At Roosterbank, we love making life easier for busy families, so we’ve decided to bring together some tips and tricks to save you time.Here we bring you some ingenious ways to save time tidying up, as we all know that keeping a tidy house with small people around is, at the best times challenging, if not near impossible!
Try these out and let us know if you have anymore…
The laundry basket tidy up challenge
Arm children with an empty laundry basket and challenge them to visit every room in the house, picking up any items that are in the wrong room. As they are moving around the house, when they see an item in their basket that belongs in a certain room they should place it back in it’s rightful home.
As the kids go from room to room the items in the laundry basket will grow a little and shrink. Eventually they should be back where they started with an empty laundry basket and everything in place.
Tidying up in targets
A very versatile way to get little hand to help when tidy up. All you have to do is make a square or circle ‘target’ on the floor and get children to sweep up, collect or arrange mess into this space. This means that all the mess will be in one place and easier to put back.
This tip is originally from Buzzfeed and works great in the kitchen when challenging younger children to sweep up mess into a small area. Having a target to sweep up into helps little ones concentrate on the games, they may even forget they’re tidying.
Put on some funky music
Kids get really excited when they hear their favourite songs, therefore all you need to do is channel that excitement into tidying up! Turn up some fast tempo music and hopefull the kids will be tidying up double time! Here’s a great Spotify playlist that children are sure to love. Guardian kids’ party playlist…
Pocket money and Reward Charts
You can always tie chores and jobs into your families pocket money routine, read more on how to do this here. Many parents we have spoken to, like to link tasks, such as tidying up with a reward chart. This is especially effective with youger children. You can create and print a free reward chart here.
Do you have any other tips and tricks for tidying up with children? Please share them in the comments if you do