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Some parents are really good at keeping after all of their child's messes. However, sometimes the messes seem like they never stop happening and some parents are on the verge of giving up. If you've ever felt like that and need just a little bit of advice to help you out, then this is for you!
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Kids are a joy and a blessing. They’re also walking
mess-makers who have a lot to learn about keeping up with a house. It can be
hard to deal with life’s bigger messes, but there is hope on the horizon. Here
are some tips to help you deal with those messes and keep them out in the
Rainy weather comes with unique challenges when it comes to
your home interior. Just when you have the floor mopped and clean, the kids
walk in and track mud everywhere. If the damage is done, then take a deep
breath. If you’re on a hard flooring surface, it may be easier to let it dry.
Then you can sweep up the loose dirt and mop away the rest.
On carpeting, letting it dry probably won’t be the right
choice. Grab the kids and make the cleanup a game. Hand everyone a clean, dry
towel. Have them lay the towels down on the muddy spots and then do a little
dance on them. Once the moisture is absorbed, you can vacuum as normal and see
about treating the stains. You may need to call in a professional, such as Stain Busters Carpet Cleaning,
to help you with set-in stains or other problems. Regular carpet cleaning will
also help you avoid the development of stains and allow your carpeting to last
longer. You can also prevent this issue in the future by putting large doormats
at all entrances and establishing a no-shoe policy inside the house.
The room doesn’t need to be perfect, but it does still need
to be reasonably clean so that you can be sure there’s no food and you can
reach the bed in an emergency. Start by having a chat with your kids about the
importance of a clean room, and then tell them it’s their responsibility to
clean it. Next, establish a clear goal for having the work done and a definable
consequence for not getting the work done.
The problem with most toy boxes is that they turn into
frightening bottomless pits where things are never seen again. Invest in solid
wood dressers that can handle all types of toys, including the smaller items
and electronics favored by older kids. They’re easy to organize, and they look
Kids learn through playing, and that can lead to plenty of
stained clothes. Keep some good pre-treaters on hand, and check clothing for
marks before every load. When they come out of the washer, check again to be
sure that the mark has vanished before the dryer can make it permanent. If
necessary, retreat the stain and wash the item again. For really difficult
marks, use a solution of hydrogen peroxide and Dawn dish detergent. Simply
whisk them together, scrub into the item, and then wash immediately.
Keep your house clean by being proactive with the kids.
Teach them little ways to keep up with the chores and avoid making major
messes. When the messes happen, just take a deep breath and tackle it one small
piece at a time. Have the kids help you along the way so they'll know what to
do next time.
Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer and mother of two from Sacramento, CA. She enjoys reading reading books out on the lake while kayaking.
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