Life with children, especially small ones, can be total bliss. At least most of the time. Because for the rest of the time, life can be a messy thing. So, here are a few tips on how to make life easier. · Everyone should help. Mom doesn’t have to do it all by herself.
Everyone who shares the same house should do their share of work, no matter how old they are. For example, small children can help set the table, the older ones can help with the laundry or make the beds, and teenagers can do other chores. · De-clutter. I know, you’ve heard it all before – but if there’s only one thing you ‘d be willing to do, this should be it! It can do miracles with your place!
Don’t throw things out if they mean something to you, you can store them away. You can use boxes with lids for stuff like toys, shoes and clothes being passed from one child to another. · Recycle anything you no longer use. This may be clothes, shoes, toys, kitchen appliances, books or cds.
· Everything has (or it should have) its place. Of course it’s not an easy job keeping things tidy, but everyone will always know where to put them after they are done using, playing, painting etc. No excuses there.
· Be organized. That includes everyone. Let the children come up with their own system, one that they’ll have to stick to, unless it absolutely doesn’t work… They might want to keep certain toys or books separately, and that is totally fine, as long as they put their things back in their designated places.
·Use chores lists or charts that are appropriate for each child’s age and guide them through the process. Be patient, most people aren’t actually born with the “organizing gene” (shocking, I know… for many of us organizing things dawned upon us through pain and error…).
· Try to keep up with the cleaning. Let the children do the dusting and don’t go cleaning after them. The next time they do it they‘ll be better, knowing you trust that they’re able to do it. Don’t forget to give them a big hug afterwards!
· Create extra storage room. It’s always a good idea to go vertical. You can find cheap solutions like shelving units, or you can use the space under the stairs. Use the empty space behind doors to hang shoes for example, or scarves, ties and belts.
· Use the light. The sun can usually do wonders, so try to keep the curtains pulled back for as long as is possible during the day. Not only will your place look bigger, but the light will make it feel warmer and more like a home than a house.
· Re-arrange the furniture. It’s always the quickest way to give a breath of fresh air to your house, plus it might even look bigger.
· Finally, use light colors for your walls. Let the brighter or darker colors for the smaller decorative details and allow your home to be a canvas for them.
Extra bonus: it’s always a fun game with the children to re-decorate the small things. It’s amazing how a few details can change the way your home looks and feels. After all, we make our homes to live in them.
Don’t let the children out of the process; there are only a few things they wouldn’t help you with. Take it from one mom to another: our children are what’s most important, and creating any sort of an organized life for them, with them, will help them be happier.
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