As a mom, you might find that it’s sometimes hard to keep the house free of the clutter that seems to multiply during the day. Whether it’s toys on the floor or clothing that needs to be washed, there’s always something that can make you feel like you’re going to lose your sanity. Fortunately, you have options.
Here are a few tips on how to keep the house free of clutter so that everyone stays safe while walking and so that the home has a bit of organization.
Don’t Let Things Go
One of the ways to ensure that everything gets done is to stay in motion during the day. If a mess happens, don’t just say “I’ll get to it later”. You may want to put it off, but everything that you put off will just continue to pile up and create stress for you later on. Take breaks throughout the day from running after your children to tidy up and take care of the spills and messes that are happening around you. This way, nothing gets let go and everything gets done little by little.
Play Games With Your Kids
Instead of letting the dishes or the laundry pile up so that it’s overwhelming, tackle each job as it comes. If you let the dishes sit in the sink, then you know that you’ll spend more time washing them than you want. It can also sometimes mean that there aren’t any utensils for you family to eat with. The laundry is the same way in that children might not have any good clothes to wear. Not only that, but it will also take longer to get all of the laundry done if there are several loads to do at once when you finally get to them instead of doing a load a day or every other day. If you feel like your children are getting in the way of you being able to complete even the smallest of tasks, then include them in your chores. Make it a race to see who can get the most socks folded or plates put away. This will teach them new skills that will soon be beneficial to both you and them.
Store Things That Are Not Being Used
Find fun storage containers that children will want to use for their toys and clothing. You can get containers that have chalkboards and whiteboards on the sides, allowing children to write the contents of the container on the box without worrying about getting markers on the furniture. For larger items, like unused playhouses and trampolines, you may want to look into getting an actual storage unit. Facilities, like National Storage, are great places to store those larger items. This is also a great solution if you have a lot of winter items like sleds, snowboards, and clothing that keeps getting in the way when it isn’t in season.
Throw Stuff Out
If something hasn’t been used in the home in months or years, then get rid of it by tossing it in the trash, donating it or selling it at a yard sale. This will help get rid of some of the clutter in the home while giving you a little extra money if you decide to sell the items that aren’t used. When you’ll do this, you’ll feel relief knowing that you have more room in your house and less things to take care of.
When you do all of these things, your home can once again be a place where you feel like you’re sane. All you have to do is tackle a few tasks during the day, such as the dishes or picking up papers, in order to keep the clutter from taking over your life. If you manage the home step by step, then you’ll find that it’s less stressful and that you can enjoy the family.
This is a guest post written by Hannah Whittenly. Hannah is a freelance writer from Sacramento, California. A mother of two, Hannah enjoys writing on blogs of all niches.