Keeping a large family home clean and organized is something all parents dream about. And I’m here to tell you that its not impossible. The task of getting your home clean can seem daunting but its worth it in the end. All it takes its a little work and structure. Put in the elbow grease and you will be on you’re way.
Keep reading to see my little tips and tricks on how I keep my home clean and organized with a large family.
A place for everything and everything in its place.
A great way to keep your home clean is to let everyone know where everything goes. Put name labels on coat hooks. Every one loves a little personalization (especially younger kids). This will also prevent coats and bags from getting mixed up and thrown on the floor. Put labels on totes in the basement. Not only does this help to keep your home clean, it makes things easier to find.
My kitchen always seems to be the place for madness. There used to be dishes just put away any ol’ place. It drove me nuts. But, lets face it, mom is likely the only one who knows where anything goes in the kitchen. There’s no harm in slapping some labels on the cabinets and draws. Be sure to not rearrange the kitchen too often. I used to move stuff around all the time but I slowly learned that only cause more messes.
Personal Items do NOT belong in common areas
Common area’s are things like the main bathroom, living room, dining room and kitchen. A great way to keep your home clean is by making everyone remove their personal items from common rooms. It helps keep those rooms less cluttered and mess free.
Personal items include things like clothes, toys, gizmos and gadgets. If its yours and not ours, its gotta go.
Do a little all the time
This is my number one way to keep my home clean. Instead of doing a lot at once, do a little all the time. Its like making a carving out of marble, you just slowly chip away at it, then smooth it out.
If you’re in the kitchen, don’t just walk by the spilt coffee on the counter. Take the two minutes and wipe it off. If you notice one of the kids left their sweater on the floor, pick it up and put it by their bedroom door.
Doing a little all the time is the best way to stay on top of things. It’ll keep the house at a decent state where it only takes 15 minutes to get it good and tidy.
Its every ones job to clean
Chores are a great way for children to learn responsibility. At a young age, it’s important for them to learn that they need to clean up after themselves. I know that a lot of the time, you might feel like its easier for you to do it. But then they will think you will always clean up after them. They need to learn to clean up after themselves now, it will pay off in the long run.
I’ve always had a “chore chart” in our home. It’s nothing fancy. I just have a whiteboard fastened to the wall with a cup of markers next to it. Every morning, I write down who will do what chore that day.
Don’t reclean what the kids just cleaned
My kiddos don’t always do a perfect job when cleaning. They miss things sometimes. They’re kids, it happens. But its not okay to go behind them and fix it
One: its teaching them that some one else will do it. Two: you’ll be stuck cleaning up after them forever!
The best thing to do is call them back to the area. Work with them and show them exactly what you’re expectations are of said chore. Keep in mind, they probably won’t remember your instructions and you’ll have to show them a few times before they get it. That’s ok. Its called learning.
Make sure every one has a personal space
I know this is hard with a large family. We have a few kids that room together. But every one needs a space that is just for them. A space where they can go to get some alone time. It is also a space for them to keep their personal items.
When every one has a personal space, it helps to keep your home clean by giving the kids’ personal items a space too.
Get rid of junk
If it doesn’t serve a purpose, its gotta go!
When you have clothes that don’t fit, put them in a box and bring them to your closest location. If somethings broken, throw it away. Those old papers? There’s probably a good chance you can get rid of that, too.
Oh and the kids crafts. I love hanging their crafts around the house. I do save the occasional special craft. But, sadly, I throw a lot out. If you don’t have the heart to throw away those adorable projects, you could always send some to caring grandmas, grandpas, aunts or uncles.
Keeping junk around that you don’t need just tends to cause more messes. If you want to keep your home organized, its time to start thinking about purging.
Set a standard and be consistant
Consistency is key to keeping your home clean with a large family. Get the home to a cleanliness you want it to stay close to and set that standard. It is not wise to let something slip by one day then try to set the standard again the next day. Don’t let one kid get away with something and punish another one for the same thing.
Setting a standard is so important because it lets everyone on the home know exactly was is expected of them and how the home should look.
My tips for keeping a home clean are:
- Labe things
- Personal Items do not belong in common areas
- Do a little all the time
- Its every ones job to clean
- Don’t reclean what they just cleaned
- Make sure every one has a personal space
- Get rid of junk
- Set a standard and be consistent.
Thanks for reading! Leave me a comment below and tell me what you do to keep your home clean with a large family.