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6 Interesting Tips To Keep Your Home Clean & Tidy When You’ve Got Toddler

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This is a guest post by Barry Lind

It is hard to handle with everything and to give it enough time when you have a toddler to look after. Usually, stay-at-home moms have developed the system on cleaning and how to manage everything in a short time. If you are new in this, then you need some advice. We know it seems impossible at the beginning with all the mess and clutter around. But following these simple interesting tips might help you find a way in keeping your home clean and tidy.

1. Don’t Panic:

The first rule is – don’t panic! Panic is never a good adviser. You better get used to the fact that your house may not look as tidy and bright as it was before. You better make a plan for your cleaning chores.

Separate them into smaller tasks and divide them in different days. Do them in every spare minute you have and don’t get into details. Leave proper cleaning for the days when your husband is not at work and he can go out or just play with your toddler for a few hours when you will do the tasks you didn’t manage during the week.

2. Let Your Toddler be your working partner:

Involve your toddler in the cleaning process. You can teach them to pick up their toys every time when they finish playing with them – before nap, before a meal, before a walk. Every time with no exception. They must learn toys stay outside only when they need it. Set an area where she/he can play in order to avoid toys scattered all around your home.

3. Overcrowding of Toys is always a mess:

Don’t take them a lot of toys. Some parents tend to buy their toddlers more toys than necessary. It is not good when you want to clean and also for their behavior. They become demanding and indulgent. Take them different toys in sizes and colors but don’t glut them the huge amount of needless things.

For best results, you can buy them playpen. It’s a real time-saver and it will save you the efforts of constant asking your toddler to pick up toys.

4. Play area makes everything easy:

Choose a definite place for everything and put it there right after every time you use it. This will help you avoid cluttering and will teach your toddler to stick to order as this will set a good example to them.

5. Plan your household chores:

Wash dishes in the evening or in the morning. Just accept the fact that it is impossible everything to be washed on the second, especially when your toddler is awake. It is better to spend more time with your child rather than having clean dishes. Give up on that dream and stick to most important things.

Wash dishes in the evening or in the morning. Just accept the fact that it is impossible everything to be washed on the second, especially when your toddler is awake. It is better to spend more time with your child rather than having clean dishes. Give up on that dream and stick to most important things.

Do the laundry just once a week. Or twice if once is not enough. You can do it in the evening when your toddler is asleep. Or you can ask your mate to do it. Every washing machine has instructions so it will not be so difficult for him. You can fold the laundry on the next evening.

6. Nap time is your Vacuuming time:

You can vacuum in the evening or while your toddler is having his/her afternoon nap. Don’t worry about the noise. It is better for your child to learn to sleep unbothered by noises. Maybe it will distract their sleep at the beginning but they will get used to it. Vacuuming once in every two days is far enough in your busy schedule.

Wipe when you finish vacuuming. If you don’t get in details it must take you not more than half an hour. To ensure faster wiping, remove all small objects like souvenirs from all surfaces and leave only most used stuff.

If you still can’t find time for everything, ask your mate for help. He may be working but staying at home with a toddler is also a job and it’s an endless job. You deserve a rest and time for yourself and he must understand and get involved in the cleaning chores.

Barry Lind is an owner of an agency that provides  end of tenancy cleaning SW13 in London. It’s a family business and coping the family chores is a shared responsibility. Having two small children on their own has thought them a lot. They always have some tricks up their sleeve and Barry loves to share them with his readers.

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