Happy New Year to you all.
I made a resolution to myself at the start of 2018 that this year I will do my best to declutter our home and have a really big sort out. I really like the idea of being a minimalist and just having the basics and every day items that I need instead of all the clutter that we’ve accumulated over the years but I’m not sure how well that will work out with 3 children!
We’ve started the new year a little bit upside down in our house which is why I want to get on top of things and turn this house around. I’m sure it’s not just me that feels like this but now Christmas is out of the way and our double birthday celebrations are over our house is looking pretty cluttered. We’ve accumulated Christmas gifts and birthday gifts on top of our normal everyday stuff so it’s a little crazy at the moment and hard to find everything a new home. Our cat Felix is living proof that the toys really are taking over!
I’m only 10 days into January and have already made a start on bagging up any unwanted items ready to either sell or to give away. I’ve got clothes bagged up for the charity shop and have already donated a big bag of baby girls clothes to a friend. I’m working my way through each room bit by bit and it’s going to take time but I am determined to achieve my goal.
I was contacted a few days ago by a lady named Sophia who runs her own cleaning business in London and wanted to share an article she’s written on how to minimise cleaning when you’re a busy parent with children, Sophia offers some great tips and comes with many years of experience when it comes to cleaning and decluttering. I use a lot of these tips myself which are great for when you’re juggling work, kids and home life. Have a read and I hope you can take away a few of her tips and useful advice.
Time-saving ways to minimise the cleaning process when you have multiple kids
Parents of multiple kids often struggle with keeping their homes clean. Inevitably children make all types of messes and cleaning after them is a full-time job. These small bandits can’t be blamed and it is parents’ responsibility to ensure a healthy living environment for them. If you have had it with dealing with huge amounts of housework during the weekend, maybe the following tips will help you turn the situation around and decrease the time you spend cleaning. Every child is able to perform some simple domestic chores, so you can also involve yours into the home maintenance.
When it comes to a tidy home, this is imperative. Very often having kids means having numerous gadgets and useless items. If you haven’t done it recently, take a big plastic bag and inspect all rooms of your home for clutter. Get rid of all broken toys, empty packings or expired cosmetic products. Give away any old clothes or stuffed toys and make sure that you keep at home only things that you and your family actually use. Make sure to declutter once per week, this will significantly improve the condition of your house.
Decluttering means more free space, which gives a pleasant feeling. If there are any objects or items in your home that don’t have their own place, take your time and reorganise the cuboards and wardrobes. Keep the surfaces, shelves and worktops empty. This way, your kids won’t be able to scatter any kitchen or other items around the house. Plus, you will always know where to find what you need.
Avoid buying unnecessary things
Only parents with multiple kids know that shopping with the family can give you a headache. Children constantly want new toys, even if they will enjoy them for not more than 3 days. Instead of buying all types of interactive gadgets and toys, teach your kids that they need to appreciate what they have. Buying less means less clutter. Purchase only necessary for your family items and products. If there are too many things on the shelves and other surfaces, your home will look messy even if you clean it regularly.
Clean as you go
This is imperative if you want to decrease the amount of time you spend cleaning during the weekend. Always leave the kitchen area clean after cooking. When your family finishes with the dinner, wash the dishes and wipe the table. Tidy up a little bit of the common areas when necessary and regularly empty the rubbish bin. Don’t postpone for tomorrow what you can do today. In this way, next time when you need to clean the house
it won’t be necessary to declutter or do some small preparations first.
30-minute clean up
Choose one day of the week and make a quick clean up. For example, when your children are sleeping, declutter a bit, hoover, fold the washed clothes, prepare the dirty ones for washing, hoover the floors, clean the kitchen
cupboards and appliances, etc. No one likes dealing with huge amounts of housework at once. For 30 minutes you can accomplish a lot of domestic duties.
Teach your kids to help you
The sooner your kids understand that they also need to contribute to house maintenance the better. Moreover, if you clean together, the housework won’t be such a tedious and time-consuming task. By assigning small domestic chores to kids, you are helping not only yourself but the whole family. Cleaning is an educational activity and can help your kids acquire important skills.
I’d love to hear your cleaning tips and how you juggle keeping on top of the clutter.
Thanks for reading