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Organising And Keeping Your Child’s Room Tidy

Children need a quiet place to calm themselves down at the end of a busy day.

Organize your child’s room and then encourage them to help you keep it that way.

If there is less clutter for distraction, you will find that it is easier to get them to settle down during bedtime – or anytime they need a break.

Make sure you get your kids in on the action when you organize their bedroom. Have them help you so that they understand how you expect their room to look. This way, when you assign them chores in order to keep their bedrooms clean, they will know exactly what to do.

Declutter Keep toys to a minimum.

Make sure you have adequate shelving or storage space for the toys and make it a house rule that all toys must be put away each night before bedtime.

Grab anything that belongs in another room in the house. Move these items to the appropriate room.

Take a careful look around the room for clutter.

Don’t forget to check the closet. Clutter includes outgrown toys and clothes, and all unused or unwanted items.

Move all of these items to Clutter Central.

Dispose of rubbish or recycling.

The Clean Sweep

Now that your child’s room is clutter-free it will be much easier to clean. Now is the perfect time for a thorough cleaning.

Strip the bed and wash the bedding.

Remake the bed with fresh, clean sheets.

Remove all dirty laundry from the room.

Wash and dry it all and then have your child help you put it all away.

If your child does not have a laundry hamper, get one.

Teaching your child to put dirty clothes into a hamper is an easy way to help teach them to keep their room more organized.

If there are clean clothes laying around your child’s room that have not been folded and put away have your child help you do that now.

Take window curtains down and throw them in the dryer to remove dust.

Wash the windows and blinds.

Vacuum, including using the crevice attachment to get into the corners and along the walls and use the extension attachment to clear dust and cobwebs from the ceiling.

Dust all surfaces, headboard, footboard, and knick knacks

Wash the overhead light fixture and ceiling fan blades.

Simple Maintenance

Now that you have taken the time to organize and thoroughly clean your child’s bedroom, enlist the help of your kids to keep it that way. Here are some rules to follow:

Have your children make their beds every morning.

Have your children put all their toys, books or games away before going to bed each night.

Teach your children to place their dirty clothes in their laundry to keep it off of their bedroom floor.

When you do laundry, put your children in charge of putting their own clothes away.

Be sure to wash the bed sheets at least once per week.

Children can be in charge of stripping their own beds and bringing the bedding to the laundry room.

If they are old enough, they can also remake their own beds.

Vacuum and dust thoroughly at least once each week.

If your children are old enough, they can do this themselves. It is a good idea to use a chore chart, especially for younger children, to help your kids remember and be responsible for the tasks you ask them to accomplish.

Keeping The Bedroom Organised and Tidy

Keeping The Bedroom Organised and Tidy

When it comes to household organization, I always recommend that you organize your bedroom first. Let me tell you why.
Most people neglect the private spaces in their homes, thinking that since nobody will ever see those spaces, it doesn’t really matter whether or not they are neat and organized.

This type of thinking could not be more wrong. It does matter…to you!

Your master bedroom should be your peaceful haven. It should be the place you can go at the end of a long day to unwind, relax and rejuvenate.

Also, your bedroom is the first thing you see when you wake up every morning. It sets the tone for the rest of your day. If you open your eyes to clutter, you will start your day feeling overwhelmed. But if you open your eyes to organization just think of the motivation you will feel and how that can carry you through the rest of your day!

4 Piles Rule

Firstly, engage the 4 piles rule- and make spaces for the boxes.

(Keep, donate, bin & unsure)

There will also need to be a space for item’s to be re-interrogated back into the room.

What’s in there?

Take a good look at the flat surfaces in the room I.e. anything that will act as a dumping ground for things that haven’t made it to their rightful resting place. Look at bedside tables, dressing tables, Drawers and Chairs.

Starting with one surface at a time, take all the items off and move them away from the area.

Put back ONLY  what needs and makes practical sense to be there.

The remaining items should fit into the 4 piles.
Drawers

Miscellaneous drawers, knick-knacks, jewellery, socks, underwear, make up, products etc. These are best tackled by taking your time, removing the drawer and sitting calmly and quietly sorting through each item.

Bedside Tables
What’s living in your bedside Tables: Do you use or even need anything or everything on them? If not, Clear them away.

Do not overload your space:

limit it to things you need- an alarm clock, a reading book, reading glasses, tissues, and maybe a phone.

Under Beds

Clear everything out from under beds that are not properly stored in storage boxes, bags or baskets.

If you do need to use this space invest in storage boxes or purpose made under bed storage boxes & bags. This doesn’t have to be expensive!.

Dressing Table
Tidy up your dressing table and only keep out products and cosmetics that you use on a regular basis. All other items should be stored out of sight or in drawers.

Clear surfaces
Having Surfaces full of nick- nak’s in your bedroom, just creates a dusting and cleaning nightmare!

As well as making your room look cluttered pack away at least 80 % of the knick-knacks and keep out only 20 % of really special items.

No desks
If you have a desk in your bedroom, arrange to move it to another room if possible. Bedrooms are not the place for work  of any kind or PC’s.If you cant find a place to move it straight away then give yourself a deadline to find a more suitable place for it to be.

Storage / Space Saving tips
Use your wall space to erect some shelving to display decorative items photos or books .Use deeper shelves for folded clothes. For narrow shelves store books, CD’s and other smaller items such as photos, or carefully chosen decorative items.

Where possible use the tops of wardrobes for out of season clothes, linen or seasonal duvets.
Fold bed linen sets together: Duvet, pillow cases, bottom sheet and valance. Use one of the pillow cases to store the set in, this makes it easier out and saves time having to search for each item.

Tops of dressers are useful for keeping items out that are used on a daily basis, such as perfumes, hair styling products, creams and lotions, hand mirrors etc, but be careful not to allow your surfaces to become cluttered!.

Plastic Drawer dividers are great for separating the contents of your drawers for items such as : Socks, Underwear, Cosmetics & Products, Or if cost is an issue  you can use old boxes or shoe boxes to act as dividers in your drawers.

Store all other products & lotions & potions in wicker baskets, they look great and are handy for keeping everything together.

Pin Boards can also be really useful for utiltising wall space for other storage needs to, Such as, Photos, memorabilia, Cards, Calendars, Reminders, business cards, etc.

Keep items small or medium sized otherwise your board will be swamped.

Invest in a magazine rack that goes on the wall, this will stop it from overflowing on the floor.

Throw out read magazines once a week!

Hooks: Use hooks near your mirror to hand your hairdryer straighter etc on. Saves space and no Tackling wires every morning

Clean the floor! One Rule NOT to be broken! If it doesn’t rightfully belong there, then do not put it down.

Put away!: DO not fold clothes in the bedroom- they seldom get put away!!!

No clothes on the floor, OR over the chairs, banisters or anywhere else where they can be abandoned indefinitely! They either belong in the laundry or in the wardrobe. NO EXCUSES

Gorgeous Bed
Make your bed look fabulous, Luxurious and something that anyone would want to sink into! Buy good quality linen for maximum comfort and a great look. Using a Duvet that is one size bigger than the bed will make it look really inviting and plush. it’s the central feature of your bedroom so make it stand out and bask in its glory!

If you have lots of jewellery
Buy a jewellery to display jewellery and help you see exactly what you have each day. But a cheaper option is a mug tree, they do the same job and look as good!Use a cork board or pin board to hang your items on, if you want it to blend with your bedroom, then cover it with some fabric!

Use Towel Rails for Scarves & Belts!

Simple Maintenance
Now that we have talked about how to organize your room, let’s talk about how to keep it that way. Here are some simple things that you can do to keep your room looking its best.

Take the time to make your bed every morning.

Open your window blinds every morning and let the sun shine in!

Sunshine will make your nice, clean room feel warm and cosy.

You will grow to love that feeling and you will be more likely to keep your room clean.

Be sure to wash your bed sheets at least once per week.

If you have a laundry hamper in your bedroom, make sure you keep it under control.

Try to get into the habit of doing at least one load of laundry every day..Vacuum and dust thoroughly at least once each week.

Hire a cleaner once a week for a thorough clean of the entire house.

If you find that you gradually start to slip and your master bedroom begins to look cluttered again start again!

Now that you know how to organize a bedroom, I hope that you will discover the satisfaction of reclaiming your own peaceful haven.

 

 

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Keeping the Living Room Organised & Tidy

Keeping the Living Room Organised & Tidy


Put Cd’s, DVD’s into cases, and buy purpose built CD racks.(try not to use a box, its high maintenance to remove a lid & put it back on again, being organised should be simple, not hard work)

Paper Rack– Keep current publications in it, Check through it  and throw away old papers once a week to stop it from over flowing!

Toys– If there NEEDS to be toys in your living area organise them in storage baskets and bins that suit your room, If possible arrange them into shelves to maximise neatness and save space.

Sofa- Plump up all cushions (wash if possible), hoover under all cushions and pull out top clean underneath. Invest in some throw-overs to help keep sofas looking their best, That way you its quick and easy to wash throws especially after sticky fingers!

Curtains– Curtains that need refreshing can be taken down and put in to the dryer to remove dust. If the carpets and upholstery are dirty and could do with a bit of a spring clean, hire a professional. keep checking back for  my new  post put the swish back into your curtains

Ceilings- Get out the sweeping brush & Brush away all the cobwebs.

Windows– keep checking back for a new post on making your windows sparkle!

Simple Maintenance
Now that you have taken the time to de-clutter, organize and thoroughly clean your living room, let’s talk about what you can do to keep it that way.

Here are some rules to follow:
Identify areas of the room that attract clutter and address them. Either introduce or storage options or fill the space with something decorative that will discourage those that leave the clutter.

Take 5 to 10 minutes each night before bed to do a quick pick up of the living room.

If you have kids, enlist their help as part of their bedtime routine.

Fluff couch pillow and refold throw blankets.

Vacuum or wash the floor and dust thoroughly at least once each week.

Spot clean the carpet and upholstery as necessary. Have them professionally cleaned at least once per year.

Hire a cleaner for a couple of hours each week for a thorough clean through the full house.

Cleaning With Kids! ‘ Many Hands Make Light Work’

Cleaning With Kids! ‘ Many Hands Make Light Work’

Kids are finally back at school and the countdown to Christmas has began! Excited? I know I am!

And one of the best ways to start the preparations  is with a little cleaning that gets the whole family involved. There’s just something so satisfying about opening all the windows, tearing your house apart, and putting it back together again, all while enjoying each other’s company.

To help you in your quest, here are a few ideas compiled from various sources about spring cleaning. The suggestions include some pointers about attitude and approach, and which tasks make the most sense for youngsters. I hope you find them helpful!

Think teamwork 
It’s downright lonely to be sentenced to clean a bathroom on your own, but paired with a parent, even a five-year-old can work safely and happily. While Dad wields the bowl cleaner and the tile brush, his helper can scrub the sink, polish the fixtures, empty the rubbish, and carry towels and rugs to the laundry room. Working as a team involves kids in the cleaning process, helps them learn cleaning skills, and most important, models both the attitude and the job standard you’re trying to teach.

(or) Think competition 

Turn spring cleaning into a competition. Divide your family members into teams and assign tasks that take about the same time to complete. Award a prize to the team that gets their chores done first. Make sure you inspect the work to ensure fairness.

Take your voice out of the process 
Children have an innate ability to “tune out” parents, when the subject is chores. What parent wants to spend a Saturday nagging, threatening and shouting, “You get back here and finish the vacuuming!”?

Instead, post a list of the day’s jobs, or write them out on index cards. Split the jobs up between the teams, or let each team choose one until the work is done.

Make time fly with media motivators

Playing upbeat music or an exciting audiobook keeps spirits high—and dust cloths moving. For maximum motivation, let each helper choose his or her tunes throughout the day.

Keep cleaning sessions short 
A five or ten minute cleanup session, accompanied by upbeat music, is something the whole family can get into. You’ll be done in no time, and it’s painless enough that kids won’t mind doing another round every so often.

Assign animal attributes 
Make a joke about each person’s cleaning style, likening it to the behavior of a particular animal: jackrabbit (fastest), turtle (slow and steady), squirrel (stores things away), bat (fast and fearless), and slug (goes to sleep when chores are mentioned).

Delegate “big jobs” to teens
Once adolescence hits, working with a parent loses it’s appeal. Solution? Delegate big—but safe—jobs to teen children. Whether they clean and organise the garage, shampoo the living room carpet, or restore order to a jumbled linen closet, they’ll take pride in their work IF you truly let them own the job. Ignore all whinging and moaning, and praise their solutions to the skies. In spite of their complaints, they won’t let you down.

Reward hard work 
Spring cleaning is nobody’s idea of a good time, so plan for a reward for your workers. When the chores are done, schedule a family treat. Whether it’s pizza for lunch or an evening film-fest, you’ll get better results—and sweeten attitudes—if there’s a payoff at the end of the day.

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Ideas about how to find tasks for all ages

Preschoolers enjoy helping with cleanup, and can easily dust lampshades, books and tabletops, line up CDs, and sweep with a little broom. Armed with the proper (nontoxic) cleaning solution, soft rags, and gloves—kid-sized rubber garden gloves work well,

Primary -age children are experts at polishing mirrors, brass knobs, door knockers, outdoor house numbers, and chrome car bumpers and trim.

Teens can wipe car interiors clean. Indoors, give them fine steel wool to shine your stainless-steel sinks and faucets, for instant results!

Ask your children to try on last summer’s clothing so you can see whether or not the items no longer fit them. If they don’t, have your children place the clothes in bags to take to a donation drop-off center. Also, have your kids select toys and books they no longer use so you can de-clutter your house and donate these as well.

Give your child a broom, and ask him to sweep off the front steps, patio or deck. If he’s able to do a thorough job, have him sweep the rooms inside the house as well.

Send your children on a mission to pick up all the sticks in your  garden.

Fill a bucket with warm water and a mild soap and allow your children to clean off their bicycles, which are likely to be dirty from being  used so much over the summer holidays.

Hand your child a dust cloth and instruct him to dust all furniture surfaces. Remove any breakable items before he starts, and tell him not to try and dust surfaces he cannot reach.

Spray and wash! Your teenager, a garden hose, and a bottle of window cleaner designed to be attached to the hose can make your outdoor windows sparkle in no time — even those on the second floor. Who doesn’t enjoy messing around with water?

Have Fun!

 

Stressed? frustrated? don’t know where to start? live in North East England? give Your Maids a call, they are an eco-friendly cleaning service, all their products are safe for  use around children and pets.