About Samantha & her Blog
Samantha is a winner of Top 25 Home Management Moms - 2012
How do you encourage your children to help keep the house organized?
Not surprisingly, kids will be more apt to help keep their home tidy if the clean-up process is easy AND fun. I really work hard to make their playroom and bedrooms easy to clean up. Therefore, it makes clean-up less stressful on everyone. We have lots of little mesh bins in our playroom that are designated for specific categories. That makes it easy for the kids to toss the toys inside each bin and then we can put them away in the storage closet. Sometimes we make a fun game out of cleaning too by either counting as we toss items in or counting how many toys each child picked up. But they key is to make it fun...and a game where everyone wins. There are no losers in this house! :-)
What advice do you have for moms trying to manage their home more effectively?
I have lots of advice to share for moms trying to manage their homes more effectively, but the number one piece of advice I can offer is to keep it simple. This applies to everything in your home. Simplify wherever and whenever you can. The less items you have, the less clutter can accumulate. Keep your toy supply thinned out. Keep your paper clutter to a minimum. Find systems that work for you so that you are motivated to put items where they belong right away, which will keep the clutter away. Keep it simple!
What's the biggest challenge when keeping a home organized?
Hard to answer this question with one answer...so I'll answer it with 2. :-)
1. Personally, I think one of the biggest challenges is paper clutter. Especially when you have multiple children in the house. Paper seems to come from everywhere and it multiplies before your eyes...from the mailbox, to school, to church, to after school activities, from work, and more. It just takes over!
and 2. The other challenge when keeping a home organized would be not having any kind of system in place for anything. You need organization systems in your home that work for you and your family...systems that keep you on your a-game and feeling like the organization monster is something you can tackle - with success and pride.
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