Friends ask me all the time, “How do you keep your house so clean with three young kids?” The truth? I don’t! Don’t stop reading yet! I am going to share how to clean your house with messy kids but come on now, who keeps their house clean ALL the time even without kids? Throw in 2 or 3 kids or even 1 and it is like filling up a water bucket with a hole in it. Sometimes it just can’t be done and that’s okay. I think it is true that they aren’t going to remember if your house was clean or not but rather the Messes & Memories. See what I did there. Now with that said some of us like myself HATE a messy house. I have wanted things neat and in order since I was a young girl. Just part of who I am, I think.
So I am going to share with you 5 tips to get your house picked up and keep it that way. I have three active and very playful kids so I’m not talking about really cleaning in this post. I’m talking about the toys in the floor, dishes in the sink, and that ever growing laundry pile that I try to pretend is not there. Is that not what we are really talking about when we say, “my house is a wreck”?
Choose an order for which you will clean your house.
I start with the back of my house moving forward ending in the toy room. I pick up all of the bedrooms first. If I find something in a bedroom or bathroom that belongs in the toy room I just dump it in the toy room. I’ll worry about putting it in its place when I get to that room.
I always put away laundry last.
If I take the time to fold all of my laundry and put it up while the kids are running around then when I’m finished, the house will be a mess again. Laundry gets washed throughout the day and fold and put it up after the kids are in bed. I put on my favorite television show, usually through Netflix and fold laundry It is not as dreadful if I’m watching Friends.
Choose a specified time to “close” rooms.
At a specified time after cleaning up I close certain rooms. For example, I let the kids play in their rooms in the morning. We pick up after lunch and then their rooms are closed for the rest of the day. They play in the toy room, outside, or we do activities. This ensures I will not be cleaning the same room 3 times a day.
Have a family pick up time.
Our family pick up time is right after dinner but before dessert. We set a timer and make a game of it. I clean the kitchen and we cheer them on as they pick up. Let’s Go! You got this! Almost finished! 5 more minutes! They know that after pick up time they get dessert or maybe some extra time to play outside before bath time. A little motivation goes a long way. After this, the toy room is now closed.
Set certain tasks that you do before going to bed.
My tasks include running the dishwasher, putting any laundry up, and doing a quick run through of the house. I look for dirty clothes and towels in the floor from bath time, toothpaste in the sink, late night ice cream bowls, or shoes left by the door. If I wake up to clean dishes and a picked up house then maintaining it doesn’t seem too overwhelming.
Like I said before, my house is not always clean. I have weeks where we seem to be running constantly and I’m making up for it on a Saturday. Or weeks that I’m just tired from “mommin” it and it piles up. You know the saying, “Mommin ain’t easy!” But generally I follow these 5 simple tips and it makes maintaining a clean house a realistic goal.
What are your tips for keeping a picked up house? Do you have any tricks to keep your kids on board with keeping their mess under control? I hope this helps!