Trying to do some Spring cleaning while the kids are running around? Think of these 5 quick ideas to make your life easier in the home with the kids, grandkids or children in your life.
Stash kids’ books in dining spaces. Keeping a selection of children’s books (and perhaps some drawing paper and washable pencils) in the dining room can help antsy kids stick it out a little longer at the dinner table and continue the family time a tad bit longer. If the dining area gets more use as a playspace, storing a few favorite books and games here will make cleanup time quicker and easier, think about under cabinets below your island or a space in the lower cabinets of your china hutch.
Invest in adjustable stools. Kids can’t resist twirling these metal stools to adjust the height — but beyond the fun factor, they serve a practical purpose. Being able to twist to raise or lower the seat means everyone, big and little, gets to sit at the just-right height.
Designate a temporary art display space. Feeling overwhelmed by the amount of art projects coming home from school? Kids are so proud of their work, so it’s natural that they feel reluctant to let you toss it right away, but that doesn’t mean you must keep every watercolor drawing either. Designate a central place to display favorite incoming artwork for a limited time, mudroom, side of the frig, walk-in pantry or a special place in daddy’s office. When new work comes home, choose something from the board to recycle (or upcycle into thank-you cards, gift wrap or bookmarks).
Hang a big wall clock. This may seem funny, but it keeps the entire family running to the same time. Analog wall clocks can also help kids get a sense of how much time they have left to play (for example, “when the big hand is on the two, it’s time to put on your shoes”) without as much parental nagging. And there’s a side benefit: If you usually use your phone to check the time, having a centrally located wall clock may help curb mindless media browsing (since checking the time on your phone can easily lead to checking social media or email).
Install a second row of wall hooks. Got to love your mudroom, but think of the kids first. Install hooks in the mudroom and entry make it simple to hang up coats and bags when you come home, and a second row of kid-height hooks will help little ones get in on the organizing action early on. Even if you use a coat closet rather than hooks for your own coats, consider installing a few hooks especially for your kid’s belongings.
Let us know other tips you have for keeping the house tidy with kids! More blog posts to come with these kids topics to enjoy.
-Your Real Estate Nation Team
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