WITH small children running around, it is not easy to keep your house in good condition.
Parents often feel that they have to constantly watch their child, so other tasks, such as cleaning the house, are put on the back burner.
Sherry Meadows has become popular on her TikTok account, @sherrymmmontessorish, thanks to her videos offering advice to parents struggling to stay organized.
She bases her approach on the Montessori method of teaching.
Speaking to The Sun, Sherry revealed five tips for keeping your home running smoothly with kids around.
Sherry’s first advice was to create special “Yes Spaces” around your home.
These are areas where your child can roam freely without your supervision as there is nothing dangerous around.
“Rooms where you don’t have anything that will be tempting or overwhelming to them,” she explained.
In her house, the only rooms off-limits to her young son are her bedroom and guest room.
“I’m preparing the rest of the house so he can be alone and safe. It is all child safe.
“I don’t have any decorations he’ll damage.
“Something like that is either high and unattainable, or I don’t have it.”
She chooses beautiful wooden toys for her son so that she can leave it without pain in the eye.
“Building such an environment allows you to relax, do your own thing, clean the house, while your child plays.”
LEARN THEM TO PLAY
The next advice from the expert was to teach your child to play independently.
“If you expose the child to a play area, you should take some time, at least 15 minutes, to sit with them and play with them.
“Show them the skill of the toy or how to play with the toy for a while, then let them explore it.”
Once you notice that your child is using the toy alone, slowly and continuously remove yourself from the situation until they get used to playing alone.
“Then they don’t need you so much anymore.”
DISTRIBUTE THE CLEANINGS
Now that your child has learned to play alone, it’s time to tackle the pending chores around the house.
As for your cleanups, Sherry said you should divide them into two categories: large jobs and micro jobs.
“A big job for me would be vacuuming, mopping, cleaning the bathroom, cleaning the fridge, the stove, the microwave, cleaning the car.
“And the micro-tasks are the things I do every day to tidy up the house. Make the beds, do the laundry, furnish the living and dining rooms, wipe the counters, dishes.”
Sherry strives to do one big clean or big project a day, and several microtasks a day so it doesn’t feel overwhelming.
“For example: on Mondays I dust and vacuum; Tuesday I mop; Wednesday I clean the bathrooms; Thursday I change all the sheets; and on Friday I sort the mail. Those are some of my big projects.”
HAVE A SCHEDULE
To keep her days organized, Sherry said she follows a strict schedule.
“If you have a schedule, you know that everything will be ready in the week. And you also have time to relax, to enjoy motherhood, to work, to go to the gym, to go out with your family.”
She uses Passionate Penny Pincher’s Home Planner, which costs $54, to stay on track.
“I leave to do my shopping peacefully, knowing that when I return everything will be done.”
Along the same lines as her schedule, Sherry also keeps a checklist.
“Since becoming a mother, there are so many things in my head that it’s hard to remember what to buy for the house. Diapers, groceries, that sort of thing.
“So, in addition to my major cleaning tasks and micro-cleaning tasks, I have a checklist for the day. Other things I have to do.”
Following this list will not overwhelm her.
As a bonus tip, Sherry said planning meals on Sundays helped her stay organized.
“That way I don’t have to worry about dinners or lunches during the week.”