Like most kitchens, my kitchen gets a lot of traffic and is one of the most popular places to be in our home. With 3 kids, including a toddler, it gets messy and cluttered in an instant. As you might guess, I’m not on top of it as I should be, and either are the kids. We’re working on it!
When I think of the “classic” way to clean up and sweep a really messy floor, I think of these steps:
1. Go around and pick up all of the clutter on the floor, putting everything away in its proper place. Throw away/recycle larger pieces of trash.
This is what I used to try to do. Sort of. Every now and then-ish. Not often enough. The going around picking up things and putting them away part is really overwhelming when there is so. much. stuff. all over the floor. Seriously.
But it does need to happen. Because the little crumbs, food and dirt need to go. Those things actually bother me more than the bigger clutter.
So one day, when I was somewhat frustrated with the situation and I really wanted to sweep the floor, I switched the steps. I just started sweeping. I swept up everything into a big pile. A really big pile. In some weird way, I felt empowered.
I remember that one of the things on the kitchen floor that day was a ride-on toy. I swept it into the pile, too. And I liked it.
The floor was cleaned up really quick, except for the one big pile, which I then sorted and dealt with. It’s been about a year that I’ve been doing it this way, and you know what? It works for me. For now, anyway. Of course the goal is not to have everything all over the floor to begin with. We are getting there, and I think my sweep piles are getting smaller!
Here are the steps I use for cleaning my messy, cluttered floors:
1. Sweep up everything on the floor that is not in its proper place. IF there are wet/sticky things, like banana, pick those up separately. Sticky-wet-messy things do not work well in this method. Trust me on this one.
This is my sweep pile. A nice big one. See? I got the ride-on toy in this one, too!
2. Sort. Put the toys together (or have your children come and “rescue” them from the pile), the books together, the kitchen stuff together, etc. Toss or recycle the bigger trash.
Trash, toys, laundry
Little bits to sweep, books, kitchen items
3. Sweep up the little bits.
4. Put everything else in its proper place (I’m thinking maybe if I use the phrase “”proper place” enough, it will sink in and become second nature to me.)
So if you ever find yourself overwhelmed with a messy cluttered floor that needs cleaning up/sweeping, shake things up a bit and try this method.
I’m linking up for Works for Me Wednesday over at We are THAT Family.