Home Helps with Holly

We all know that housework can be an overwhelming process with little people running around! Here are a couple tips that can ease the never ending process of tidying up!

“Ten Minute Tidy”  - At the end of the evening, set a timer for 10 minutes. Have the whole family pitch in and clean up as many things as possible. You will be so surprised as to what you can accomplish in just 10 minutes! Make this a part of your bedtime routine and your kiddos will go to bed with a tidied house every night! You may even be able to read a book or do something other than cleaning after the kids are asleep!

“One Touch Rule” - How many times do you come home and throw your coat over the couch, your bags on the kitchen table, and shoes by the front door? Around dinnertime, you then move the bags to a corner of the living room and then out of the way again for after dinner playtime. On her blog, the “Penny Pinchin’ Mom” suggests implementing the “one touch rule” to your home. Instead of moving those bags around 3-4 times in one evening, find a home for them in the front closet or on a hook by the front door. When you come home, put your bags in their spot and they are ready for use the next morning, without searching the house for them! I know I need to use this rule especially for my dishes or my keys! It is so easy to stack up dirty dishes next to the sink instead of rinsing them and putting them in the dishwasher the first time. With the one touch rule, I will put my keys on their hook right when I get home so I know exactly where they are and will not need to search the whole house for them if they are moved from table to table. Try this for a week and see how it helps reduce clutter in your home!

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Holly Line - I am currently the Children’s Assistant and Rock Paper Scissors Preschool Assistant at Rock Point Church. I am mama to a very active toddler, Warren. If we are not at home, you can find us at the pool with my swim coach husband, Ian.  I love coffee, all things crafty, and being outside. As first-time parents, my husband and I are learning the ropes of parenting and I hope to share our experiences along the way!