife, and friend of Jesus.