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A Little Cleaning Goes a Long Way
There’s an unspoken rule that housewives cook, clean, and take care of the kids. There will be a day (if you’re not there already) when you, as a parent, will be too busy for housekeeping. There’s a simple organizing trick that works for housekeeping when you’re just too busy but still want your home looking tidy.
Take a look at your desk (if you have one). Imagine how tidy it would look if you put pens in a jar and stack up the paperwork. Not only does it look more tidy, but it’s somewhat organized by putting like items together. You can use this same trick throughout your home. It makes it a lot easier to go back and finish up the job when you do have the time without feeling overwhelmed.
While it’s up to you how you want to go through and organize your mess, here are three easy tips to get you started:
1. Instead of the mess of dishes on your kitchen countertop, try stacking them in the sink. Sure it’s just two more steps to wash them and load them into the dishwasher – but you don’t have time for that. Just stack them in the sink and reduce the appearance of clutter on the countertops. Give the countertop a quick wipe down if you have time.
2. In your bedroom, gather all of your dirty clothes and put them into the laundry basket. Then make your bed. While you may still have clutter, you will be amazed how much better the room feels just by having linens off the floor and your bed not looking like you just rolled out of it.
3. For toy rooms (which could include the living room), I recommend that the first child who suggests going outside or doing something other than playing with the toys (like watching a DVD), should be the one to clean up the toys. A nice big wicker basket or plastic storage container does wonders in the living room. Kids are able to play with toys and still have a place to store them neatly.
Using this method, what are some other ways you can think of to make a room in your home look a little better without consuming all of your time to do it?
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