Wondering how to keep a house clean with kids? Check out these tips!
How do I keep a house clean with kids? It can seem overwhelming and impossible, right?! However, I want to encourage you that it is not. With a few simple tips, you will see that you can keep a house clean, even with kids. It just takes some adjustment of our minds and regular rhythms.
How to Keep a House Clean with Kids
Do small tasks every day.
Taking time to do small regular tasks each day, helps keep a house clean. The idea may sound overwhelming at first. However, as you follow the routine, you will soon see that you are able to do these tasks quickly.
Every day, I have five daily tasks that are priorities.
- Make the beds.
- Do one load of laundry.
- Wipe the counters.
- Check the floors.
- Do an evening pick-up.
A cluttered home is harder to keep clean. If you have not decluttered, consider checking out the Clear the Clutter Challenge. If you have decluttered, make sure to continue to declutter. A simple way is every season you can declutter clothes, at birthdays and Christmas you can declutter toys.
Involve the family.
Cleaning our homes is a great way to involve the family! One simple way is to involve everyone in the evening pick-up. Another way is to involve the family in putting their laundry in the dirty clothes basket. Kids can easily help dust and older kids can take on the task of vacuuming or cleaning the bathrooms.
As your child helps, encourage them! They want to help but will be crushed and less willing if they are corrected the whole time.
Keep cleaning supplies where they are used.
I have found this to be such a helpful tip. When I have bathroom cleaner in the bathroom, I can quickly grab it to wipe things down in the morning. This does not have to be complicated. Keep a glass spray, all-purpose cleaner, and toilet cleaner handy. I like to keep them under the bathroom sink.
Have an end-of-the-day clean-up.
This habit is key because it helps you start off the next day on the right foot. No one wants to wake up to a mess. It is overwhelming. At the end of the day set a timer for 10 minutes and enlist your family in a quick clean up. This will help keep the messes cleaned up.
Let go of perfection.
Our goal should not be to create perfect homes but to create homes that are a haven for our families. These homes will have imperfections. There will be dust and smudges. We do not need to spend every waking moment cleaning. I aim to have a clean-ish home, it is not perfect. Do your tasks and then rest in knowing it is okay when little messes come.
Want more tips and help with cleaning your house?
Check out the Modern Homemaking Kit. It contains checklists for daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and yearly cleaning. It is a great way for you to keep all of your cleaning items together. Learn more here.
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