Tidying the house is a never-ending job. You wake up, and it’s like the night-time monkeys have been around playing … you don’t remember it being that messy the night before as you went to bed. The truth is, you probably didn’t even notice it as you’d been stepping around it all day. But in the morning, the cold, light of morning, suddenly you do see the toys that were left out, the clothes that are still draped on the couch (is that two days now?), and the craft table still covered in felt-pens without their lids, and paper half used, half screwed up, Picassos, and Matisse like art-works left in a messy pile.
Does it matter? To some of us it really does, to others not so much. What I know is that with having four children, when a space is messy the kids will go and move themselves to a space that is not messy. You can’t play in mess, so unless you stay on top of it, you can suddenly have every room in the house covered with toys and kid paraphernalia.
My tip is to be calm until about 15 minutes before morning tea time, or lunchtime, and the rule is that they won’t get lunch until it’s done. It works a treat – food is a great leveller in the parent/ child tidy-up battle.
What do you do to help the tidying up go quickly and easily? – You can share your tips and suggestions below….