Every evening, it seems like the house is cluttered. Jackets thrown on the floor, shoes kicked off under the table, random baby doll clothes in the hall, matchbox cars in the living room. You know what I mean. We try to teach our children to pick up after themselves, but lets face it. They are kids. Things are going to get left out despite reminding them to put away what they take out.
We have found a solution that works pretty well for our family. After dinner, when the kids are full of energy, I’ll call out “Everyone hurry and pick up 10 things off the floor and put them where they belong!”. I raise or lower that number based on the current state of chaos in the house. The kids scramble and rush to find their number of things before their siblings and even mom and dad join in the fun! Then I survey the house and call out another number if more tidying is needed.
We have found that rarely does this quick tidying up take longer than a minute or two! Plus this makes it a fun game! The tidy game especially comes in handy with a big family! Many hands make light work!
How do you tidy your house in the evenings?