Every now and then I will embark on a MASSIVE clean up project, I’ll de-clutter and tidy and put away and scrub things.
It can take days, I’ll soldier on until I can sit down, take a deep breath and look over my kingdom happy in the knowledge there are no banana skins under the sofa cushions and the bogeys have been scraped from every surface.
I then make a pact with myself;
‘For Gods sake just keep it tidy now’.
Prevention we all know is better than a cure, putting washing away as it dries is a much less daunting prospect than letting in mount up and having to dedicate entire days to the task. Same goes for dishes, wash your mugs and teaspoons as you use them and you won’t have to consider drinking from a gravy boat as the dirty cups gather on the draining board.
This level of domestic competence however is unreachable for me. Try as I might. By the second day I am too cocky for my own good, I convince myself its just a few socks waiting to go in drawers, only the tiniest dusting of crumbs on the floor.
Blink and I’m back to where I started.
I am in the position now where a mass clean up is imminent.
To avoid getting in this pickle again I asked some of the busiest parents I know for their tips and tricks to tidy and clean as you go.
Read on, this stuff’s gold.
“My favourite tip is when I’m leaving one room to go to another, to always take something with me that needs to go to. Otherwise I end up with PILES of stuff to put away. It’s my ATTEMPT at multi-tasking cleaning”. Mim from Love From Mim.
“Go from top to bottom and always start with the windows, clean windows make a world of difference”. Sharon from Rivers Writes.
“If you go to make a cup of tea, see how much you can get done in the kitchen while the kettle’s boiling. Wipe round the surfaces, put some washing up away, fold the tea towels, etc. You’ll be surprised how much you can get done, and it doesn’t feel like effort!”. Lucy from The Parent Game.
“Basket at the top of the stairs for stuff that needs to go down, and basket at the bottom for things that need to go up”. Naomi from Life By Naomi.
“I use lots of anti-bac wipes. Not particularly environmentally friendly of course but its so handy for giving things a quick wipe over eg whilst making a cuppa. I also have one of the smaller Dysons (is it the pet one, I’m not sure?) so that I can just hoover up the odd crumbs and dust rather than getting the big hoover out!”. Kate from Confessions of a New Mummy.
“Wash thing up as you use them so there isn’t a massive pile of things at the end of the day”. Jessica from Beauties and the Bibs.
“I always make the kids put one game away before getting another out. Thankfully they cottoned on pretty early and are both quite neat bless them!”. Steph from Hello Baby Blog.
“Always wash up as you go along cooking, if it takes two minutes just do it, I’m also obsessed with anti bac wipes they are in nearly every room, then iron whilst your watching TV”. Paige from Paige’s preferences.
“We have a ‘crap basket’ on the stairs for everyone – every time I go upstairs I pick something up on my way that needs to go back to bedrooms and stick it in the relevant basket, then at bedtime the baskets go to their rooms and stuff gets put away”. Lauren from Mummy is a Gadget Geek.
And sometimes its nice to dream isn’t it.
This tip from Faye at GlossyTots made me laugh;
Get rid of the kids and husband?!
And I suppose that says it all, my house might be a right tip most of the time but the alternative just wouldn’t be worth it at all.
What are your top tips for battling the clutter? Share them with me, PLEASE!
Thanks to all who contributed to this post.