Friday, 27 October 2017

House Work Hacks: Keeping Your Home Under Control

Running a home can be hard work when you have a little one running around and making mess wherever they go however there are things you can do to help run your home more smoothly. 

Designate a play area 
For us our living room is where Blake plays the most. We allow him to also play in his room also but try to stick to the living room so there aren't too many toys all over the place.  

Cover the sofa
Using a washable throw is a great idea to protect your sofa from sticky finger marks and it can just be chucked into the washing machine. 

Tidy as you go along
This is a habit that we need to start doing more often as it will save us a lot of time in the long run. 

Great storage solutions 
Toys get everywhere and so having a wide range of places to keep toys out the way is important. We have fold-able storage boxes in our living room, a main toy box in Blake's room, a set of drawers we keep games in and a handy bookshelf that we also use baskets on. You can find so many different ideas online to find something that is right for you and your home. 

Door mats
Use 2 door mats one for outside and inside your door this will help there to be less dust enter your home. 

Have an area for coats and shoes to go
I find that coats and shoes tend to get dumped on the floor so we have an area for shoes in our hallway. If you are able to having coat pegs in easy reach for children is a great idea.




Order larger bottles
Order larger bottles of shampoos, conditioners and body wash. This means you will have less bottles dotted around and they will last longer.  This can also apply for other items around your home not just for the bathroom. 

Cleaning Products
Having a cleaning kit is ideal I have post on what I include in mine here. My favourite cleaning must haves to make life easier are: cleaning wipes, magic erasers, squeegee , cloths , a good hoover and steamer. 

Invest in items that save you time
Forget soap bars, buy flip top toothpastes, invest in a toothbrush holder, have a toilet role holder that you don't have to unscrew each time to replace one, 


Over the door organiser 
These are so handy we have Blake's soft toys in his one but you can put in so many different things in them to keep rooms organised especially for children. 

Laundry Baskets 
We have one in our room and then for Blake's stuff in his own room. This way the clothing don't get all mixed up. 


Encourage children to help 
For example Blake loves helping with the washing. We get him to fill the machine, we put the powder in and then he turns it on for us. He also likes to help us put toys away and is starting to have more interest in the hoover. 


Do you have any more hacks that are ideal for keeping your home under control? If so I'd love to know your own ideas. 

32 comments:

  1. Some great hacks, Joanna! Could use these :) x

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  2. Great hacks! Encouraging kids to help is a great idea as well too. Mine area old enough now that I think they could do this!

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  3. These are some great tips, although I struggle to tidy up as we go along throughout the day. If I did that, I wouldn't stop picking things up after my two!

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  4. Great hacks. I just plan to hire a cleaner - can't look after my own mess let alone anyone else!

    C x

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  5. Great ideas to use! I like the idea of the over the door storage - good way to use the empty space behind the door x

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  6. Less cats - that's my tip! And storage is definitely the way forward. I have too many books that my son is fond of pulling off the shelves.

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  7. Great ideas. Storage is a must and if you can get it right it makes a big difference!

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  8. Great advice I already do a lot of these but could defiantly pinch a few new ones off
    Here

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  9. These are some really great tips as I am a very lazy person and hate to tidy haha I will definitely implement these tips for sure!

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  10. You've got some great ideas here. I like to have hooks EVERYWHERE (in cupboards, in the wardrobe etc) to hide items away.

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  11. I try to designate a play area but it never works, there are toys all over the house LOL

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  12. Great tips, these! Our house is a shambles just now - I've been working so much that I've let the housework slide.... eek.

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  13. Organisation is key in our house and I love using storage boxes for Mia's toys. I think you've covered everything here x

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  14. Can't think of anything else, love your list

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  15. These are some great ideas, keeping on top of the house work can be absolutely maddening sometimes.

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  16. I definitely needed this! I am struggling with keeping the house tidy with two kids, work and other commitments!

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  17. Great post! It fits totally with my Montessori principles! Yes to children helping in the house! Making the house children friendly definitely helps in the day to day life.

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  18. This is a brilliant post . Some great hacks - thanks lovely x

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  19. Great tips! We usually tidy up as we go along and get little man involved in the tidying up and cleaning too!

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  20. love some of these hacks... especially one about encouraging children to help. The last week or so we've been trying to teach the kids that if they make a mess ie get all there toys out then they also need to tidy it away after.

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  21. Good tips, we have a lot of them but actually using them is the sticking point, i.e. putting hats and gloves in the box as we get in the door!

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  22. We found some great storage boxes in Rymans that come in different sizes but all fit together, I made some labels and the look fab x

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  23. Great tips. Encourage children to help is a fab tip, with four kids we could get the cleaning done in no time!

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  24. Wow, these are all sounds an awesome hacks. I should try this.

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  25. I do think tidying up as you go is always the way to go, it doesn't feel so much like work then x

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  26. I agree on the play area for the kids!! We have a small house so the living room where you want to play has little space and often looks like a huge mess once they are done throwing their toys around!! We now have a designated play area and it really does help!

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  27. I struggle to get the kids to tidy as they go - they tend to just drop and leave things where they fell

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  28. I love the tip of bigger bottles of shampoo, etc. Hadn't thought of that one before. #tacticaltuesdays

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  29. Lots of great ideas though with three boys 7,6 and 20 months it's hard to keep them to one area to play. Washing info little and often #tacticaltueadays

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  30. I'm afraid I find that now I have three little hooligans making chaos I have crumbled and hired a cleaner! I do rate your hacks for preventing utter bedlam though. Good tips x

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  31. Great Jack's, I always buy the pump toothpastes as the kids find it easier to use and it doesn't go everywhere!!

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  32. Great ideas here. I really need to work on my storage solutions! #TacticalTuesdays

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