Are your children slowing down your simplifying progress? Here are some things that help me get my projects done with small children hanging about.
Don’t forget your priorities. Don’t get so absorbed in your project that you speak crossly with your children or ignore them when they need correction. (Believe me I am speaking to myself on this one.) These children are forever and you are their world.
When I am going to tackle a project the first thing I do is sit down and spend some special time with my younger children. Something simple like reading a book or playing a game. This fills up their little love tanks and they seem to be much happier and content to play independently.
When I’m ready to start my project the youngest child gets put into the ERGO and the toddler is given a task to help mommy. Usually running items here and there or fetching things for mom. If I’m cleaning then he gets a damp rag or perhaps even a spray bottle and cloth to help clean.
When he tires of helping mommy, I usually have some idea of activities or toys for him to play with. I also like to use a gate so that he can be in the room with me, but not be in the middle of the mess.
Take occasional short breaks to love on and tickle those babies. Play some fun music and stop working to dance through a song with them. It doesn’t have to be long. They just want to be part of your day, everyday.
Other posts in this series:
- The WHY and WHAT of simplifying
- Simplifying with little ones **You are here**
- Maximizing small space – Project: Master Bath
- The HOW of simplifying – Project: Art closet
- Project: Laundry area
- Encouragement in decluttering we all fail – Project: Master bedroom
- Simplifying tips for the kitchen and discretionary areas