4 Tips on how to keep the house clean with kids. -Hacking Parenthood

4 Tips on how to keep the house clean with kids. I say clean, not tidy!! Tidy is a whole different matter, but if you get the first tips right. Tidy can be an option.

Ever since I had my daughter, I knew I wanted to stay at home and be there for her,  teaching her what she needs to know, and guiding her. Even though it is just her, she really does take up so much time in my day. Where does anyone find the time to cook, clean and do the shopping. It has taken me over a year and a half to finally get my life into some sort of order. Yes, if another one comes along I will have to reshuffle and start again. Hopefully, if I stick with these tips, I won’t have a problem.

Here are a few tips on how to keep the house clean with kids.

  • De-clutter the house.

The more stuff you have, the more its going to end up everywhere. As my family know, I can be a hoarder. I love to keep every little thing that reminds me of a memory I think I should keep. This year I went on a massive clean out bender as we live in a small flat and needed to use the space better. I really had to let go of a lot of things that weren’t helping me. I followed the rules of Kon Mari and recently watched a documentary on Netflix called ‘Minimalism’. These two things were enough to make me purge things that I don’t really need. Once I did it. My mind started clearing and I felt I could breathe in my home. It took a year of sorting out over and over again. Each time getting rid of more and more.

  • Set out a routine.

Setting out a routine is the scariest thing anyone like me can do. I love my freedom and ability to just do things when and where I want. I realise now that having a routine (mine is very flexible) can really help with the day to day running of a household. Things that need routine are the washing up, the washing, grocery shopping. Once you know when these things need to be done, then you can rely on it. You know if you follow it, things won’t get on top of you.

We tend to do the weekly shop on a Monday or Wednesday, I do the fruit and veg shop and a trip to a supermarket for the extras. Washing up gets done in the afternoon and then after dinner, the washing has a rota of darks, lights, nappies, break. I clean the house every Thursday and sweep every night after dinner.

  • Hang up the washing straight away, then fold straight away into a basket.

We all know that the washing is the hardest thing to keep on top of. So much of it! Once the load is done, that gets hung up straight away. Once it has dried, I fold it straight away into the basket, I’ll take the basket around to put the clothes away. Using a basket mean that you don’t have to struggle to try to hold all the folded clothes that need to be taken to all the bedrooms. Just take the basket.

  • Do a quick clean in the evening.

Pre-baby times, I would never clean after dinner, unless I was in the mood. Now I would rather do it in the evening so that it is nice a clean in the morning to start the day. Luckily my darling husband does bath time so this is a great time for me to do a wiz around the house ready for the morning.

What awesome tips do you have to share about how to keep the house in a generally ‘normal’ state?

 

4 Tips on how to keep the house clean with kids. -Hacking Parenthood

14 Comments

  • Reply Angela Milnes January 27, 2017 at 11:10 am

    I always do the laundry straightaway. When I get out of the dryer (we use a dryer as I’m often unwell) I fold it straight away and it stops there lady from getting creased.

    • Reply Hacking Parenthood January 27, 2017 at 1:54 pm

      Yeah, it’s so much better to fold straight away. Useful having a dryer.

  • Reply Fashion and Style Police January 27, 2017 at 11:10 am

    Fab tips. Having a routine helps keep the house tidy.

    • Reply Hacking Parenthood January 27, 2017 at 1:51 pm

      Routine really helps. 😀😀

  • Reply Zena's Suitcase January 27, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    Washing is our biggest problem. I try so hard to fold as I go but it seems to pile up no matter what I do

    • Reply Hacking Parenthood January 27, 2017 at 1:50 pm

      It’s the worst. Iv cut down my wardrobe so much and it just helps so much. Trying to be minimalistic with it.

  • Reply Emma January 27, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    I don’t where all the stuff we gather in our house comes from! We declutter the house twice a year, there are always so many bags filled of rubbish, tons of boxes for the charity shop and before Christmas we sold enough of our old clutter to pay for half of our Euro Trip!

    • Reply Hacking Parenthood February 6, 2017 at 1:29 pm

      Its so amazing how much stuff we do have that we really don’t need. Im hoping to sell some stuff to raise some money for a project. definitely worth it.

  • Reply Rachel George, Ordinary Hopes January 27, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    I don’t think I have any of the housework issues solved. Home educating whilst caring for a child with sizeable care needs doesn’t leave me with much left to give to the house but I am going to try to declutter a little. I think it would be a lot easier to tidy a less cluttered home.

    • Reply Hacking Parenthood February 6, 2017 at 1:29 pm

      Its really worth the effort, in the end things are easier to find and you realise what you really need. Quite amazing.

  • Reply Chloe Ciliberto January 28, 2017 at 8:32 am

    Great tips. We do all of these already and our little one loves to help tidy too, something I’m sure will disappear when she becomes a teenager! x

    • Reply Hacking Parenthood February 6, 2017 at 1:30 pm

      Yeah, make the most of it now. I hate the day when my daughter doesn’t want to help me. But, i will be ready.

  • Reply Jordanne | Thelifeofaglasgowgirl February 1, 2017 at 2:12 am

    Fantastic tips! I always put clothes into the ironing basket and then iron after about 3 days and then they get put away but it works for us. I love to set a routine and find it really does help us!

    Jordanne || Thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk

    • Reply Hacking Parenthood February 6, 2017 at 1:32 pm

      It really does help. I don’t iron, so that helps with that. lol.

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