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5 children friendly cleaning tips

Top tips to keep your home tidy, even when you have young children.

Cleaning is a chore at the best of times. But add mess created by some little tikes, and suddenly a quick tidy-up becomes a mammoth task.

But all is not lost. A little method can cut through the madness and ensure your home stays in order.

This week, the cleaning experts at Merry Maids UK have put together our top 5 tips for cleaning up around the house when you have children.

  1. Give your children a routine

Author Malcolm Gladwell coined the phrase ‘repetition is the key to mastery,’ and in this case – it’s true!

Practice makes perfect, and the best way to stay on top of your cleaning is to well… keep on top of it.

By sticking to a routine, your children will learn the value of cleaning up after themselves, and the practice will become a habit.

Establishing routines throughout the day means that your child knows when and how to tidy up the messes they make and the importance of keeping things tidy.

  1. Ensure everything has a home

Cleaning with and for your children should be straightforward and uniform.

With your routine established, ensure that everything your child needs has its place.

As with your routine, repetition will help your child to understand what you’re doing and learn to imitate it.

You to keep things organised and let your child know where to get something and put it away again.

  1. Keep surfaces clutter-free

Habit, habit, habit! That’s today’s mantra. And it applies to keeping things free of clutter too.

If your home is full of clutter, your child will struggle to know where things go and learn the benefits of organising their things.

Furthermore, mess and clutter are proven to cause stress as it signals to your brain that you still have work to do.

Keeping in the habit of ridding surfaces of clutter will help maintain a stress-free environment for you and your children.

Moreover, feeling like a failure is a common experience for many parents.

Raising children can be a hugely stressful experience and can trigger feelings of fear and stress that negatively impact your mental health.

As much as possible, your goal is to minimise opportunities where you may feel like this.

This is chiefly how to do with how you frame your own experience, your successes, and perceived failures as a parent.

But it also helps to take whatever practical steps you can, like keeping a clean and clutter-free environment.

Not only will this teach your children positive habits, but it will help to keep you feeling your best.

At Merry Maids, we regularly share tips on decluttering and organising different areas of your home. Including your desks, your kitchen, and even your garage.

  1. Rotate toys

Decluttering is one thing, but if you’re finding that you’re just constantly picking up toys, it might be time for a new system.

Thankfully, the Toy Checkout System is perfect for families who are battling against a rising tide of playthings and children who don’t want to share.

This entails having a rotating system of toys wherein a certain number are always accessible for everyone, and individual toys are under individual responsibility.

Essentially, the child who took out the toy is responsible for putting it away.

The rotation toys are organised and out of sight in a safe and out-of-the-way place.

For this to work, you’ll want a sheet of paper with two columns labelled “Name” and “Toy”.

Then think of it like a hotel checkout. When a child wants to get a toy out, they write their name and the toy they are checking out.

To get out a new toy, they first have to clean up and return the toy they checked out.

This isn’t to say that your children can’t share toys.

They can invite others to play with the toy and request help tidying, but ultimately, that toy is their responsibility.

This method keeps your home clean and tidy and teaches your children the value of personal responsibility. It’s a win-win!

  1. Stay simple!

When working with your children, it’s best to keep things simple.

Using a visual aid, as with the Toy Checkout System, works well because it’s straightforward for them to understand and stick to.

When clearing up clutter, the last thing you want to do is overcomplicate things and create mental clutter.

You might think that a 15-step colour-coded table for different toy categories is fun (we do too!) But it will just lead to confusion and inertia from your children.

Keep things as efficient as possible. Ensure you have organisational systems but keep them as simple as possible.

Don’t have time to clean?

At Merry Maids UK, we know you don’t always have the time to clean or keep things organised – especially as a parent.

That’s where we come in. For parents who struggle to find the time to do the cleaning, our top tip is to call in the professionals!

With over 30 years as domestic cleaning experts, our maids take care of the cleaning to the highest possible standard, so you have more time to spend with your loved ones and less time worrying about cleaning.

Whether it’s a regular clean or you’re just a one-off tidy-up, we have you covered. Our maids have the right know-how, equipment, and training to deliver the best standard every time.

See how we could help you by calling 0800 021 3072 or finding your nearest Merry Maids business today.

Or, for one-off cleans, you can book online in select locations for a quick and easy cleaning experience.

How to: Organise your kitchen

A helpful guide to de-cluttering your kitchen.

Have you ever found yourself jumping back to avoid a rogue jar, container or bag of flour when you open your kitchen cupboards? Or have you ever wondered how much time you’ve wasted searching for measuring cups or food storage lids? If so, you’re probably in need of some kitchen organisation.

Organising your kitchen not only saves you time and bumps on the head from Tupperware avalanches. It also helps you keep your kitchen clean, as it’s much easier to wipe down and tidy an uncluttered space. Our home cleaning and organisation experts at Merry Maids can help. In fact, we’ve put our heads together to give you our four favourite kitchen organisation tips, all in one place.

1. Free up space with hooks and racks

Overall, the best way to maintain a clutter-free kitchen is to clear out cabinets and drawers and keep countertops clean. And hanging items to keep them off of counters is an excellent means of doing this. Here are several ways you can organise your kitchen by hanging cookware and other kitchen necessities:

Install a magnetic knife strip above your countertops to keep them free of bulky knife racks.
Use small hooks to hang coffee mugs and measuring cups under cabinets and shelves or on the inside of cabinet doors.
Hang a pot and pan rack from the ceiling so you have easy access to cookware and don’t clutter your cabinets.
Invest in a wall-mounted kitchen storage rack that can be used to hold everything from spoons and whisks to sponges and dishwashing soap.

This is a great method if you’re organising a small kitchen, as hanging items can help you maximize every square inch of the room.

2. Organise your kitchen with shelves

It may seem obvious, but shelves can work wonders when it comes to kitchen organisation, they can open up the valuable cabinet and counter space. One means of organising your kitchen using shelves is to install them to hold frequently used items. For example, you could hang a shelf with olive oil, spices, and even cookbooks over your stove so they’re handy when you’re preparing meals.

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg in terms of shelving and kitchen organisation. What’s less obvious is where you can put, or even hide shelves. For example, you can add them to the inside of your cabinets as a quick way of increasing your storage space – which is especially helpful when organising a small kitchen. You can even purchase tiered shelves that make it easy to spot ingredients, eliminating the time-consuming emptying of cupboards to search for what you need.

3. Keep the kitchen tidy using containers

Never underestimate the tidying effect that containers and bins have when organising your kitchen. For starters, baking ingredients such as different flours and sugars can be poured into containers and stacked, freeing up precious space on your cabinets and counters. To take your kitchen organisation one step further you can label each container so you know what’s inside. Another great use for containers is to store items that tend to spill as a result of their original packaging, like dry beans, pasta and rice.

In addition, there are many different types of bins and containers that can be used to declutter your fridge, which can help keep it clean. These can be found online by searching for unique organisational finds from places like Amazon, or locally through a department store. You can expect to find numerous space-saving storage items including bins that dispense cans, thin water pitchers and organisers for your fridge.

4. Keep the kitchen tidy using containers

When organising a small kitchen, one thing that can really help is dividers. With that being said, they’re incredibly useful in any size kitchen.

How do they help? Well, picture the inside of your drawers. Aside from the silverware drawer, things are probably pretty chaotic in there. Measuring spoons tangled with whisks and mixer attachments. Silicone spatulas hiding under the cheese grater. Dividers can help keep all of these items separated. That way, when you open a drawer looking for something, you don’t have to rummage around to find it. It’ll be right there with similar items.

Vertical dividers can also be used to organise kitchen cabinets. They’re a great way to keep chopping boards, pan lids and baking sheets orderly.

If you’d like a little extra help with the cleaning and organisation of your home, don’t hesitate to get in touch with your nearest Merry Maids business to schedule a free quote from our of our teams of friendly cleaning professionals.  

Written by Tom Page, Digital Content Writer

Home organisation solutions: Unique Amazon finds

Unique de-cluttering solutions that you can have delivered to your front door.

Whichever way you slice it – clutter is not great for you. It’s unsightly, irritating, and has been proven to make it harder to focus. Not only that, but clutter can also have real and detrimental effects on your health, as proven by this study from Nicole R. Keith from the Indiana University in the United States that found that people who kept their homes clean were healthier and more active.

But keeping your home free of clutter is easier said than done and it can be hard to stay on top of it all on your own, especially in a busy home with kids and pets running around. At Merry Maids, we know that a little helping hand never goes amiss. That’s why we’ve put together a list of items that you can buy from Amazon UK to help you organise and de-clutter your home.  

1. Over-the-door pantry organiser

Is your pantry overcrowded with unused cereal boxes, expired pasta, bags, and spices galore? Maximise your pantry by utilising the space behind the door with this handy Smart Design over-the-door organiser. Retailing at £63.94, this handy tool can help minimise the amount of disorder in your pantry with fewer things stuck at the back or not in an easily accessible place.

2. Container lid organisers

An “out of sight, out of mind” approach is typical for Tupperware organisation (or lack thereof) in most homes. If you’re like us and are tired of looking at mountains of bowls and lids that don’t match, we recommend investing in a container lid organiser from YouCopia. For £52.05, this item will free up space and eliminate the threat of a container lid avalanche every time you open the cupboard!

3. Pot and lid rack

Speaking of necessary kitchenware disarray: your pots, pans, and lids are likely overdue for a significant organisation overhaul. Luckily, the cookware you use daily will be easily accessible and organised with this heavy-duty pan rack from CAXXA. For £55.42, you can make your cabinets much more manageable. And by maximising space with this vertical storage solution, you’ll also be protecting your delicate cookware long-term.

4. Cleaning supplies holder

If you’ve been looking for a way to organise your home and keep your essential cleaning supplies off the floor and out of the way, we’ve got just the home storage solution for you. For £44.17, Commandä Brand broom grippers are perfect for securing brooms, mops, dusters, and dustpans to the wall for easy access and ideal vertical storage.

5. Cereal containers

Parents, this home storage solution is for you! For cereal-loving parents tired of having to come behind children to close cereal boxes constantly, you’ll want to get your hands onsome plastic canister organisers from Chef’s Path. At £59.97, these airtight containers keep cereal and other snacks fresh for consumption. You can finally stop worrying if your next morning bowl of cereal will be ready to eat or for a bin bag.

6. Stackable water bottle holder

No matter what you use your water bottles for, with a stackable water bottle holder from MetroDécor for £65.64, your fitness and organisation goals don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Simply keep this home organisation product on your counter or conceal it in a cabinet or pantry and voila: no more water bottle clutter.

7. Carrier bag dispenser

Do you have that one piece of kitchen space that should be used for chopping boards and bakeware but instead houses months of plastic carrier bags? We get it. To recycle and protect the planet, you’ve accumulated a hefty collection of plastic bags that are now overflowing. Our home organisation remedy is the Simplehuman carrier bag dispenser. Costing just £13.95, and with a modern, stainless-steel face, you can mount this dispenser on your wall to get it out of the way but still have easy access to it.

8. Space-saving hanger

A sometimes time consuming but necessary job to do when organising is taking stock of the clothes in your wardrobe. But one sure-fire way to help streamline the process is to rid your wardrobe of unused items before you start organising. Not only that, but IEOKE’s space-saving hanger is a clever answer to the vertical storage problem. These hangers make multifunctional magic inside your wardrobe, allowing you to save up to 80% of your space.

9. Merry Maids

For a thorough cleaning and de-cluttering service straight to your door, find your nearest Merry Maids today to book a free quote for a one-off or regular cleaning service from our cleaning and organisation experts.

Written by Tom Page, Digital Content Writer