I know that catchy title has already got you hooked on what I’m about to write but actually I get a lot of questions about how I keep my house so tidy. Most frequently I’m asked where do I keep the boys toys.
Let me warn you I am a neat freak. To the point where it’s an obsession. So what you are about to read might seem crazy and extreme but let me assure you no children are harmed in the cleaning of my house.
The boys have lots of storage in their bedrooms. Harbor has the Ikea kallax storage unit with boxes in the shelves. He also has a built in wardrobe which on oneside is shelves where I can hide the hideous bright coloured plastic toys of doom. They both have wicker storage baskets under their bed and some cute bookshelves I found off eBay. Which originally were in my living room and as with most furniture that doesn’t have a home it tends to migrate to the boys.
We have a storage chest in the living room which houses one genre of toy. This month it is cars and I rotate it each month. Lego month was a low point let me tell you!
I have my eye on these Laura Ashley baskets which I want in the lounge for the boys toys.
The boys are amazing at tidying things back away and once a week I do an inspection. They don’t stand to attention but we do sort ALL boxes back into genre. The boys love this as they see toys they have completely forgotten about.
Since leaving full time work to become a mother I felt lost without the structure and routine of being in management so I guess I subconsciously replaced my job with running the house. I am a perfectionist and although there doesn’t seem to be any chance of promotion I’m definitely performing well!
My basic rules are that the house is completely clean and organised before I go to bed. Which means hoovering and polishing after the boys are bathed and in their pyjamas. This means when I wake up all I have to do is laundry.
I aim to be out of the house where possible. I have to walk the dogs, do the school run alongside park trips so it’s pretty easy. Then Sonny naps and I do the ironing and normally clean out one cupboard or draw.
I actually enjoy cleaning and I don’t feel like I can relax unless everything is picture perfect. I have such a routine now that I find I have loads of time to spend with the boys.
The only exception to my rule is the weekend where I just adopt a ‘what’s the worst that can happen’ attitude. Especially since Harbor started school I feel like weekends are so precious.