It’s December 27, and if you are like me, you are looking around your house and saying: “HOW do I get this place under control again??”
The parties are over, the big meals have been prepped and eaten, the gifts are unwrapped and many played with..and now what is left?
Boxes, bags, bows, scotch tape everywhere, packaging of hastily ripped open toys, dishes, dishes and dishes, and no actually edible food in the house, the cat has a bow stuck to its tail, the dog ate something he shouldn’t have and you think one of your relatives was sick and passed it to one of your kids…
I know you know what I mean.
So what is a mom to do?
Let’s talk through some ideas on how to regain control of your living space again…QUICKLY.
Separate everyone’s gifts into piles.
Each of us currently has a pile from which to draw from. It may be a mixture of stocking stuffers, gifts and other items, but it’s their pile. There are a few advantages to this:
-It’s all in one place
-They know where it all is
-And when it’s time to say clean it up and put it away, they can do it more easily
Get rid of trash – NOW!
JUST by removing the actual trash from the home (we threw out 4 garbage bags in the last 2 days) you can get a better grip on what actually needs to be done. And it feels so, so good….
Require children to pitch in.
TODAY ask them to devote some time to putting away their own messes, picking up trash, and regaining control of their own space. It will help to “own” their belongings, it will assist them in thinking about where they want something to go, and it will (rightfully so) put some of the ownership on them! (Mine are doing it as I write this post.)
Hack away at the dishes.
Even if you do it in little bursts all day. Have the dishwasher running all day if need be. No one like to do dishes (or maybe some of you do??), but, someone is going to come looking for a spoon or a bowl before you know it.
Make a clutter box.
As you move through the home you may notice normal, irritating clutter. Make a box. Then decide today isn’t the day for you to feel burdened by it. It’s really not.
After you finish cleaning (or even while you are cleaning) you may say to yourself: “Never again!” I am never doing this again. But…you know you will. At least you have 12 more months to get ready for it.
Last piece of advice: drink plenty of coffee (or tea) as you prefer. You’re gonna need it mama!
From your sister in cleaning today, Jenny