Sunday, March 5, 2017
5 Tips to Prevent Your Children from Making Messes
I think that we have all felt like our children were tornadoes at one time or another. They have a gift for making messes for us to clean up. In today's post, I'll share 5 tips to help prevent your children from making messes.
1. Create a "one toy at a time" rule.
We have a rule at our house where our boys are allowed to play with one set of toys at a time. If they want to switch activities, they need to put away the current toys that are out before bringing out new toys.
2. Organize toys into special bins.
We had an occupational therapist visit our home a while back and she gave us advice to purchase bins to store toys based on themes. This helps them to find their toys quickly and also helps with cleanup.
3. Serve healthy snacks that are easy to clean up.
This tip is particularly important for when we send our little ones to school, activities, or on trips. We love Slammers pouches because they offer healthy options that our children love to eat and aren't messy. They have delicious varieties that are made with organic fruits and vegetables. They are portable and easy to serve frozen, cold, or at room temperature. I love that my boys are happy and that they don't make a mess. My older son is very active, so the two flavors that are packed with 7 grams of protein are perfect for him. As for my younger son, these snacks are a great way to introduce him to different foods, such as mangos, yumberries, kiwis, and pomegranates. These are a staple at our house for healthy and low-mess snacking.
4. Photograph and then toss art projects.
My older son generates a tremendous amount of artwork. It would take a lot of space to store his beautiful creations. Instead, we take photos and store the artwork digitally. This approach also allows us to share his artwork with family. He is proud of his artwork and loves the feedback that he receives from family members who are able to log on and see his portfolio. Plus, this helps to keep our home clean.
5. Organize 3, 5, or 10 minute cleaning sprees.
Depending on your child's age, sing the "clean up song" and have everyone clean whatever they want for a prescribed time period. We started with 3 minutes as a toddler and continued to increase the amount of time. My 6 year old now joins us for 10 minute cleaning sprees. It's a fun and energetic way to keep the house clean.
The snacks that we featured in this post are from Slammers Snacks. Click here for a store locator.