As cute as our kids are, sometimes, when they cause so much clutter and mess, it can send us to the brink of insanity. The fact is that any child knows how to create a mess that it’s almost like a hurricane has whipped through your home. So it’s important to understand how we can minimise this mess. How can we make our homes simpler and also incorporate the right things to minimise mess throughout the home?
Buy Fewer Items, but Make Sure They’re the Most Important
This is not just for your kids, but this can help you as well. One of the key approaches to decluttering is about making sure that you do not have a lot of stuff in the first place! When your children are prone to drawing over the couch, the simple answer is to not give them crayons, but this is incredibly cruel! This is why we got to have a handful of important items to clean up properly while simultaneously having fewer items. Having replacement sofa cushions is handy, but if you want to minimise the mess, it’s about learning to buy less. And this is not always easy, which is why the next step is crucial.
Create a Space for Making a Mess
We have to let our children make a mess to an extent because we can’t just chastise them for taking things out. We can teach them how to clean up after themselves, but the best ways to contain the clutter. If your children are at toddling age, you need a little play area for them, and try to contain this in certain areas, making the rest of the living space very simple. You can reinforce the idea that if they want to make a mess, they can only do so in their room, but it depends on the type of mess they want to make. For example, if they want to paint, they will need to wear certain clothes and paint in a certain area.
Declutter – Identify the Important Items
This is so important, especially when your children are constantly changing habits and favourite toys. You’ve got to identify what is really important to your children. What do they really love, and have loved for at least a month or so? You can then identify the things they haven’t played with for at least two months, and either put them into storage or get rid of these items.
Teach Them How to Clean Properly
This is all age-dependent. It’s important that if your child plays with toys, that they learn how to put them away. Instead of you getting frustrated about the mess, you should ask them to clean up. Things may get messy sooner, but this is one part of the cleaning process you don’t have to contend with. You have to remember that children will make a mess because it is in their nature, and while there are many cleaning hacks available, you’ve got to recognise that mess cannot be completely avoided, which is why you’ve got to have the rights tactics in place, rather than stressing out about the fact that you will have to clean up after them.