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When my kids were younger, I would sometimes get very frustrated by the amount of chaos they were able to create in just a few hours with their toys and activities. Who knew that small people could make such a mess! But I could console myself with the fact that at the end of the day, it would just take a few minutes to pack everything away in the various toy boxes and storage spaces we had.
Now with older kids, I find that the mess is more subtle. A few school books laying around, dishes that haven’t been returned to the kitchen, more cables for electronic devices than I know what to do with, and the endless laundry. I expect my kids to help keep things tidy, but this doesn’t always happen.
Do you have any easy to implement life hacks to help me run a more organized home?
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Kudos to you in trying to not only keep your own daily life in order, but you are also teaching valuable life lessons to your kids. Learning time management and organizational skills will help them throughout their lives, especially in preparing for college.
One of the best tips I learned was to take small steps each day. Here are the most valuable steps I have learned along the way.
1. Do a load of laundry each day. If you have a water-regulating machine, it will not waste energy. This keeps the laundry managed during the whole week instead of just one LONG day each week.
2. Have one area designated for the catch-all -- mail, permission slips, printed calendars -- and if not done each night, at the end of each week, go through the stack and sort. This allows everyone to have one spot where there can be a "mess," but still everyone has to contribute to the clean up of it.
3. Every family member has their assigned chores. If these chores aren't done, no one picks up the slack, it's the responsibility of each person to pull their weight.
4. Having a minimalist mindset can help with daily organizing and being able to find things quickly. The less you own, the easier you can manage what you have.
Hope some of these can help!
I have 7 kids and organisation is essential in our home. Here are my best tips:
1. Each family member has their own basket in the laundry for quick sorting and they put away their own clean clothes.
2. Each school holidays we have a major sort out of at least one area of the house
3. Each child has chores and they don't get pocket money unless those chores are done.
4. As long as our main living areas are tidy, i dont' worry too much about the kids bedrooms.
5. I use a family diary to keep track of all activities and important events
6. We plan meals each week and shop for those meals.
7. I keep a 'chuck it' bucket in the main living room. If i pick up someone's stuff they left laying around it goes into the bucket. Anything left in the bucket for a week goes in the bin.
8. encourage independence in the kids. They need to learn to be organised and responsible for themselves. If they forget to put their dirty washing in the laundry....bad luck.
9. At the end of the day after dinner everyone needs to help 'reset' the house and do a general tidy up
10. We prepare clothes etc the night before and get up early enough to not have to rush in the morning
I hope some of these are helpful :)
First, make sure everything has a place. Prioritize that idea. Because then when it's time to clean, there's no excuses like "I don't know where it goes!" I would encourage your kids over and over to pick up after themselves. you'll feel like a broken record but it can eventually seep in. But what I do after a few days of repeating myself and going ignored by my family, I call a family clean up meeting. One person gets to pick a song and put it on and we have to run around and pick up as fast as we can putting everything away properly. No credit for roughshod cleaning. If it's not done in one song, then pick another. It usually gets done very fast when everyone is focussed on the game at hand. It can also be very fun. But then if you DO get complaints that this is lame or that your kids have other things to do, then you say, "well if you just pick up after yourself all week, this would never have to happen. Your choice." It works for me, but I feel your pain. It's an ongoing struggle.