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Cleaning the house when you have toddlers around can be challenging to say the least. Ironically, toddlers are the source of most of the messes in your home and also the reason it is so difficult to clean. Rest assured, parents of toddlers, just follow these helpful tips to get your house clean and orderly in no time.

Establish a Routine

Life with a toddler throws enough surprises at you each day; at least make cleaning be predictable. Figure out a cleaning routine that works for you and your family and stick to it. You can make your own schedule or follow one of the many free templates available on the internet.

Enlist Help

When you are cleaning up after little people who delight in making messes, it is sometimes necessary to enlist help from others in order to get it all done. Whether it is help from your spouse or a professional (or both), don’t be afraid to get the extra help you need. Some parents will have a housekeeper come periodically to help with deep cleaning while many others may call in a professional carpet cleaning company like Fantastic Carpet Services to help with the spills that create stubborn stains. Whatever help you need, don’t hesitate to call on others.

Invest Time in Organization

Overhauling the way you store things in your home will take some time, but the pay off can be big. Make sure that everything has a place and that place is easy to access. Not only will everything having an assigned place help you put things away quickly and easily, but it will also allow your toddler to begin to learn the responsibility of putting away his or her own toys.

Go Green with Your Cleaning Supplies

The toxic chemicals found in many cleaning supplies are not good for any of us, but for tender little ones, their effects can be especially harmful. Replace harsh chemical cleaners with greener formulations, or mix your own homemade versions. You may be surprised how effective the formulas your grandmother mixed up decades ago can be today.

Timing is Everything

It can be tempting to want to clean up messes as soon as they happen, but as any parent of a toddler will tell you cleaning up with a toddler underfoot can be counterproductive. Many parents find that investing just a few child-free minutes to cleaning will yield far greater results than a much greater amount of time with toddlers nearby.

Earnest Parenting: help for parents who want to clean, even with toddlers around.