A well-organized home and a growing family aren’t words that you often find in the same sentence. This is due to the fact that children seem to sense when their home is looking its best, and use this as an opportunity to cause chaos. However, despite popular misconceptions, it is possible to manage an organised family home.
With that in mind, here are some top tips that you can use to stay more organised at home.
- Start by decluttering. Removing clutter from every room in your home, from the kitchen to your toddler’s playroom is the first step to becoming more organised. This is because it enables you to make the most of the space you have available, and saves you from waving your way through a stream of toys when you walk from room to room. However, if during the process you come across items you don’t want to throw away as you’ll need them later, you might want to consider finding an alternative place to store them. For example, you could look into self storage specials, such as 10 x 10 units, where you can store seasonal items until you need them once again.
- Promote being organised in your daily life. Being organised in your daily life will, by extension, mean that your home is also more organised. This is because you’ll get better at managing your time and workload, without feeling overwhelmed. Thankfully, there are various ways in which you can work to become more organised as a family. For example, you could create a DIY Giant Pegboard, and use this to display your weekly schedules or calendars. In addition to noting down important dates, such as birthdays and dentist appointments, don’t forget to schedule chores and cleaning duties for all.
- Maximise all available space. Disorganisation thrives when you do not make the most of the space you have available to you. As a result, you should try to be as creative as possible when organising your home and belongings. For example, DIY hexagon shelves are great for storing toys, trinkets and other items of home decor. Alternatively, if your bedroom is on the smaller side, you might want to consider under-bed storage containers. They work particularly well as alternatives to toy chests (or, as is popular amongst toddlers, leaving toys throughout the house).
- Get everyone involved in the cleaning. More often than not, the level of organisation in your home reflects the amount of time you spend cleaning or tidying the space. Of course, with a busy schedule, you cannot be expected to clean 24/7 – and you shouldn’t have to. After all, as little as ten minutes a day of cleaning will make a huge difference. Furthemore, you should also ensure that the cleaning duties are shared fairly, by identifying some age-appropriate chores for children and encouraging them to become more responsible. By teaching them to be more organised at an early age, they’ll develop useful skills that they can then carry into adulthood, though you may have to bribe them a little here and there.
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