While children are a blessing, trying to keep them in order can be difficult. But what can be even more difficult is keeping your house organized with many kids running around.
Clutter is something you might find unavoidable as a parent of many children. You might be constantly misplacing things and struggling to stay organized. According to The Daily Mail, over the course of a lifetime, people spend 3,680 hours searching for misplaced items. Research shows we lose up to nine items each day throughout our lives. Even though it may seem impossible, there are things you can do to keep your home in order.
According to A Mother Far From Home, getting your children on board with organization is key. Teach them the importance of keeping everything in its place and picking up after themselves. You’ll save yourself the time you would have spent putting away their toys since they’re going to do it themselves. The organizational skills you teach them early-on will be beneficial in the future as well. They’ll learn to stay organized with their school work and have an easier time of keeping a clutter-free home as an adult.
At the end of the school year, you might start to notice field trip slips, old homework assignments, and notes from your kids’ school start to pile up. Usually, these papers get thrown away, but some of them could be useful in the future. For example, if your child’s teacher gave them a really great study guide on algebra, you might want to hold onto that for reference next year. Instead of having these important papers stack up on your kitchen table, do something with them. Aloha Mom suggests heading to the store and purchasing a wicker basket. Take the time to go through all of the papers and if you want to hold onto them, keep them in that basket exclusively. After you’ve gone through the papers and discard what you don’t want, take the basket and put it away in a closet.
There are 300,000 items in the average American home. While it can be tough to keep track of all of that yourself, it can make it more difficult when you add your large family in the mix. But even though there are a lot of people living under one roof, that doesn’t mean you have to spend your life unorganized and cluttered. Take the time to sort out your kid’s paperwork from school and teach your children how to lead an orderly, systematic life. You won’t regret it.