Don’t worry. It’s simple.
You just declutter like a demon.
And then in your beautifully minimalist home
… containing only things you use or value
… organise your children’s few possessions in simple Montessori fashion on natural open shelves.
So they can choose one thing to play with.
Enjoy it. And put it back. Exactly where it belongs …
… zzzzzzzzzzz … what’s that? I must have dozed off.
I was having the most beautiful dream.
But seem to have woken up under a pile of dodgy laundry.
In the middle of the car boot sale that is my living room.
Surrounded by mess. Everywhere! Help?
What on earth are you meant to do?
When your whole house feels like a tip.
And you’re exhausted.
And you’ve got precisely two minutes to get the kids in bed.
Before the whole family melts down.
Well obviously the BIG – solve the real problem – answer is to declutter.
And live a simpler less hectic life.
But you know what?
That IS – whatever, the declutter queens say – hard!
Getting off – AND staying off – that busy, busy, consumer treadmill is NOT easy.
And in the meantime the living room is a complete pit.
And we’re about to yell at our kids. And the dog.
Because it makes us so deep down thoroughly miserable …
BUT luckily there IS a simple trick to blitz the mess fast.
AND to get the whole family to help.
It won’t solve our real-heart-of-the-matter problem of buying too much stuff.
We have to leave that for another day.
BUT it will mean we can cross the living room without breaking a leg.
It will mean it’s clear enough to whizz the hoover round.
It will mean we feel a little less out of control.
AND it will mean the whole family feel they’ve solved a problem together.
So what’s the trick? How do you actually blitz mess fast?
Well here goes … this is what works for us …
… and actually clears a room of most mess in 5 minutes flat!
How To Blitz Mess Fast
Every evening – or in that moment just before you scream blue murder – grab a pile of big bags.
Laundry bags. Super size shopping bags. Bin bags.
Whatever. It doesn’t matter.
Just grab one for each member of the family.
AND your phone.
Then tell everyone when you say GO, they’ve got to run round the room.
AND find everything that belongs to them.
That doesn’t belong in the living room. Or kitchen.
Or wherever you’re tidying.
AND the winner is whoever has the fullest bag, when THREE minutes on your phone is up.
3 minutes seems like nothing. Even to a small child.
Especially when it’s a race.
But it is mind boggling how much misplaced cr*p you can pick up in 3 minutes!!
After quick high fives to the winner. Shove all the bags outside the room door.
Then put your timer on for another TWO minutes.
And get everyone to run around and shove away their remaining stuff left on the floor or furniture.
My added BONUS tip here is, it’s much easier for kids to shove toys away quickly, vaguely where you might possibly want them to belong if you store :
- Big stuff like bricks, mecano, trains and truck in cheapo bags like these
- And puzzles, board games and jigsaws in – also cheap – wallets like these
And there you go in just FIVE minutes you will blitz most of the mess.
And the whole family will have helped.
Depending on how late it is.
And how fragile everyone’s feeling.
Everyone can then take their bag to their room for sorting later.
Or you can sit down with them on their bedroom floor and help sort the bag into piles.
Mucky laundry. Books. Wear again clothes. School stuff. Hair bobbles!! Etc.
It’s a 2 minute sorting job. Then 2 minutes more to put the piles away.
And there you go. You’re done.
Mess tamed. If not quite conquered.
Without yelling! Or tears.
And IF, IF, IF you can all keep it up everyday, it really does keep the mess monster at bay!
I really hope this helps. Do let me know how you get on.
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