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How to Keep Your House Clean When You Have Children

Dylan is a writer based in California. He has four kids and his expertise includes self-improvement, health, and wellness.


How to Keep the House Clean With Kids

Cleaning your house on a daily basis can be a difficult task, but it becomes far more difficult when you have children. There will be mystery messes, a majority of the floor will be covered with toys and clothes, and almost every surface is guaranteed to be wet and sticky.

Don’t fret, however, there is a way to keep your house clean even if it seems as though the Tasmanian Devil is making his way through your home. If you have children and you’re having trouble keeping your home clean, take a look at some of the tips below.

1. Accept That Your House Will Never Be Completely Clean

If you are expecting your house to be spotless and you have kids, you are going to have to lower your expectations. Children and messes go hand in hand and there will always be a moment in your life where there is a mess in your house somewhere.

Instead of worrying about cleaning all day, do your best to create an organization method that will keep things and check and get your child excited to help out with cleaning their messes.

2. Clean During Downtime

The best time to clean your household is when your child is napping, at school, or going to bed. This will allow you to keep up with the mess without having to worry about them making more messes while you’re going through the process of cleaning. These times are also the perfect times to do deep cleaning and scrub the floors and vacuum the surfaces.

3. Clean the Messes as They Come

It will be easier to clean your house if you handle the messes as they happen. Some parents will let the spills and messes build throughout the day and then become overwhelmed later when they realize that they need to clean most of the house.

Instead of doing this, clean when you need to. If your child spills, clean the spill at that moment. If your child forgets to put away their toys, let them know and help them clean things up. It is a lot easier to handle smaller messes than to let them grow and become larger messes later.

4. Learn to Let Go

It is important to teach your child about donating early. Not only will it teach them how fortunate they are to have the things that they do, but it will also keep the number of belongings that they have to a minimum and will make it easier for you to clean up after them.

Donate unused items at least every month and give some of your stuff away as well to show your child that they are not the only person who is giving unused belongings away.

5. Give Your Child Daily Chores

Unless your child is very young, you should be giving them chores to do daily. Not only does it teach them responsibility but, if they are doing their chores well, you can also give them an allowance to give them incentive to do their chores.

You shouldn’t make clean the entire house but you should give them a few things for them to do. Some examples include sweeping, taking out the trash or the recycling, loading the dishes into the dishwasher, or washing the dishes if you don’t have a dishwasher.

6. Purchase Fewer Things

It’s easier to have a mess if there are more things in your house to make a mess with. Next time you are at the store or you are shopping online, consider whether or not you really need the product that you want to buy. Is it necessary and will you use it? If it is something that you want to purchase for your child, is it something that they will absolutely love and use often?

If you answered no to any of the questions above, don’t buy it. After a while, it will only contribute to the clutter that you are trying to get rid of.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


Tomi Smith on June 11, 2017:

Very true tips which I sometimes already use!