Keeping a living room neat and tidy can be a challenge if you have kids, especially toddlers.
For the most part, my living room and kitchen are kept very clean throughout the day. They may get messy a bit but I always clean as I go. And storage such as baskets, totes and etc have become a necessity for a clean house in general.
Although we have a playroom upstairs, we mostly remain downstairs. I allow my 2 year-old to have a few toys downstairs and the rest are in a bigger basket upstairs. The more toys he brings downstairs the more mess he will make so I let him have whatever will fit in the basket, plus his Legos bag.
My toddler has gotten to the stage where he understands when I tell him to “pick up” his toys and put them in the basket. I got this basket on sale from HomeGoods for $7.
So, I no longer have to pick up after him. Even when he makes a mess, if I ask him to clean up, he will do it. Sometimes I may have to say it several times, but eventually he picks up everything and puts them either in the basket or if it’s trash and he’s unsure , he’ll ask me what to do and I will tell him to put it in the kitchen trash.
For my infant, I store all of his diapers, wipes, change of clothes, bibs, Vaseline or whatever else I will need for the day, in a storage basket I got from HomeGoods for $24.
It is stylish and goes with my living room Décor. I also put stuff in there for my toddler. This saves me from taking many back and forth trips upstairs . Every night, I take out the dirty clothes and put them in the laundry room on my way up. When we come downstairs the next morning, I fill it back up with clean clothes and more diapers.
So there you have it! This is how I keep my living room clean and looking like a model home. Haha.
I hope this is helpful. Please share and comment below your tips on how you stay organized! Thanks for reading!