There are easy, and extremely inexpensive ways to organize your life as a homemaker and stay-at-home mom so you can live more and clean less. I am all for that!
This list of five easy ways to add more organization to your life will free up more time for you when there is any down time in your day.
Every bedroom in the house has a single hamper as well.
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I know that these easy tips for organizing two areas of the house help me operate a little more efficiently during my weeks as a stay-at-home mom. I hope you can make them work for you.
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I am wondering how you got your six-month-old to pick up after himself. My son is seven months, and I don't think he would understand the concept.
Jamasina, good question! At about 6 months old, since he could sit up on his own and was exhibiting the ability to put items into a container, I started at clean up time to place a bin in front of him and push some toys in front of him that were on the floor while encouraging him to pick them up. I would say, "Put the toys in the bin," while handing a toy to him and pointing to the bin. When he placed it in the bin I would say, "Thank you for helping. Grab another one and put it in. Clean up the toys." I then cleaned up the rest, so he was really only picking up about 10 items max, but with my modeling and singing the clean up song I taught the association that 'clean up' means 'put toys in the bin'…over time. He did not master this lesson at 6 months old, but we started teaching him more deliberately at that age. The concept was not understood until he could ask, "Why do I have to clean up?" and we could explain that it is part of having things and taking care of them. Now that he is 4, we still get some resistance on nights when he is over-tired or just wanting to be more defiant, but it is the regularity of the clean up time and that we very rarely let him go to bed without helping to clean up. It has been a process, and still is a lesson that we reinforce most nights, but not one that is easily learned. Despite the patience that it takes to teach our children to clean up, I do think it has been a valuable lesson for them to learn.
Looking back, do you think it was worth the effort to start so young?
Absolutely, because it was not an effort to teach him then. We were merely setting up the framework of what our expectations were for him. We knew how we wanted him to take care of his things and we wanted to impart the lesson of being a contributing family member. I think the lesson of cleaning up teaches far more than just where the toys go when we are done with them. Plus, I was teaching to his developmental level-he could put items in a bin, and so I was merely encouraging that with a lesson of 'cleaning up' hidden (to him) in the mix. I think teaching early-taking the time and having the patience to scaffold your child's learning-beats undoing bad behaviors later on when they are older in order to attempt to teach them what you could have been teaching all along.