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15 Minute 'Tidy' for a Kids Room

What a site, you walk into the room and it is wall to wall toys, clothes on the bed, carpets and furniture and the bed isn't even made and it is 4:00 in the afternoon! That's how my daughter felt after a hard day at work!
It was an never ending battle, her against the clutter and I really think the clutter was winning!
Is yours like this too; Don't feel bad, this happens in more homes than just yours. We all run out of time in the morning, with having to get the kids ready for school, ourselves ready for appointments, work or whatever and we have to feed everyone too, it seems hopeless.
That is where the 15 minute tidy, comes in handy. Our home isn't dirty, it is just untidy and cluttered. Once you put this into action, your freiends and family will wonder if yous tay up all night cleaning your house, because it will be clean, smell fresh andyou will be in control.
 So, use the 15 minute' Kids Room tidy',
  1. Put everything that belongs in other rooms in a basket
  2. Throw all of the dirty wash in the laundry basket
  3. Hang anything that is clean, but lying around
  4. Throw all of the garbage in the garbage can
  5. Put all of the toys in the toy box or on the shelves. Don't be too fussy here, you aren't doing a 'clean, only a 'tidy'.
  6. Straighten the sheets and throw the coverlet or comforter over the bed and pillows.
  7. Wipe over the furniture using a throw away furniture wipe
  8. Use your sweeper to go over the carpeting or floor and pick up all of the crumbs.
  9. Spray the comforter, curtains  and carpeting with fabric freshener
You have just done a 'tidy' and the kids room looks great. Now, teach the kids your new game of '15 Minute Tidy'.  Write down the steps for them to follow, set the kitchen timer for 15 minutes and have them Beat the Clock!

posted on: 2/8/2008 10:00:00 AM by Jan Hayner
category: Homes

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Take The Stress Out Of Housecleaning

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Jan Hayner is a Professional Organizer and the creator of www.organizingandcleaning.com filled with tips and hints on home organizing and house cleaning shortcuts. After years and years of making mistakes and wasting money she has used her own experiences to help take the stress out of life. There are so many shortcuts to cleaning and organizing, that when you apply them, you will have time for the fun things in life!

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