It happens to the best of us at one time or another. Our home may seem clean and tidy one day, but then, in just a matter of seconds, all the clutter and mess seems to reappear! This is especially true if you have kids. Mess always seems to find its way back into our lives. This can be extremely annoying! All that time it takes to tidy up could be better used for activities that are WAY more fun.
Instead of spending all that time cleaning up, why not spend some time going around your home and making it mess-proof. Preventing clutter and junk from accumulating in the first place will save you a lot of time in the long run. So, how exactly do you manage to mess-proof your home? Here are some easy tips that should help you get there:
Get The Kids Involved
You need to make your kids accountable for the messes they make. Let's be honest, kids make a majority of household messes. From toy bombs, clothes left all over the floor, and toothpaste globs, you name it they mess it up. If they get toys out to play with, they need to put them away when they are done with them.
Giving children chores gives them a sense of responsibility and will teach them great habits for the future. No one wants to live with a slob!
Think About Your Floors
One part of a house that gets dirty quickly is the floors. Just think about it. Dirty shoes and pet paws are literally walking all over it, constantly. And, generally speaking, carpets and other soft materials will get dirtier faster than hardwood floorings. They seem to soak up smells as well.
When something gets spilled and tracked onto hardwood floors, it gets noticed fast. I remember when I had dark hardwood floors, I could see every speck of dust. Whereas on carpets you can't even tell. Plus dirt ends up getting pushed further into carpet every time it's walked on. Making it very difficult to get thoroughly cleaned.
Hard floors are easy to clean, though – you just need to wipe them with a mop or sponge!
Stop Collecting Freebies
There always seems to be someone giving out freebies whenever I’m in the grocery store. Food is good but other propaganda just adds to the clutter in your house and should be avoided.
Things like pens, magnets, and random little junk are often given away for free. Just say no thanks and move along to a tasty food sample.
Be A Smart Shopper
Just because something is cheap doesn’t mean it needs to end up in your cart. These frivolous purchases only contribute to your clutter!
You need to ask yourself if you know where the item will live once you get it home. If there is a dedicated space where it will go and it has a real purpose, then it’s fine to buy. But, if not, it will just end up contributing to all the mess.