As a mom of two, it doesn’t surprise me that I often hear moms complain that it’s too difficult to keep a house clean with young children… I understand 😀 especially when you have little ones who delight in pulling all their clothes out of the drawers and playing with the clean laundry!
But I discovered a post by a Grandmother, author and blogger, Mrs. Sharon White, titled Cleaning House with Baby, and fell in love with the wonderful way she embraces keeping her home, even with little ones to entertain! I thought you might be encouraged in hearing her words as much as I was!
It is certainly a challenge to keep house, when there are babies and small children around. But these are the loveliest times of all for the homemaker.
Babies often look on curiously at all the work we do in the home. They are shocked by the noise from the blender, the vacuum, and the washing machine.
One day last week, I was making a cake. I had baby in the carriage. He watched as I brought down the large mixing bowl (to his level), and used my electric hand-mixer to stir the cake batter. He loved it!
I have put him in the walker while vacuuming the carpet. It is easy to play fun games with baby, when one is cleaning. He enjoys seeing all the action going on at Grandmother’s house.
We garden together, hang clothes on the line, wash dishes, sing hymns, sweep floors, and wash the high-chair tray! Well, I do all those things while baby watches. (Much like when I am helping Mister with his stuff, He does all the work, while I stand nearby.) It’s really the being together that is wonderful.
Part of playing with babies and children most certainly happens while we are living our normal, daily life. We just bring the children along in our activities, making our work and our days delightful.
Since we want to have more children, it’d be nuts for me to wait until they’re older to figure out how to keep the house cleaned and organized… here are some ideas that help us in our household to enjoy cleaning, but also enjoy playing together:
- Use their messes they make in their playtime as an opportunity to teach them the proper way to clean up. If they get all the clothes out, help them learn that it’s nice to put them back in the drawers.
- Help them to remember to put away toys they have gotten out that they are no longer playing with.
- One of the best things I’ve learned to do, is to spend about 15-30 minutes every evening just tidying up the entire living room area and game room. Our oldest boy joins in with me and takes this time before dinner to put back all his toys he’s gotten out. It’s great to get to relax in a calm, quiet living room after I’ve tucked them both in bed, instead of having to run around putting his toys back myself, or tripping over action figures and blocks.
- One of my favorite things to do, and something my husband teases me about, is that I love to put on music when I clean, especially with the boys doing their own thing. Our oldest smiles and dances with me, the baby smiles at us in the most delighted way, and claps his baby hands. Music is the great mood-changer, and if you don’t necessarily like cleaning and organizing, at least you can do it with a great song in the background!