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The 4 Best Ways To Deal With Your Messy House

Working mainly from home has its positives, of course: optional dress code, flexitime, and no commute. What I do miss, however, is the ability to shut the front door on the mess, the chaos and anarchy of a house with small children living in it.

I now work in it. Literally. To my left are the scatter cushions providing safety from the lava-laden sitting room floor. To my right is the mess after the kids decided they wanted to make their own lunches. Well, I presume it is still there, the ginormous pile of ironing is standing in the way, obscuring the view. Questioning my ability to cope at this stage would prove not only detrimental but disheartening. So, I present, my housework hacks for dealing with the madness.

1. Making a Path

This is particularly pertinent for the Lego on the floor, you know, not any major pieces of architecture, more the little teeny tiny bits that lay broken off a bigger work of Lego. Flag poles, Lego hands, car steering wheels. You know the type. This also carries with it a health and safety notice - walk on one of those things in your stocking feet and you could possibly be looking at surgery to get it removed. Make a nice safe path, and don’t run the risk. You know it’ll happen, and it normally does once your child is safely asleep and the merest wince from you would wake them.

2. Containing the Mess

Either in one room of the house or strategically placed/hidden storage in each room of the house. This certainly helps me pretend that I am a fully functioning adult member of society after the children have gone to bed. Let’s say nothing about leaving Iggle Piggle on after they have gone to bed and not noticing for a full half an hour, ok? Great. Because that only happens at least once a week.

3. Enlist Help

Do you know what the best and most fun game is? In our house, it's who can best tidy up the fastest. Works a treat, a problem shared is a problem halved. A little tricky with my two-year-old as she is extremely enthusiastic about tidying up, so much so, it can get a little counterproductive. I can only hope that by sowing the seeds young, it will develop into god habits. I know as I type this, it won’t happen, but ya gotta have faith.

4. Go Outside

Do you know what is already really messy this time of year? The park. The glorious, leaf-strewn, puddle spotted park. Not only do we all get to let off some steam kicking and splashing our way around, I get to shut out the mess for a few precious hours. Added bonus of a possibility of a sleep in for those without sleep-averse children. What are your best tips for keeping on top of thing (or not)? Let us know in the comments!

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About the Author

Jane is a writer, blogger and mammy based in South Dublin. She has spearheaded equality programmes and advocacy campaigns for large NGO’s and is now following a lifelong dream in establishing herself as a writer. Recently qualified in Journalism, Jane has won the June 2015 Original Writing Short Story competition, has been longlisted for the Blog Awards 2015 and runs The Postmodern Mammy. Never one to shy away from controversy, Jane enjoys writing about parenting, politics and social issues.

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