Cleaning the home can actually be a fun thing to do. And it can be relaxing. Not only is cleaning therapeutic, a clean and organised home gives a sense of calm, peace and happiness. People used to say “but when you have kids, the home will always be messy” “messy home is a sign of happy childhood” well not necessarily the kind of childhood I want to give my kids.
Yes in a more realistic sense, our homes, especially when there are growing kids in it, cannot be looking like a show room, looking all spotlessly clean every day. However having few things to begin with, not accumulating more things and constantly decluttering as you go around the house can help achieve an acceptable level of cleanliness. ‘Acceptable level’ of cleanliness is when you don’t have to keep apologising to visitors coming in, to ‘Please pardon the mess’ every single time.
Cleaning the home does not have to cost a fortune. A simple water and white vinegar could be all you need to spray your house before cleaning. Add a little warm soapy water or add baking soda for tougher stains. Not only are they natural, organic and environmentally friendly, it helps to have less chemicals around the children.
When our children were younger, they had serious eczema – a skin condition very common in the UK (there are speculations that the cold weather and constant use of the radiator has something to do with it) but we’ve been told be the doctors that it is more of a severe dryness of the skin. Since learning more about it, we regularly try to eat real food (less processed food) use the moisturiser the GP prescribed and we have gotten ride of cleaning products with harsh chemicals from our home. The kids don’t have any symptoms anymore, BUT, that could also be because of several factors but we are hopeful it’s the combinations of the above. (Full disclosure: We are no medical experts)
For scents, there are essential oils you can add to your cleaning spray to give your home that lovely citrus or lavender smell. So, rather than creating a memory of unclean messy home for the children (not to be confused for messy plays – we love messy plays), why not try creating a memory of a particular smell. Let them ‘Whenever I smelled cinnamon, it reminds me of my childhood’ ~ happy smiling face ~