Life under lockdown has its ups and downs.
There is a lot of good to be found, but that doesn't make it easy. The time we have together is so special, but having everyone home all day, everyday, comes with a lot of challenges. Mainly, constant clean up and a big mess!
There's no question, its easier to keep your home clean when no one is there all day.
Our homes and routines aren't used to having us all home all the time, so we need to adapt and adjust to get organized.
We've put together our top tips to help you stay organized throughout this lockdown, and none of them involve reorganizing your space.
Survival method means finding ways to make life easier as much as possible. So here is how we recommend you do that.
1. Start Fresh Each Day
Before you go to bed, do a quick pick-up and run the dishwasher or wash the dishes every night and put them away first thing in the morning so you're prepared for the dishes that come throughout the day.
When you get up each morning, make the bed and open the curtains first thing.
Try your best to give yourself grace while preparing your space for what the day has in store.
2. Keeps Snacks and Meals on Schedule
As tempting as it is for snack all day when home, it wrecks total havoc on the kitchen/dish situation. Plus, if you need to prepare those snacks it can be a huge distraction throughout the day.
Stick to a daily schedule for your morning and midday meals and snacks so you can plan accordingly and encourage your kids to sit at a table to eat so you're not cleaning up crumbs in every room.
3. Make Cleanup Part of the Routine
When kids are home all day it seems like they are constantly moving from one activity to the next and making a huge mess in the process.
Just like at school or daycare, make sure kids are responsible for their own cleanup and make it a prerequisite before they move on to the next mess.
Sure, it may not be perfect, but its definitely better than doing it all yourself.
4. Get Kids Outside
If you have a backyard, use it! If you have trails or parks that aren’t crowded, and the time to use them, do it!
The more time kids spend outside, the less time they spend making messes inside. Plus they burn major energy, which means a calmer child later.
Bundle them up in their snowsuits and toss them in the backyard to enjoy the snow!
5. Give Meaning To The Word Home School
This challenge at home is also an opportunity to slow down and involve your children in all aspects of the home allowing them to get involved and learn in ways they might not have had the opportunity to with the time constraints on normal life.
Involve your kids in meal preparation, teach them how to bake or cook (if it’s something you enjoy). Get your kids a chore chart and show them how to take pride in caring for their home.
Your children are constantly learning from watching you, so why not get them involved in the things you have to do?
6. Lower The Bar . . . Just a Little
This is a time in your life like no other.
It’s ok to let go of the fear of what others think. No one is coming over anyways. And even if they were, they get it.
Our situations are all different, but we’re all just trying to survive. So go easy on yourself and just try your best to do what makes you happy.
And remember, we're always here to help!
We're offering virtual organizing consultations to help you through your organizing challenges. You can book here anytime!