How to Keep Your House Clean with Kids

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How to Keep Your House Clean with Kids

Hi, my name is Quin and I’m a clean freak. Actually in my house, Quinderella might be a more fitting name. But seriously. If there were a support group for clean freaks, I would need to be in attendance because I like to have things in my house clean, and I clean a lot! Problem is, keeping a clean house and having children are kind of like antonyms of one another. Or maybe I should say this, they have an inverse relationship.

The more kids you have, the less clean your house is. And the cleaner you try and make your house, the less kids you need to have in it. Which is why my kids play outside a lot! I’m totally kidding with you. (Kind of.)

The best and most fitting quote I’ve ever read about this was something I saw after having my first son. It goes like this: “Cleaning with kids in the house is like brushing your teeth while eating Oreos.” Now as much as I love Oreos, and eat them more than I should, I am smart enough to not mix business with pleasure. But with kids and cleaning, I cannot just give up and stop cleaning. (But eating Oreos while I clean does seem to help with my energy.) Even though I know my efforts will likely be wasted.

How to Keep a Clean House While Living With Kids

So here are some of my favorite techniques for keeping a relatively clean house with kids. Friends often ask me how I keep my house so clean. And I do have a secret technique, but you’ll have to keep reading because I’ve saved it for last.

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1. Have One Spot That Always Stays Clean

In my opinion, if an entire house if messy, it feels much more daunting to start cleaning. Therefore, I recommend having one room of your house that remains off limits for kids or junk collection. Give yourself one pretty area to look at. When you have space that remains clean, it seems easier to tackle areas that are out of control. If your house if space challenged, this might just be a counter top or dresser top. I promise clean space inspires cleanliness.

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2. Enforce the Two Messes at a Time Rule

I love for my children to engage in imaginative play. And I do not want them to have to put up messes while they are still playing with something. However, I also know that if we have more than a few messes out at once, the house gets too overwhelming. So if my children have just spent a good deal of time making a fort and want to start playing with legos, I will agree to letting them leave the fort out because it is likely they will return. But, if they build legos and then ask to get a play dough, I will make them put either the fort of legos away. Allowing too many messes to accumulate gets overwhelming! This helps them understand about decision making and take responsibility in cleanliness.

3. Get Rid of Stuff Constantly

With children, stuff piles up. ALL THE TIME. Therefore, clean out as much and often as possible. This means get rid of extra artwork and toys. Make Goodwill your friend! Or get on your neighborhood classifieds page and get to selling. The accumulation of stuff just bogs us down. And our children do not notice that little things disappear. But we sure do! And we feel better!

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4. Have Designated Spots for Toys

If you have children, you are going to have toys showing in your house! This is just a part of the game. But, you can be specific that certain toys stay in certain places. And designate certain spots for bigger toys. Even if toys are showing, if they seem to somewhat makes sense in their spot, it makes a house seems much less overwhelming. For rotating toys, read more HERE on switching out toys.

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5. Clean Before Bed

Now some of you may like to relax in the evening and have your most productive time in the morning, but for me, I have found that waking up to a dirty house is stressful. I feel like I start my day two steps behind. Therefore, one of my favorite tips for keeping a house clean is trying to pick up before bed and if nothing else, make sure my dishes are done. There is nothing more stressful than waking up to dried food on dishes. Am I right?

6. Make Kids Think Cleaning is a Game

I am all about children having household responsibilities not chores. However, I also think it is necessary to have times where children just jump in and help even when they are tired and not wanting to help! Therefore, making cleaning a game or competition is a great way to do this. My boys love to see who can dust the best or the fastest.

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7. Keep Wipes in Your Bathroom

This tip may only be applicable to boy moms, but my bathrooms end up with lots of extra bodily fluid on the ground! And it happens throughout every day. Therefore, I keep disinfectant wipes in the bathroom so that my children can clean up their messes as they happen! And of course, I can clean when I see things that have been missed. A bathroom that smells like pee is never good for lifting someone’s spirits. Therefore, keeping a bathroom from ever getting gross is one of my biggest recommendations!

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8. Be Slightly Off Your Rocker (Or Baby Glider) So You are Okay To Clean All of the Time

This is my best-kept secret! In order to keep a house clean with kids you essentially have to clean here and there throughout every day. You pretty much cannot stop! This is the reality of keeping a clean house. Even if you have a cleaning lady. Therefore, it helps if you are slightly cooky. That way you don’t notice that you have picked up toys off the living room floor five times in one afternoon.

I hope some of these tips have either inspired you or if nothing else made you laugh! We would love to hear from you and how you keep your house clean!

About the Author /

Quinn is a wife, boy mom (x’s 4), blogger at Sanctification and Spitup, host of the Renew You Podcast and licensed marriage and family therapist. She loves to encourage others in relationships through her speaking, writing or podcast episodes.

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