When I first had my daughter I, like most of us I'm sure, felt completely overwhelmed. Even though you've had 9 months to prepare for you're new arrival, physically and mentally adjusting to you're new lifestyle can take some time. Even now over a year and a half on, I still find that just getting out of the house for a short while can be just what you need to see clearly again. But the last thing you want when you comeback is a messy home. So here are 4 simple tasks I do before I leave my house.
1) Make you're Bed! - Sometimes this can mean the difference between chaos and peace. As you're bed probably takes up the majority of space in your bedroom, it's a well known fact that as soon as you're bed is made, your eye automatically takes that in first instead of anything else you may have lying on the floor. (Great if you've had a long day with a small baby or energetic toddler!)
2) Sofa Cushions! - Just like in the bedroom, you're sofa is often the focal point of your lounge or family room. So if that's out of place it can often make the room seem a lot more of a mess than it actually is. What's great about the simplicity of sofa cushions is that it literally takes less than 30 seconds to do. So whether you're sleep deprived from your newborn or in a rush getting to school it's very effective for very little effort.
3)Wash the Dishes! - This is one of those never ending tasks, (like laundry) the more you seem to do, the more keeps coming. And if you let it build up, even for a day, it can become extremely daunting to tackle. (Especially if you have a large family!) I try to ensure I wash up before leaving the house. That way when we return if anyone is hungry or I need to start dinner, I am faced with clean pots and pans rather than hunting to find something that doesn't require soaking first.
4) Toy Tidy Up! - The amount of clutter kids leave in their wake is frightening. Most days I discover toys I didn't even know we owned. (Or can't find things I thought we did.) I can't count the times I've left the mess to run an errand only to return with a sleeping baby and have to tackle the musical obstical course. (A side note, they should really stop making toys that talk when you switch them off! It's just asking for trouble at nap time!)
Save yourself the Lego foot injuries and have a quick whizz round the room immediately before you leave the house. I recently posted on 'How to stop Kids Clutter from Taking Over your House' in which I talk about ways to store and manage toys for a quick 5 min tidy up. Which I would really recommend for situations like this.
I sincerely hope you found my 4 tips helpful. I would love to hear what you do before leaving your house, or if you think I have missing anything crutial please leave me a message! I am always greatfull for any hints/tips on how to save time and effort!
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