A Clean House With Toddlers?


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This question is especially appropriate for me today, after clearing out the last of many visitors and presents torn open on my floors -- how do you find time to clean the house with toddlers under foot all day long!? 

My house is a wreck, every day, all day. One little trick I've found: My daughter loves go follow me around with baby wipes, scouring everything, including the TV, the windows, the couch, and the curtains. I don't complain because it gives me a few minutes to clear the old clutter to get ready for the new clutter that will soon take its place.

What are your tricks for keeping a little bit of order and hygiene around the joint? Add yours to this list from other CafeMoms, responding to a recent question by EGNS.

I have a 22 month old and I am constantly cleaning. When I make the bed, I throw the pillows down and let him jump in them then ask him to help me pick them up. notjstanothrmom

My kids clean with me, but I keep my list short. No kid wants to clean for 6 hours so we work in 15 minute time frames. We may dust for 15 minutes, then play for an hour, then fold laundry for 15, then play, etc. hailnbray

My daughter loves water so I let her "clean" the kitchen while I clean other areas of the house. Or she likes to fold wash rags, so I give her a small basket of wash rags to fold. It makes a little mess, but I still get to clean other areas, and then I save those areas that she has cleaned for last, and by that time it's nap time or she has moved on to something else. vaysmommy

My 2 year old gets to run the Swiffer around, or have her own soapy sponge to wipe at things. We make it fun, and I make a big deal out of what a good little helper she is. I also clean the bathroom while she is in the bathtub every night. While she is splashing around, I can take a minute to wipe down the counters or swish the toilet bowl. anonymous

I do laundry on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays. On Fridays I only do bed linens. I have them help me and we make a game of it. They learn colors, shapes and whose clothes belong to whom. During the day I believe it's important to spend time with your kids and do some fun stuff. Keeping it clean during the week makes it easy to do the big cleaning once or twice a week. The key to keeping a clean house is MAINTENANCE. happy6

When they leave home, you will have a nice neat home again! This is what my mom told me when I asked her the same thing! anonymous


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LauraPPL LauraPPL

Dirt free and lived in but not cluttered

Colle... ColleenF30

I banned company!

tweet... tweetyfan

Having 3 sick kids my house is dirty and cluttered .. but now that things are getting back to normal its now getting a good cleaning ... New year resolution is to get rid of clutter...

twinc... twinclubmom

I agree with LauraPPL: my home is dirt free (most of the time) and lived in, not cluttered. I do a big clean on the weekends when DH is around to occupy the twins and I spot clean plus straighten up on a daily basis. Most days I let the "toy mess" go until after the twins have gone to bed but other days I put them down for their nap and do a quick pick up.

JayGi... JayGirlsMom

also dirt free and lived in. not cluttered. I clean everyday. when she naps I do the things I don't want her around for, like "wet" dusting, and cleaning with products. but when she is awake, you can always hand her a wet wipe and she will "clean" with it. and she looooves to run the swiffer. I took out one of the "links" in the handle, and now it is just her height. she loves to push it all around. mommys big helper girl!

JayGi... JayGirlsMom

P.S. thanks for using the pic of my little one "cleaning" our walls. she had such fun that day, cleaning everything she saw!

baby1... baby1love

LOL Dirt Free AND cluttered !! I work from home so when my toddler is napping I work I don't clean till later on after she goes to bed at night AFTER she has made all kinds of messes around house. It is easier to clean up toys ONCE than 5 times a day !!

nanae... nanaevelyn

I don't rush to clean, sometimes the dirt is healthier than the cleaning products!  I have asthma and only can use toxin-free products!

momin... mominbolt

A little dirty and very cluttered! But only because we don't have dressers and my clothes and my DH's clothes are piled in the living room..... Nowhere to put them!!!

jodi205 jodi205

well my daughter likes to clean too so if i am in the kitchen she has her own little rag plus we bought her a kitchen set for christmas that helps. if i am in the living room she has a pretend dust buster she helps me out. any of the other rooms bathroom (she is not allowed in unless she is getting a bath or using her pot) and bedrooms her room is always straight her sisters room is off limits and our room well that is another story lol

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