New parents? Do this to keep your home tidy & organised.

Luckily, living in the Adelaide Hills, we’re blessed with more space. Whether it’s more square footage, bigger backyards or access to larger, nearby parks, it’s not hard to see why people choose to raise children in the Adelaide Hills.

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26-Sep-2019

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Amanda Smith

New parents? Do this to keep your home tidy & organised.

Luckily, living in the Adelaide Hills, we’re blessed with more space. Whether it’s more square footage, bigger backyards or access to larger, nearby parks, it’s not hard to see why people choose to raise children in the Adelaide Hills.

But even with the space, laid back lifestyle and the community green spaces, the struggle to keep your floors toy-free is real! Somehow, they ‘magically’ populate just about every room in the house, giving you that cluttered, always unorganised feeling.

5 tips to simplify your home with kids

It is possible to follow a minimalist lifestyle even with kids. The key is having systems in place. Implement these easy tips for less Lego-causing chaos, more loving cuddles.

1. Identify what’s important

For this one, you might need your little ones to help you. As they play with specific items, ask what they like about it. Pay attention to what the kids are actually using. You’ll probably have a harder time saying goodbye to ‘his first toy’ or ‘her first blanket’ but if they don’t use it, give it to a new home.

2. Contain the toys

Set a household rule that toys are only allowed in the play area and their individual rooms. This will help leave the living area, kitchen and bathrooms clean, minimal, and accident-free.

3. Take play time outdoors

Fence off a little area outside for the kids to run around and enjoy nature’s playground. You don’t need to worry about mess and if you keep the screen door shut, maybe you can clean while they play.

4. Prep time

Allocate 20-30 minutes of prep time in the morning and evening, where you prepare the kids’ lunches, clothes, backpacks (and yours). It saves you rushing out the door 30 seconds before and forgetting something.

5. Make your schedule visible

Having your weekly calendar of events, meals and appointments visible can help your family stay organised (and your children, independent).

But maybe, the problem is the house?

While these are useful tips to implement in the home, disorganisation isn’t always the issue. It’s important to recognise when you’ve outgrown a house.

Did you move into the property before you had kids?

Has your family grown bigger than the house?

Thinking of buying or renting in another area of the Adelaide Hills?

Talk to our family of real estate agents on 8391 5004 or fill in your details in this contact form. We’ll sit down with you and discuss your options.

Remember, whether you’re renting or buying a new property in Mount Barker, Littlehampton, Nairne or Strathalbyn, think ahead and explore both your current and future needs.

It’ll save a LOT of unnecessary tantrums.