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Keeping a home clean, tidy and organised can be difficult at the best of times but adding children into the mix can make it 10 times harder. Parents, particularly first-time ones or those with newborns, can find that the list of chores seems never-ending and with a broken or limit sleep pattern things can quickly seem like they are spiralling out of control.
I have decided to take a look at some of the ways that busy parents can help keep their home organised and chaos free!
Food Shop Online
Sometimes you and your children just need to get out of the house but would you not rather spend quality time with your little ones rather than having to traipse them round Sainsbury’s for the weekly shop? All the major supermarkets offer an online service which means in just a few clicks you can have all your usual items delivered straight to your front door. If you plan far enough in advance then you can even have a delivery slot for as little as £1, which is cheaper than what you would be putting in the parking metre anyway!
Make A Plan
At the beginning of the week make a short plan of things that you want to achieve by the weekend – it doesn’t need to be extensive as there will be plenty of additional tasks which pop up along the way. If your children are old enough you can even create a small tasks chart for them with stickers to mark off any activity that they complete. Turning chores such as tidying away toys into a game will help you out and hopefully keep them engaged for a short time at least!
Split Your Washing into Sections
Load the washing machine as the last thing you do in a day so you can leave the cycle to continue throughout the night (the water and electricity can be cheaper at these times too!). By getting up 5 minutes earlier than usual you will have enough time to pop it into the dryer or hang it on the airer before the kids wake up. If any of your items need ironing then do this in small, manageable chunks – saving it all up will put you off and may mean that it never gets done!
Utilise a Cleaning Company
Previously, hiring a cleaning company may have been looked upon as something that only the rich and famous would do but these days it is one of the most effective ways of keeping up with all the housework. Every area has high-quality local companies who supply a whole host of cleaning services to their customers leaving you free to enjoy your spare time with your children.
Flexible services mean that they are able to work with you and with the ability to book a repeat service your home can be cleaned on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis.
So there we have it, these are my sure fire tips for parents on how to keep an organised home. Do you have any more? Let me know your thoughts below.