5 WAYS TO KEEP AN APARTMENT TIDY WHEN HAVING SMALL CHILDREN


What did I say? Keeping an apartment clean and tidy when having small children? Is that even possible? Well, it can be if you set your mind to it. I used to be a person who loved the mess around me more than anything. I wasn't bothered with small stuff around the cupboards or little things around the floor (like pizza boxes and all the other things that aren't toys.)
Oddly, the toys don't bother me at all but nowadays I'm losing my shit over breadcrumbs on the cupboard, my hair on the floor (what the fuck is this hair loss at the moment I'm going through?) and small pieces of food D carry around everywhere he goes.
I've become a cleaning maniac. Is this that whole "adulting" thing everyone seems to go on about? If so, I've aged +20 years in a few months. I can't stand all that little carbage everywhere, so that's why I'm here to share a few effective ways to keep an apartment tidy whilst living with a toddler and a husband who leaves the breadcrumbs around the cupboards and on the dining table. Yes, they're both small children when it comes to their cleanliness - no offence hubby if you're reading this. You're probably not, but if you are. I love you.

TELL YOUR OTHER HALF TO CLEAN UP AFTER THEMSELVES
This is a super effective way to start with keeping the cupboards clean. While it lasts, of course. For us, I have to tell this thing once a week so something happens (haha) but either way, it's a lot less of breadcrumbs around the place after telling them what's your issue with their way of living. Plus, you don't have to do everything by yourself. If you do, then I suggest changing the other half to someone who appreciates the shit you do around the home by cleaning after themselves even though they've had an "oh so hard day at work" and other boohoo's they might pull out of their mouths.

PUT THE DISHES AWAY RIGHT AWAY
I have this weird need to empty our kitchen table at the very second we've all stopped eating. Lately, I've been a bit sloppy with it but it drives me nuts if our kitchen table isn't empty haha. This makes me wonder if I'm actually writing about the things that are making me nuts about the way we all behave in our apartment or are these actually pretty good methods to keep an apartment clean?

PUT THE TOYS AWAY WHEN KIDS GO TO NAP/SLEEP
Each time we put D down on his nap or to sleep for the night I gather all of his toys in his toy box. If something, at least our living room floor is clean from all the toys rolling around the apartment.

VACUUM THE APARTMENT REGULARLY
I vacuum the apartment 3 or 4 times a week (which makes me wonder that I should do it every single day considering how much crap D brings from the dining table after he's eaten). Having dedicated vacuuming days (as I like to call them) it'll force you to collect everything from the floor. So it keeps floor nice and tidy.

FILL THE LAUNDRY MACHINE EACH EVENING BEFORE YOU GO TO BED
If you happen to have some laundry to do. When you've filled it beforehand, it's easy to turn on when going to the bathroom in the morning when you wake up. Then you can continue your morning, make some coffee and enjoy the breakfast with your little ones.

How do you keep your apartment tidy when having small children? And yes, I've specifically avoided using the word "clean" in my post, as that's something that seems to be impossible with kids haha!





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17 comments

  1. I love how straight to the point you are. Awesome post

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  2. These are really good tips Jasmin! I don’t have children but I have two cats which always leave fur everywhere πŸ™ˆ. Hoovering regularly helps to keep on top of it all. I also agree - doing the dishes straight away gets them out the way so you can relax for the evening. Excellent post, thank you for sharing 😘 xx

    Bexa | www.hellobexa.com

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  3. I actually love this, I don’t have children but do have younger siblings, so get itπŸ˜‚ so glad I came across your blog, love your style of writing, really gave me a giggle!! Xx
    Elle - ellelouise.co.uk

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  4. With three under five I have given up all hope of having a non messy house!! I try to clean up straight after they have used something to keep some form of organisation. Food mess is the worst though. X x
    Katesbeautyhome.blog

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  5. They seem like such good tips although i dont have children haha!

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  6. I don't think I've ever seen a tidy house that has kids in, haha! This post honestly sounds exactly like something my mum would write, she goes mad over crumbs and dishes left anywhere! Tidiness really does help keep a sane mind and everything in order, the only way I can relate is through my little dog who malts EVERYWHERE and leaves her toys/our shoes all round the place! I love her to pieces but it can get annoying...
    Alice Xx
    www.blacktulipbeauty.co.uk

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  7. I love these tips! I don’t have small children but my partner can act like one! I’ve been trying to train him to clean up after himself for the last 3 years but I’ve been unsuccessful! We always put our dishwasher on before bed and the washing machine is on a timer so gene we wake up it’s all done! Great tips xx

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  8. Brilliant tips. It seems silly, but the more you clean the less you end up having to clean x

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  9. They are all such good tips. I SUCK at keeping my flat tidy with my son, it's always clean, but I forever step on Lego, have washing that needs put away or hung out. No one tells you how endless housework is when you are younger!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

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  10. it's like reading about my life tbh :D BUT I don't have dishwasher so putting dishes aways is longer process for me. With cooking several times a day it's sometimes real challenge. And with the breadcrumbs,I am sometimes getting totally insane over them. Like why is there something 5seconds after I just vaccumed(very properly).Just how is that even possible? :D nice post, you made my day. Thank you.

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  11. Kids needs everything around them, but once every day cleaning and put all the mess away, can help a little. I am getting ready for a big Spring cleaning and decluttering nowadays, so these tips help a lot.

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  12. Lovely post Jasmin! I don't have children but my sister and l have a huge agegap so for me, this was going down memory lane and l picked up a few tips on keeping things tidy for myself! Thanks so much Xx

    MJ

    www.beeingyou.co.uk

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  13. I do exact like you have pointed out. When you do it regularly it always take you a few minutes of your time in a day. Btw I love computer desk 😊

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  14. i think a good one is getting the dishes right into the dishwasher as soon as you get the opportunity. Too many people let it go and then the sink piles up and you feel overwhelmed. Hard when you don't have a dishwasher though. I remember my grandparents used to do it together every night. That worked for them.

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  15. Those tips are just on point dear! I love that everything is clean around me too. Can't wait for that "sweet mess" one day when the babies come. :)

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  16. Love this! I don’t have children, but does my dog count? I have to vacuum regularly too. And put things away. Usually his toys are lying about and he pulls them out to play.

    I do agree that regular cleaning helps with lowering the time spent doing it. Just wish i wasnt lazy!!

    Kelly
    http://thiswayandthatway.com

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  17. These are great tips! I don't have children but I do have a dog who loves to play and leave a mess haha. I make sure to keep the kitchen clean and mop the floor more often as it helps a lot! x

    amerzwithlove.com

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