Working from home sounds like a dream come true for some, but it can also lead to a messy home.
On most days, I try to tidy up while the boys are busy watching one of their favorite shows. However, this doesn’t always happen. There are times when I have to clean the first floor while they’re busy on the second, and vice versa. With little ones, you can’t predict which floor will remain tidy by the end of the day.
The truth is, my home isn’t always organized, but I try my best to tidy things up at least once or twice a week. Picking toys up from the floor has become a challenge. I stepped on a car the other day and slipped on the floor. Thankfully, my hand broke the fall and I was able to protect my belly.
After weeks of complaining about the number of toys we have throughout our home, I finally found a solution. One of my aunts suggested bagging a good chunk of the ones the boys don’t use often and putting them away. My goal is to give them away after a month of them not asking for them. So far, I’ve filled four trash bags of their toys and placed them in our closet. The toys our kids use often are organized in their playroom for easy access, with a small portion in their room.
Goodbye Mess, Goodbye Stress
Although our two-story home has three bedrooms, we spend the majority of our time in our master bedroom. The kids and pups sleep with us in the same room. The boys even use our bathroom to bathe. This also means they have a tendency to bring all their things to our bedroom.
After a week of having our master bedroom look like a toy bomb had exploded, I decided to take my aunt’s advice and bag up the toys. I used a broom to reach underneath our bed. There were Hot Wheels cars and LEGO pieces everywhere. Bending down to reach for them was a struggle, but the end result was worth it.
Below are 4 tips on how we’ve managed to maintain our home — most importantly our bedroom — tidy during the week:
1. Bag it up. I mentioned it before, but it definitely helps to put away items you no longer use and stack them up for when you have some time to head over to a local Goodwill and drop off the bags. I’ve always used the bag-it method with clothes we no longer use, but I’ve never thought to do it with toys. More so since my husband isn’t a fan of giving away our kids’ toys.
2. Find a place for it. Finding the right place for something can really help make your home look a lot more organized. For instance, books on a bookshelf or shoes in the closet. We often end up with a pile of shoes next to the door by the end of the day. This can make your home look messy to those who enter your home — even for you!
3. Stage useful items. I love making things accessible throughout my home, more so for when we have guests staying over. We always have towels out and other necessary items for our visitors to use. It helps those who come over feel welcomed.
4. Clean up as you go. To help avoid large messes, clean up whatever you’re no longer using. This is something we’ve been practicing with our little ones. They’ve been extra helpful in the tub with scrubbing the tub and picking up their toys before coming out.
Former B2B editor and marketer turned Family & Lifestyle blogger. Fatima is passionate about life and being social.
When she isn't running around with her husband, three kids, and two pups, Fatima helps other bloggers and local businesses with their online marketing strategy.
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