Living in the middle of a messy house and looking for easy ways to spring clean your family home? Read on…
We know it can be very hard to keep your house tidy when you have small children and no time. It’s also easy to get disheartened when it seems like you tidy up and your children follow you around untidying everything, in a never-ending circle of doom.
And while the idea of a traditional spring clean might also seem old-fashioned and unnecessary in the age of cordless vacuums and disposable wipes for everything, it can often feel like you’re drowning in an overwhelming tidal wave of stuff and have no idea how to make a start.
But we’re talking spring clean tips for a tidier and clutter-free house that will make your environment calmer and help you feel more relaxed. When it comes to children, there’s evidence that they respond better when there’s less toys in view, which makes for more creative play.
Here are five easy tips for spring clean your family home. These tips are for the whole family, not just one of you – it’s the responsibility of every member! And remember, it’s never too early to get your children involved:
Start by decluttering: Children seem to come with a lot of extra things, don't they? It starts with the pram, cot and changing table, leading into toys, books and all the millions of little things, from party bag toys through to tiny collectables and everything else they seem to acquire. However, it is much easier to keep on top of everything when there are less things to keep on top of, and there are probably a lot of things you don’t need to keep hold of that they’ve broken, outgrown or just grown tired of. Sounds simple, right? But how do you do it? We love this list of ten creative ways to declutter your home, with simple tips ranging from taking five minutes a day to do a task through to the Oprah Winfrey Hanger challenge. Decluttering doesn’t have to be deathly dull, or take forever, and it will make you feel a lot calmer.
Invest in better storage: We know it sounds counter-productive to buy things when you’re attempting to declutter and spring clean. But having decent storage, especially for small things like toys, will make it easier to tidy everything away at the end of the day when you want to relax post-bedtime with no mess. For children, toy boxes and bags will keep everything out of sight – try IKEA, HEMA and Tiger for cheap but colourful storage solutions.
Marie Kondo your life: Tidying expert and globalsensation Marie Condo’s Life-changing Magic of Tidying up and Spark Joy books are hugely popular best-sellers. Her Kon-Marie method of tidying involve keeping only things that ‘spark joy’ in your heart and getting rid of anything else, even if it holds sentimental memories. You can buy her books here, or follow this Kon-Marie summary.
Speed cleaning: Speed cleaning is another concept from a best-selling book, and follows a set of rules to make house cleaning as quick and efficient as possible. These involve making every movement count, having the best set of cleaning ‘tools’. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of speed cleaning videos on YouTube so these are a good place to start to get some ideas.
Get the children involved: It’s never too early to get the children involved in basic tidying and cleaning. While we’re not suggesting they bleach the toilet or scrub the floor, they can do simple things like putting cups and dishes by the sink, leaving shoes in the proper place and hanging coats up when they come in. Leave storage within easy reach so they can put things away. If they go to school or nursery it’s likely they will already be involved in tidying after ‘free play’ sessions. Find out if they have a special tidy-up song and sing it at home. We like the legendary ‘Tidy up Rhumba’