If you are a mom with small kids around, you know how it can almost be impossible to keep the house clean and tidy. Here are some tips for those moms who still have any hope left of keeping your house tidy (like me!). May perseverance and endurance be ours!
You will need to revisit your definition of tidy
When you become a mom, you definitely need to revisit your idea of tidy. Tidy when I had no kids in the house meant picking everything where I put it last month. It meant all my surfaces where clear and things were stored in the right boxes. Now, scrap that. Tidy now has a totally new meaning. It may mean the toys will be in the baskets, but are visible. It will mean that during some times in the day, the house will be in full play mode meaning that visitors may have nowhere to sit. The good thing is as a mom, most company we keep doesn’t notice this anyway. Neat will look as though the house is in order and has been picked up, but it will be different than what we defined tidy before kids.
Just have the essentials
To keep your house neat when you have kids, then you simply need the essentials. If you have to put decorative or sentimental items on display, do so above arms reach. If you have lots of items in your house, a mini yard sale will help minimize the items. It’s also another way of getting extra cash. Keep the bare minimums on lower surfaces so that you have less items strewn on the floor.
Work with your kids…never against them
When my first born started crawling and pulling everything in the house, I was so offended. Does this kid realize how tedious it is to put the house in order? Is he doing this to test my patience? But then after sometime, I figured out that wasn’t the case and that I needed to come up ways to let the babies be, keep the house orderly but still, be homely.
I ignored when they threw their toys and blocks as they were playing. When they were done, we’d all pick them up. Some days they would do it happily, but others, they would simply refuse. That’s motherhood for you. Most times, I allow them to run around the house with toys then ask them to put them back. Everybody wins.
I’ve realized if things do not have a designated storage space, they all end up in the kitchen counter. If the toys don’t have a place to be stored, you will end up finding them in the wrong places. Get baskets and containers for storing everything. This makes tidying simple because at the end of the day, you just have to put everything back where it belongs.
I clean up after the babies are done with play and then another major sweep when they get to bed. That’s all. These ensures that every night, the house looks neat and tidy before I get to bed. And it really doesn’t take so much time to do it. If you allow the messes to accumulate for 3 days, you will take longer to clean and tidy everything up.
Sometimes, my house looks super neat. Other times, it looks like I just had a tornado in there. I don’t sweat it a lot when it looks lived in, but I think it’s important to teach our children to clean up after themselves. While you may never have that super neat tidy house you once had, you can live in an organized one.