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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Excuse the Mess, I have Toddlers | 3 Tips for a Tidy Home with Toddlers

Sponsored Post: This post is sponsored by the Libman Company, but as always all opinions are my own.

My biggest challenge as a stay at home mom is the housecleaning.  I know we've all heard the phrase, "please excuse the mess, the children are making memories", right?  As much as I love this and Lord know my girls make plenty of "memories", there's comes a point where I actually have to tidy the house.  If I didn't, my husband might start to wonder what I do all day.  Ha! And who doesn't love a tidy house?


 After a long day with two toddlers under the age of 3, it can be hard, but I try my best to make sure it's tidy and the floors are at least swept before going to bed.  We've been using Libman products for years and were in desperate need of a new broom.  We headed to the nearest Walmart and grabbed the Libman Angle Precision Broom, which I knew would be the perfect broom to tackle the constant crumbs that are all over our floors.  Did I mention we also have a dog?  A malamute mix who sheds all year long.  What's one more thing to add to the chaos?!


Here are some tips that help us and will hopefully help you keep a tidy home if you have toddlers! 

1. Set a routine.

I like to start with making the beds and tiding up the small things like picking up toys/clothes off the floor and cleaning up breakfast.  The bed making makes a huge difference in how I view my home for the day.  There is just something about a neatly made bed that makes me happy and more productive.  Laundry day is another one you want to set a routine for.  I started doing laundry on Monday and Thursday each week and it's amazing how much that has helped.  It doesn't pile up and I don't get overwhelmed.  Now, I know life happens and I occasionally miss a day, but it's easy to get back on track.  Basically, make a daily list and then prioritize from there for things like the dishes and vacuuming.

2. Let your toddler(s) help.

My oldest is at the age where she loves to help me, which means I can take advantage of her thinking that cleaning is fun and make games out of it!  Her favorite thing to do right now is sweep the floors.  It sometimes ends up making a bigger mess, but she's learning a little responsibility and it gives me a short break while she does it.  One thing that they can definitely help with is picking up after playtime.  I don't know about you, but if there are toys strung out all of the place, it's hard to get anything else done. 


 






















3. Sweep in the evening.

This one can be hard for me, especially when I'm exhausted and just want to go to bed.   However, this is the most important part to me when keeping a tidy home.  The Libman Angle Precision Broom does the perfect job in the evenings.  It is precisely cut to reach under cabinets and tight corners.  I love that it has a longer life and is environmentally friendly (made from recycled PET bottles).  Libman is guaranteed quality construction and can be used indoor and outdoor.  Some days, the house is just a mess and I'm thankful that I have a broom that helps me at least clean up the crumbs out of hard to reach spots before going to bed.




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Do you have any tips for keeping a tidy home with toddlers?  I'd love to hear them!  Leave a comment below.
 

21 comments:

  1. Such a great tips! My almost 2 year old loves to help sweep. Sweeping at night is definitely something I need to get better at!

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  2. Having a routine is so key for my little guy! And being patient as he helps and being ok with it still being messy in is toddler way when it's done is key! Great tips!

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  3. Perfect easy tips that make a huge difference! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. These are great tips! My kids love to "help" sweep. LOL

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  5. Can't live without a good broom!

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  6. Aubrey loves to help sweep around the house. I think it makes them feel like grown-ups. Too funny!

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  7. I only have one and it´s a mess, need to get him to help sweeping!

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  8. Great tips mama! The girls love "helping" out and it makes things so much easier.

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  9. My kids love to help do everything but clean their own rooms. ha.

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  10. Great tips!!! I love having my girls help with cleaning. :)

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  11. These are such great tips for keeping the house together with kids! My mom would have us help around the house all the time!

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  12. Toddlers love to clean. I have no idea why, but I'm just going with it. Lol Sweeping in the evening is a great tip!

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  13. I love your tips for cleaning with toddlers! My boys are older and I still can't keep anything clean around here! I think I need to give my boys some sweeping duties!

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  14. I totally agree with letting kids help! Such a good teaching opportunity

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  15. My girls love to "help" and I let them because I feel like its an excellent learning opportunity. Their little Melissa and Doug brooms tend to spread the piles around more, but its the thought that counts right? :-)

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  16. What wonderful little helpers! I love that all of them do this together! Great bonding moment and clean floors!

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  17. My kids are always trying to use the broom!

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  18. I clean all day long. I love when they help though, so cute!

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  19. This is such a good list. I especially try to have a routine so it's just part of the week. Your girls are so cute!!
    Angela

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  20. My girls have both skyways loved helping clean. I'm so thankful for it.

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