I’m a romantic comedy author and mum to one year old twin boys and recently I’ve been interviewing professional organisers for a new fiction series I’m working on and heeding their advice.
Professional organisers make a living by de-cluttering people’s homes and offices.
As a mum, all this de-cluttering business got me thinking about the daily mess my kids create and my need for Zen.
So I’ve put together my own tips for dealing with toddler-created disaster zones:
Invest in one of those Ikea ‘Kallax’ (formerly ‘Expedit’) shelving units, which you whack fabric boxes in. Or whatever brand does something similar!
Once your kids go to bed, you can then collect all their toys strewn on the rug and throw them in the boxes in a jiffy. Visitors will be none the wiser.
Also make sure to purchase a ginormous toy box. (And dot a few smaller ones around the home.) As above, it’s the simplest way to scoop up all your little one’s playthings at the end of a session and ensure the items remain hidden until it’s play-time again.
Clean up regularly.
Rather than the mess overwhelming you – and your toddler – tidy up each time they nap or bid adieu for the night.
It’ll make light work of it all, rather than spending hours doing it when you’d rather be watching ‘Devious Maids’ on tape … where you can watch other people doing the housework. And having a tidy house will keep you in a better frame of mind.
Store away toys your little ones have gotten bored with high-up in the cupboard.
Then – hey presto! – when you decide to bring the items out again, it’ll be like they have a whole new set of toys to play with. (Kind of like when you put away a summer dress during winter, then rediscover it when the weather warms, and fall in love all over again).
Make tidying up fun!
If you clean up while your kids are there and turn it into a bit of a game and they feel good about helping, it can only serve them well in the future.
What are your tidying up tips! Share in the comments below.