One of the things that no one tells you about becoming a parent is just how much cleaning you’re going to have to do as a result of it. Not only will there be a huge onslaught of laundry involving countless onesies, but there will also be a lot of spit up and little handprint stains on your clothes that will mean you’ll have to do your laundry much more often as well. There are more spillages, more messes involving thousands of tiny Lego bricks that are determined to almost break your foot when you step on them first thing in the morning, and endless pools of water in the bathroom after your kids have taken baths and showers. Here are some tips that might help you with your child related chores…
Get Rid Of Clutter
Firstly, it’s time to trash all the clutter in your home. No one’s saying that you need to give all of your children’s toys to a charity shop, but it’s important to remember that you don’t have to allow your surfaces to be covered in clutter – buy fold-out products like the ironaway.com/ which will enable you to keep an ironing board, for example, as a fold-down closet. Not only does it make your home feel messy and inhospitable but it’s much harder for you to wipe surfaces down and keep them clean if there’s a lot of clutter. Go through a purge in your house and get rid of all your clutter to start off with, and then make sure that you have a basket in each room that you can fling clutter into, for it to be sorted out at the end of the week – you don’t need to let your clutter ruin your house.
Make sure that you prioritise what you need to do – even if you’ve made a rota which says you need to do a deep clean of the bathroom one day, if your kid has had a toileting accident in the middle of their bedroom then obviously that’s going to take priority. Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t quite manage to keep on track and keep to your schedule – no one’s perfect, after all, and you don’t need to think about impressing anyone but yourself.
Ensure that you stay as organized as possible – every time you run out of a cleaning product make sure you add it to your shopping list so you buy more and you aren’t terribly stuck next time you need to scrape mould out of the shower but there’s no floor cleaner in your home. Try to eke out some time specifically designated for cleaning so it doesn’t go too far into your free time – you need to relax as well.
Get Them Cleaning
Finally, make sure that you teach your kids to start cleaning up their own messes. Not only will it set a good precedent for the future but it will ensure that you don’t start resenting them too much for the chaos they create in your home!