Who has time to organize, especially with kids, work, and everything in the world always changing? This is a common mindset that can stop us dead in our tracks when it comes to creating a clean, organized home for ourselves.
It can be quite limiting for our wellbeing to stay in an environment that is cluttered and chaotic, especially with kids. Recently, the COVID-19 pandemic has made things extra challenging. With many of us having to juggle so many responsibilities and so much uncertainty, it is essential that we face this challenge and overcome it together. Here’s how:
- For daily decluttering and cleaning up, find a small window of time that you can stick to. Even if it's 20 minutes when you wake up and 15 minutes after you put kids down for a nap, this daily work will keep things in shape.
- Start in the bedroom. First and foremost, make your bed. Doing so already makes your room more inviting. This small act literally clears a space for you and helps ground you each day.
- Make a routine. The more you stick to keeping things organized, the more of a habit it will become. It will set expectations for your spouse and kids also.
- Monthly, set a time to go through clothes and the pantry to purge anything that is worn out or expired. This is a great way to keep inventory of what we have so we aren’t buying new sweaters when we have 35 of them in the back of the closet, or peanut butter when there are two unopened jars behind the bag of chips!
- Do not hesitate to delegate! As soon as your child can recognize that everything has a home, they can easily pick up the habit of putting their toys away. It can also be fun for them and take some of the weight off from your shoulders. Read more about sharing chores with family.
What do you think of these tips? What are ways you keep your home more organized? What chores do your kids help you with?