Easy Ways To Tackle Housekeeping With Kids by Guest Blogger Zowie Ashton

Today I have a special guest post from the lovely Zowie, about how you can tackle the housework with the kids.

zowie~

Zowie is a working mom from London. She knows a thing or two about cleaning, and as a writer, she loves to share her experience when it comes to organising and engaging kids with the chores.

Easy Ways To Tackle Housekeeping With Kids

House maintenance is a full-time job. You may be spending long hours at the office but the domestic chores are always on your to-do list. Trying to keep a home clean while the children are growing up is even harder. It costs you tremendous efforts to get everything in order and it costs them just one move to create a huge mess. Instead of making children part of the problem, why not make them part of the solution? Regardless of their age, every child can do domestic chores. It is always a great idea to involve your kids in house maintenance. This is beneficial not only for you, but for them as well. Presented in an appropriate manner, cleaning can be a great educational activity.

Here are several ways to tackle housekeeping together with your little helpers

Teach your children to clean while they are still young
The sooner you involve your kids in housework the better. Toddlers and small children are easy to trick, while making a teenager clean their room for the first time can be a task with great difficulty for every parent. Yet, don’t get discouraged if you have missed teaching your child to clean earlier. With the right approach, you can turn the situation around. One of the ways to involve your child in housekeeping is to be a good example. Whether it be a toddler or a child, often, sooner or later they will follow your steps.
Schedule regular cleaning sessions and make a cleaning plan in advance
Take your time and create a comprehensive list of the cleaning duties to be covered. Prepare the necessary arsenal and distribute the chores to your kids. Some children are curious and easily get used to new activities.  Others dislike such family responsibilities. If you meet any resistance, let your fancy roam and come up with an amusing cleaning game or a good stimulation.
Keep the cleaning session easy and short
It is very important to give your kids small and easy tasks in the beginning. Increase the difficulty only when they get used to doing the current chores. In this way, the children will get a sense of accomplishment, which will stimulate them to continue participating in house cleaning maintenance. Moreover, short cleaning sessions ensure that kids stay focused. We all know how difficult is to make a child doing one thing for hours!
Make some improvements in your house to stimulate the kids to keep everything in order
Start with decluttering. The fewer objects and unnecessary things you have at home, the smaller the possibility for a mess. Throw away everything that doesn’t serve you and the other members of your family any purpose. You will be really happy to see how much free space you’ve created. Let every object, item and gadget have its own place. In this way, your kids will put any used things back in the cupboards, drawers, etc. Another idea is to place the laundry basket close to the bedrooms. Seeing it will stimulate your children to put their dirty clothes inside, instead of just throwing them on the floor.
Have realistic expectations
Last but not least, I advise you to revise your definition of a clean house! Having kids means putting up with certain things and the condition of your home is one of them. Instead of getting angry that it is not always organised, do your best to teach your children about cleaning. Don’t forget they are also doing their best to help you. Be patient, even if your kids are not getting on very fast.
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I hope you enjoyed this post and you find the tips useful.  Please let me know your strategies for keeping your house organised with the kids around.  I welcome guest posts so please get in touch if you have written something and are interested in me posting it.

February Goals

Happy February!  Can’t believe it is already month two of 2018, how quick has that gone?!  My month has gone pretty well, aside from a couple of hiccups I am definitely on the up and feeling more confident and content.  Here is how I got on with my January goals.

Family

  • Spending more quality time with the kids, enjoying their Christmas gifts.  We decided to steer away from electronics this year and got lots of craft and building sets as well as board games so we will enjoy doing those Definitely succeeding with this one and loving every minute!
  • Sign up to the Woodland Trust Nature Detectives.  This will give us an idea of great woods in our area where we can take the kids exploring and the dog can come along too Completely forgotten about this one but once I am paid this is top of the to buy list!
  • Find two places for days out in the half term holidays with the boys and save up to take them I haven’t booked anything yet as still waiting on the boy’s Dad to agree dates but have a couple of places in mind to go to!

Home

  • Make a start on decorating the boys room.  I am super excited for this project and will be sharing all I do with you I haven’t got going on this one as we are still in the middle of sorting our room, we have decided to paper one wall and need to finish the painting.  Have all the ideas, just need to get the funds to get started

Blog

  • Get to grips with my new schedule and hopefully keep ahead of everything.  I will be posting on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday and will share a video on my YouTube channel on a Sunday This has been brilliant and made me feel much more in control.  I missed one Wednesday as was right in the middle of my uni assignment but loving the new schedule and the blog is doing well.  Haven’t started the videos on YouTube yet
  • Start reaching out to companies and see about guest writing for them and other bloggers Done and done!  Looking forward to sharing this stuff with you when I can!

Uni

  • Complete units 3 and 4 Completed
  • Write assignment number two.  I will be really happy with a score of 75 or over Assignment is submitted but haven’t had a score yet.  Fingers crossed for 75 or above!

Me

  • Continue with the self care things I have in place I have been doing this and am feeling so much better for it
  • Refer myself back to my CBT therapist I haven’t done this yet.  I am not sure if I still will but I think I should, if only to have a check in with them but I feel that the other changes I have made have made a huge and positive impact on my mental health
  • Work through the Courage Queen course I have made a start on this but really need to pick it up more, which will be easier now this assignment is done and dusted
  • Start going to the gym at least twice a week Yep!  Really enjoying my new gym and the Dance Fit class I did last week was fab

I don’t think I did too badly at all and am pretty happy with that.  My mental health is definitely much improved and my physical health is also on the up thanks to the new medication I am on,  Overall a pretty positive and successful month.  Now for February, here is what’s on the agenda

Family

  • Enjoy half term with the boys and have some fun adventures
  • It is Layla’s second birthday at the end of the month so looking forward to a fun day with her and making it super special
  • Sign up to the Woodland Trust (don’t forget!)

Home

  • Get the bedroom wallpapered and do the painting I want to do
  • Start the spring cleaning and freshening up of the house and little jobs that need doing

Blog

  • Keep up with this routine of posting
  • Get working on my YouTube channel and start posting weekly
  • Complete all writing for other blogs and people

Uni

  • Complete modules 5 and 6

Me

  • Continue with the gym
  • Complete the Courage Queen course
  • Keep on top of medications so I don’t run out of anything – for some reason this has gone totally astray this month
  • Remember not to let other’s opinions affect how I see myself

What are your goals for the coming month?  Let me know in the comments below and I will see you next month to check in and let you know how I got on!

NatalieThe Spoonie Mummy

2018 January Goals

So it is 2018!  How exciting, the time for a fresh start, some new goals and room for motivation.  I’ve never been one to set resolutions as think they always fail, but this year I am looking at it all afresh.  I’m excited to set myself some targets in all areas of my life and really want to try hard to achieve all I can this year.  But first – how did I get on with my December goals?

Family

  • Complete Christmas shopping Done, done and done!  I was really pleased with how organised I was this year and it was a good job as Ste ended up in hospital for a month.  This year I intend to go one better and start saving earlier
  • Take the boys to Asda to purchase a gift for a child in need  Unfortunately the trolley set up was gone by the time we went in on Friday but the boys have had a good sort out and we have donated clothes and toys they had outgrown and no longer played with to charity so feel we still did some good
  • Enjoy a fantastic Christmas We had a wonderful Christmas and I even cried in the evening as I didn’t want it to end

 

Home

  • Complete front room move around We did complete this and now have an area Ste can create a sterile space in to set up his TPN, as well as storage for it
  • Sort wardrobes and get new bedroom furniture in place They were a pain to build but they are up and we have sorted all our things into them

Blog

  • Schedule posts to go up over the Christmas/New Year week I didn’t get to schedule too much but I enjoyed a break anyway and hope my readers did too so weren’t online so much
  • Complete BlogMas I missed two or three days when I was poorly and a day or two once I had the boys as we were busy enjoying our time together but overall I am pretty pleased with how it went.  I think I will see how my new schedule goes and may do it again next year!
  • Complete two posts for Stephie (Colitis To Ostomy) I have failed at this one.  One is almost done and the other is just a set of notes but I will get them over to her ASAP

Uni

  • Complete all reading and activities for chapters 3 and 4 Almost completed this and still have a couple of days but I am pleased with the work I have done so far.  I have a quiet couple of weeks ahead so plan to get plenty of studying done and my next assignment written

Me

  • Pilates at least three times a week Fail.  Enough said
  • Increase hydration – aim for 3 litres a day I have definitely increased my hydration and feel better for it.  I was really pleased with how I handled my D & V bug and keeping myself out of hospital too
  • Remind myself it is ok to say no sometimes I am definitely getting there.  I didn’t want to pass on any germs to Layla but saying I couldn’t go visit her with Ste when I was poorly was hard. I desperately needed to rest and I think I got over it much quicker because I gave myself that time

Overall I would say I haven’t done too badly.  We have been really busy with Christmas, the house and enjoying family time so some of the studying, blog and writing work did get left a bit but I am planning a quiet couple of months to save some pennies and can use that time to catch up with this.

So what for January I hear you say!  My goals for this month are

Family

  • Spending more quality time with the kids, enjoying their Christmas gifts.  We decided to steer away from electronics this year and got lots of craft and building sets as well as board games so we will enjoy doing those
  • Sign up to the Woodland Trust Nature Detectives.  This will give us an idea of great woods in our area where we can take the kids exploring and the dog can come along too
  • Find two places for days out in the half term holidays with the boys and save up to take them

Home

  • Make a start on decorating the boys room.  I am super excited for this project and will be sharing all I do with you

Blog

  • Get to grips with my new schedule and hopefully keep ahead of everything.  I will be posting on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday and will share a video on my YouTube channel on a Sunday
  • Start reaching out to companies and see about guest writing for them and other bloggers

Uni

  • Complete units 3 and 4
  • Write assignment number two.  I will be really happy with a score of 75 or over

Me

  • Continue with the self care things I have in place
  • Refer myself back to my CBT therapist
  • Work through the Courage Queen course
  • Start going to the gym at least twice a week

This way of goal setting is really inspiring me to move forward positively.  I am pleased with how the first month has gone and am looking forward to January being a fresh start for me in many ways.  How did you get on with your December goals and what is on your January list?  Let me know in the comments below and I will see you in February for the de-brief!