Clothing, kitchens, & shelf space (a different kind of spring cleaning)

In this final post on our “different kind of spring cleaning” series, I thought it’d be good to wrap it up with a bit of wisdom regarding more conventional life stuff. Even though I’m learning about life from living out of a backpack and confidence in doing us, there’s plenty of application for me for life back on the homestead as well.

So far, we’ve talked about minimalist beauty and health routines, minimalist kids’ playthings, a minimalist aesthetic that leads to simple upkeep, and a minimalist approach to saying no to all but the best. Now? Let’s talk about the nuts and bolts of daily life.

Here are a few of my favorite tricks to keep things saner. Nothing is rocket science here, but sometimes it’s good to get a basic reminder that the best ideas are often the simplest.

Clothing

1. Kids need very few clothes. I knew this before our travels, but boy has this hit home with me, as our three kids have been fine with literally four shirts, two pair of pants, and two pair of shorts all year long. Resist the urge to buy lots of shirts just because they’re cheap—if they don’t need them in that size, it’s still clutter and an added expense, no matter how inexpensive they are.

2. Do only wrinkle-free cotton with kids. I just don’t think fancypants fabric is worth the hassle.

3. Keep kids’ clothes in buckets or small drawers—I find that big, deep drawers begets too many clothes that get buried and forgotten about. If you’ve got deep drawers, use simple dividers (I like these) for each category of clothing and keep pants separate from shirts, and then use fewer drawers for clothes. This way, you don’t accidentally fill a pants drawer with 27 pairs of size 5 jeans, and you’ve got empty drawers for other things like toys and drawing supplies.

clothes-before

4. Don’t worry about perfectly-cornered laundry folding, especially for the kids’ clothes. Sometimes I’m even cool with just tossing a wad of shirts in a bucket, since they’re all jersey cotton and they’ll end up that way by the boy as soon as he pulls out his favorite. (Sure, I think it’s important to teach them to fold clothes, but it’s not a big deal all the time.)

5. If you’ve got kids of a similar size, just buy a bag of socks they can share (the size range is really wide for most socks). I have two close in age, and once I stopped buying socks in two separate sizes, sorting got a ton easier—they all went in the same bucket, newly-labeled, simply, “socks.”

6. Teach kids laundry skills young, then have them be in charge of their own clothing as soon as possible. Our oldest started doing her own laundry around age 8, and it made my life much easier. She does a load about once a week, and she only has to run out of underwear once before she remembers to make it part of her routine. (Bonus: they leave the house thinking laundry is just a part of life. Because it is.)

7. Once they’re in charge of their own, provide their own laundry spot (so, one basket in each bedroom). When dirty laundry is on the floor, there’s only one place it belongs—in their basket. Then once it’s full, they know it’s time to do a load.

8. Or if your people aren’t yet capable of doing their own laundry, provide literally one spot in the house for laundry—somewhere universal, like a laundry room or a master basket in a public space in the house. All dirty clothes go there, every time.

9. I prefer doing one load of laundry at a time, max, over designating one giant Laundry Day and trying to conquer Mt. Wash-ington. Intentionally only do one load per day, for example, and fully do that load in all its steps, from loading in the washer to putting away in closets. This is what they share in this video series, and I agree with them.

10. When clothes are out of season, store them in an easy-to-reach spot, such as that shelf at the top of the closet. Use smaller reusable boxes and label them by size and season—when the weather comes, all you have to do is grab that box for each kids’ size, instead of wading through a giant Winter or Summer Box.

11. You know what? Adults need very few clothes, too. We’ll talk about minimalist, capsule wardrobes soon, but in the meantime, let’s just say I’ve surprised myself with how content I’ve been this year with little more than a few shirts and bottoms myself. I’ve traded them out with new purchases every now and then, but it hasn’t been often. More on this soon.

laundry clothesline

12. If you’re up for the task, line dry your clothes when the weather allows. This might seem more complicated than simple, but it helps minimize your wardrobe because you tangibly process each item of clothing (and therefore question its necessity). Many Americans balk at the idea, but the majority of the world line-dries as the norm. It’s one of my favorite chores, actually. I know a lot of neighborhoods in the States don’t allow it, but I think lines of laundry are gorgeous.

Dishes and kitchen gadgets

13. Keep out only the amount of dishes for the exact number of people in your household. So, six people equal six bowls, six plates, six spoons, etc. Store the rest somewhere nearby, for company or when you just need a few more (I kept the rest above the fridge in our house). You’ll be surprised how much less you’ll wash the dishes—a quick hand wash after each meal, and done.

dirty dishes

14. Start the dishwasher at the end of the day, right before you head to bed. Unless you have a really large family, you shouldn’t need to run it more often on an average day (especially if you do number 13). Then empty it first thing in the morning, while you wait for the coffee to brew. You’ll start each day with an empty dishwasher.

15. Speaking of coffee, I’m a fan of a simple French press or Aeropress, and really don’t see the need for anything more. We’ve used nothing but a French press for years now, and in all the guesthouses we’ve stayed at this past year, I find it humorous when various gadgets make coffee so much more complicated than it needs to be. (Those individual cup-pod-coffee thingies are virtually nonexistent outside the U.S., if you’re curious.)

16. You don’t need lots of gadgets, especially if they do only one thing (the exception, for me, is our beloved ice cream maker—and even still, you can make ice cream in other ways). I’m a fan of a good mixer, a slow cooker, a food processor, a heavy-bottomed Dutch oven, a few pots and pans (not many, though), just a few really sharp knives, and a couple spatulas and wooden spoons. Everything else, to me, is extra, and even without these things I can improvise. I’ve come to learn this after cooking in over 20 kitchens this year.

Paperwork and other shelf storage

17. Paper clutter ads up, even when traveling. There are very few things that need saving—for those, use a simple storage file box (I like this one), or at most, a small file cabinet (you can often find those at thrift stores). Everything else can be scanned and stored on a hard drive or cloud (like Dropbox). To scan, we just photograph or use an app with our smartphones.

desk files

18. Unless you reference a book again and again, or it’s a kids classic, question whether you need a permanent copy (a simple test: Would you save it to pass down to your grandkids?). I prefer paper books over digital, but using mostly Kindles this year has taught me how to better streamline books when we return. I love books as much as anybody, but access to our public library’s digital collection has confirmed for me that I really don’t need to personally own many books. And when I do, that means I really love them.

19. Start the process, if you haven’t yet, of digitizing media like music and movies. Buy mp3 versions of music, or buy a monthly streaming service, and buy digital versions of movies. We no longer have any reason to buy a physical copy of a movie, and I look forward to eventually replacing all our DVDs since we just download movies on our Apple TV now (a minimalist can dream). Then use a service like Netflix or Hulu to stream TV shows.

20. Consider e-books and digital resources. Our ten-year-old got a beginning knitter’s digital course this year for her birthday, and she loves it (it’s on Craftsy). And even though I do prefer paper books (see number 18), some of my favorite books are e-books—Teaching from Rest by Sarah Mackenzie is a recent favorite of mine. Before you buy a hard copy of anything, ask whether a digital version would work just as well for you. Massive space saver.

20 simple tips for a minimalist approach to clothes, dishes, and paper

Speaking of—the annual Ultimate Homemaking Bundle sale started today, and the 2015 second edition of my e-book, One Bite at a Time, is included this year. If you’ve got spring cleaning on the brain, like I do, you might really find value in this resource.

I know what you might be thinking—how is buying 18 thousand e-books simplifying my life? I get it. But in my experience, these bundles have actually been valuable, especially since I’ve found a simple way to store them in Dropbox.

(Read why I like e-book bundles, and how I store them digitally.)

If you’d like to learn more about what’s included in this year’s bundle, head here.

I’ve skimmed through a lot, and my favorites so far are Supercharged Food for Kids, Project Organize Your Entire Life, and How She Does It. These three would normally cost me $38, but the bundle itself is only just under $30 with an actual value of $1,290. Oh, and I LOVE the bonuses this year—I got myself this scarf, I’ve already signed up for this Craftsy class, and I’m psyched to try out Green Kids Crafts for my 7-year-old when we return.

Anyway, these 20 tips have been solidified for me this year as tried-and-true, universal, no-matter-where-I-am home managing truths. I’m itching to head home soon and get back to a daily routine, but in the meantime, I know they’re as true for me here in this German guesthouse as they are in my little Pacific Northwest home.

What are your favorite tricks for keeping a minimalist approach to clothing, kitchen, and shelf space?

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50 Comments

  1. Katy

    As always, great tips! Would you mind telling me which Craftsy class knitting class your daughter is taking? We have a daughter about the same age and she has been asking for lessons.

    • Tsh Oxenreider

      Sure thing! It’s this one.

  2. Kaelin

    You raise several great points- but do not EVER run your dishwasher after everyone goes to bed.

    I recently decided ‘just this once’ to run my dishwasher after lunch. The electrical failed, so I had flooding and smoke, and I’m extremely lucky I only lost my dishwasher, and I didn’t lose my kitchen, let alone my house.

    It’s a HUGE risk to run them after everyone goes to bed. My new dishwasher is only 50 decibels, so I load it immediately after dinner, and run it right away while we have family time. Ninety minutes later, it’s done, and I head to bed.

    Please, please, please, tell your readers to not run their dishwashers overnight.

    • Tsh Oxenreider

      Hmm… I hear you, and I can understand why you’d be nervous to not run yours overnight. Others might feel the same way as well, and more power to them. 🙂

      My thing, though, is that this can be our approach to every part of life—there’s risk to everything. In my almost 40 years of life, the scary thing that happened to your dishwasher has never happened to me. I know; once it’s happened to know stats don’t matter, I get it. But at some point, we have to decide that risks are just part of life.

      So I appreciate your comment here, so that if others feel cautious, they can err on the side of caution. Absolutely. But I also feel like, for the most part, running a dishwasher is fairly safe.

      Thanks for reading, Kaelin!

      • Janel

        Great post! My partner, kids and I are leaving in 10 weeks for an international move. I’ll be applying many of these ideas as we downsize, simplify, and pack, so thank you!

        About the dishwasher–I always used to run the dishwasher overnight BUT I found that it cramped the morning routine–people needed to pack lunches & eat breakfast. So I started running it after loading the breakfast dishes, instead. Then when I get home in the late afternoon, one of the kids unloads it while I start dinner. It seems to work much better that way for our family.

        • Tsh Oxenreider

          Sounds good, Janel! Another alternative idea there.

          • Maggie

            I think this is so funny because I’m the opposite and, I guess like Tsh, I have to run it at night! It’s like I’m closing the door on the day. Goodnight, I’m washing you off and we will all start fresh again tomorrow morning. I generally unload while the kids are eating their breakfast. It’s like a habit now and if for some reason I wake up and realize we forgot to start the dishwasher I’m all sorts of frazzled.

  3. Kimberley Mulla

    I love these tips! This past year I have down-sized my wardrobe and my children’s clothes too. It has saved us so much money, but more importantly, it has saved time. I have realized how much time is saved with less stuff to tidy and wash and sort. Thanks for the excellent reminders.

  4. priest's wife @byzcathwife

    As much as I love cotton- I find that a little poly blend helps the kids look put together- we homeschool but the little ones (8 and 5) wear uniform bottoms every day (the navy blue poly ones)- they can chose a top and they look good! (imho)

    • Jennifer

      I am so glad to know that I am not the only homeschooler who has her kids wear uniform separates! We have been very happy with the quality and durability of school-uniform clothing.

      • Tsh Oxenreider

        I’ve honestly never thought of that! Some days my kids make big strides by changing out of their jammies. 😉

  5. Chelsey

    Thanks for the always inspiring tips…they never get old! And I agree… clothes hung on the line are a beautiful thing!

    • Jo

      I live in Australia where it’s a bit naughty to use a clothes dryer – most line dry or use clothes airers over their heating vents in the spare room or some such. But I’ve found hanging out laundry outside while my 1 and 2 year old boys potter round the garden to be good for my mental health – so much. Sometimes we end up spending an hour or more out there just because the kids are happy and I see a little job that needs weeding/raking/digging. It’s part of trying to fit less in each day so that you can enjoy the sunshine. Not always achievable but one of those nice things that grounds me to the seasons. When it’s sunny – rush outside with load and enjoy the smell of air, sunshine and clean clothes!

  6. CassM

    I agree … kids need and want very few clothes! They – and you – always gravitate to the usuals anyways so it’s only frustrating to have a bunch of other unnecessary piles in their drawers.

    My FAVOURITE time of the day – every day! – is when I put the dishwasher on right after supper. It feels as though the chaos of the day is tucked neatly in … and most likely, the chaos of the day IS tucked neatly in, ha! I’ve found though that I empty it as soon as it’s done, just after the kids go to bed at 7pm, so that we always wake up to an empty dishwasher. For my morning sanity and for that moment of victory each and every morning when it’s already done!!! Simple pleasures and simply tricks! 🙂

    • CassM

      ‘simple tricks’ … argh

    • Tsh Oxenreider

      I love that, Cass.

  7. Angela @ Setting My Intention

    The kids laundry is what got me started with serious decluttering the past several months. I’m implementing and blogging about many of these great tip. Thanks!

  8. alison

    I think I need to try minimizing our dishes. I found that I really enjoy when I wash the dishes by hand (not the actual washing, but I enjoy that our dishes are always clean) but I need to be in the super on top of it mode to keep up on the dishwashing. Perhaps if we had fewer dishes this would be more manageable.

    And when you are only doing one load of laundry a day, are you doing only one person’s laundry? Or maybe one room’s laundry? A big pet peeve of mine is having to go from room to room putting away one item of laundry in each. I suppose I could just get over that since it is not helpful to let the laundry stack up either…

    • Katelyn

      I imagine 1 load of laundry a day to be something like: a load of towels, sheets (each bed could be a different day), a combined load of everyone’s jeans/shorts, darks, lights, delicates/nice workwear. As you wash throughout the week, you’ll eventually hit all the categories and start all over again.

      • Tsh Oxenreider

        Exactly what Katelyn said – it’s not just clothes, it’s sheets and towels, too. Combine that with 5 people, and it’s more or less about 4-5 loads a week. Sometimes less (we’re big on re-wearing around here).

        • Jillian

          Laundry is one area I’m organised in. I think once my children had school uniforms & we had to wash them twice a week as I only bought 3 each. So coloured clothes (including uniforms) are washed Wed & Sat, white load Mon (which includes a set of light coloured sheets), Tues is towels with socks & underwear, Fri is my kids sheets with socks & underwear.
          Also we live in Queensland, Australia and line drying is the norm. Many people do own dryers and use them. We don’t even own a dryer (even when we did I probably used it once a year at most). We are fortunate to have a two storey house with room for a clothes lines in the laundry/garage, so even if it is rainy I can still do my load of washing for the day and hang it under the house. Certain things like white business shirts, anything with lycra and uniforms always go under the house (to help them last and not fade or deteriorate from the sun).

        • Anitra

          I would love to know how you manage to get kids to re-wear clothes. My first-grader gets marker or paint or food on her clothes constantly. She wears a school uniform, and I stopped having her change into play clothes because she comes home from school with clothes already dirty! My preschooler always complains that his clothes “stink” at the end of the day. The two of them combined make enough dirty clothes to need to do a full load every 4 days!

          And then they complain that all those clean clothes have to be put away again. I am at my wits’ end – they can’t seem to see that if they took better care of their clothing, it would get washed less, and then they’d have less to put away.

  9. Shari

    I have 2 kids (10 & 13) who are more than capable of doing their own laundry. One of the reasons I haven’t had them doing their own laundry is I think it would lead to too many super small loads which doesn’t seem very energy effecient to me. I usually do all the laundry (and still sort it to some degree) so that I can wash larger loads at a time. For those who have children doing their own laundry, do they wash everything together (ie white socks, blue jeans, shirts, etc)? Or sort, but have really small loads?

    Great tips! Thank you!

    • Katelyn

      When we were younger, my siblings and I washed our own clothes. My brothers liked to throw everything they individually owned in together as one big load. I preferred to sort my things into small separate loads to combine with my sister and parents. Those of us that combined typically pitched in together on a weekend. Or if it was during the week I would sort out what was appropriate from others’ laundry hampers or just ask them if they had anything to row in with mine.

      • Tsh Oxenreider

        We don’t sort at all and haven’t in years. If I’m worried about anything, I’ll toss in a third cup or so of white vinegar (and I do a cold water setting).

    • Melissa

      I have four kids, and instead of them doing their own laundry, I have them each take a turn doing everyone’s laundry ( or part of it, my kids are 3,6,9 and 11). Everyone must put their laundry in the “drop off spot” each week it is someone’s turn to take it to the laundry room and sort it. I keep the sorting simple, and our laundry hampers match the colors that are supposed to go in them: a white, a darks and a pinks ( lots of pink girly clothes here..). Sheets or towels simply go into the color they are. My oldest can put laundry in the wash, my 6 yr old helps hang it on the line. Putting away is everyone’s job. Oldest boy puts away all the boys clothes, oldest girl the girls. Youngest two carry clothes to my room which I put away later, and things like kitchen towels. By rotating these jobs, everyone learns the various parts of laundry.
      When I do chores, it’s rarely just for me. I don’t cook only my own meals or wash only my own dishes for example so I like that my kids are learning to help with everyone’s laundry. I have found that having kids participate in laundry also motivates them to be sure something actually needs a wash. All of a sudden it doesn’t seem easier to throw the shirt they wore for one second to try on but decided it didn’t match into the wash instead of back on the hangar 😉

      • Melissa

        Lol, I should clarify… One kid has the chore of sorting laundry for a whole week, doing it every day, not once a week… Lol!!

  10. Hannah

    It’s so refreshing to find another voice advocating for this level of simplicity! We downsized for the first time when we moved to France for a work assignment with two kids 9 years ago. We did 5 tops and five bottoms for each person. It was perfect.
    Back in the US, it made life as a homemaker so much easier too. We stuck with our small wardrobes, had a minimal number of dishes and gadgets, and
    regularly purged our book collection.
    Last year we moved to Italy as missionaries, this time with five kids. We stuck to the same formula, and again it worked great. We ended up traveling way more than we expected and moved 20 times over seven months, so we were very thankful we could travel light!

    • Tsh Oxenreider

      Nice! Sounds refreshing, Hannah.

  11. Brittany Bergman

    Great tips, as always! I think you described the exact contents of my kitchen. My husband and I resisted the urge to register for all the extra gadgets and place settings and whatnot when we got married, and I’m so glad we did. I need to work on organizing my papers — the mail pile is the most cluttered part of my house!

    • Tsh Oxenreider

      Paper has always been my arch nemesis… I detest that sort of clutter.

  12. Sunny

    Last summer I decided to try to an experiment, taking a cue from something I read on Becoming Minimalist, and see if washing all my dishes by hand (instead of using my dishwasher) would actually lead to greater simplicity. This method has required that I more diligently wash dishes as I go, but to my surprise it has worked! I haven’t run my dishwasher in over 9 months and I find that it’s easier to stay on top of the kitchen tidiness this way. Your idea of having fewer dishes and gadgets is really essential in this case though for sure.
    Similarly, I’ve been doing the one-load-per-day laundry method for you describe for over a year and have had the same fantastic results.
    Thanks for the additional tips. Been working on paring down our wardrobes for the last several months. You are so right- not much we really need in that department either.

    • Tsh Oxenreider

      Yes! Joshua’s idea is similar to line-drying your clothes as well… When you “process” your things more, you re-think whether you need to use it in the first place. The only thing I don’t love about lots of hand washing is that it actually uses more water than an efficient dishwasher.

  13. Rachael

    Tsh, how do you take notes when you read (particularly reading books)? I love reading and get lots of ideas. I can’t write out or underline everything I like though, because of how time consuming it would be. I just can’t work out a simple way to remember/ refer back to parts I like. Any ideas?

    • Rachael

      Reading #18 was what made me think to ask you…

  14. Esther

    Such great tips! We moved overseas last year and so many of your tips resonate whole heartedly! We line dry our clothes and do laundry almost daily. As a result, I’ve discovered just how few clothes we actually need. I rotate through the same few items as well as the kids. Just today I went to the local consignment shop and picked up a few new tops for my daughter as she has outgrown her existing ones. I know that we’ll swap out the tops and not increase her wardrobe. She’ll be happy and it won’t impact the amount of laundry. Even my husband’s work clothes rotate through 5 tops and 5 bottoms with a couple of tee shirts and bottoms for weekends. We don’t have a dishwasher here and only have enough dishes for the 5 of us. I wash dishes after each meal and it keeps things simple and tidy. I do hope to hang onto what I’ve learned when we move back to the States next year and keep with the minimal approach to things as I really enjoy it.

    • Tsh Oxenreider

      Nice! It’s amazing how much simpler daily life can be if we purposely limit ourselves, eh?

  15. Lisa Pedersen

    omg so many great tips! we line dry…all the old ladies in our area think we’re adorable. i just hate running the dryer! lol i cut way back on laundry and only do it once on the weekend. (we have monster appliances…so one load almost does it all)
    we also cut back so much on garbage…we only put it out once a month! that makes me so proud. i love creating a meal and the only waste generated is for the compost pile! 🙂

  16. Greer Oharah

    Wow, these are super helpful tips! Thanks for sharing. We are prepping for a move to an apartment a quarter the size of our current home so I’m excited for advice like this. (Also – I think hanging laundry is beautiful as well. I’m glad it’s spring and I can start hanging it out again!)

  17. Amy

    What’s the updated in content in your book? I have the original version- should I update?

  18. Sharon Holbrook

    Good food for thought! We have a laundry chute, so I finally figured out I could cut out the hamper middleman and have the kids send everything directly to the basement. (I still have to nag, heaven help me, but at least I don’t have to nag x2 – one for the hamper, and two for emptying the hamper down the chute)

  19. Jennifer

    Reading this blog is like a breath of fresh air. We live quite simply out of necessity–we have a small house and limited financial resources, so I can’t afford a lot of things. And even if I could, I wouldn’t have a place to put them. My kitchen is small, so I have had lots of practice in deciding what I really need and what I can do without. I have limited closet space, so I don’t have room to keep lots of clothes. Additionally, a simple wardrobe makes so much more financial sense. But I find myself out of synch with so many people in my peer group and get left out of a lot of conversations about purse, clothes, and shoes collection. It’s nice to have somewhere to connect with like-minded people. Thank you. 🙂

  20. toni

    I enjoyed your insights. One caution about turning on the dishwasher and going to bed. Know of a dishwasher that caught onto a low grade fire that was mostly smoke. Burned for many hours and nearly killed the homeowners due to poisonous smoke inhalation. Better to be awake until it’s done it’s cycle.

  21. Lydia @ FrugalDebtFreeLife

    And bonus to running the dishwasher at night: that’s usually off peak hours, so you will save money on your electric bill.

  22. Jeannie

    Great tips. I stayed with my sister in another state and stored my belongings. I could not get back for a while and had to purchase items for the apartment I rented. So I really appreciate “Keep it simple” as there was a lot to sort through and get rid of when I got back what had been packed away.

  23. Tristan

    This was a lot of fun to read and very thought provoking for me. We are used to thinking a bit differently about stuff because we’re a large family living in a smaller space (family of 10 until this next baby arrives in fall in a house that is about 1200 sq. ft.). I agree with the kids doing laundry SO much. That has been wonderful for us. We have less clothes than most (four boys share one dresser for example) but I still see some items that never get worn because everyone has their favorites. I think we’ll be paring down even more thanks to your post!

    And the kitchen…ahhh…I need to pare down here. We have more than we need and I know for a fact there are some pans/baking dishes in there that never get used because I have my favorite cooking pans. Thank you for the inspiring post!

  24. Eliza

    Hi Tsh! I love posts like this. Thank you for sharing!

    I have a question about digital storage and I’m assuming that between your paper-free habits and online business, you probably have some good ideas! I have previously stored all my files on back-up hard drives. I really want to switch to a cloud-based system, preferably something that automatically backs up files, has a large amount of storage (or unlimited), and isn’t too pricey. Any ideas you have would be great!

    Thank you!

    Eliza

  25. Sandra

    Lovely tips. I line dry my clothes whether the weather permits, or not! I do check weather.com and schedule laundry for good weather when I can, and I can hang clothes on racks in the house if necessary. Since I have a very minimal wardrobe I deliberately do the wash a few times a week in a high efficiency washer so I’m never caught short. I’d rather treat laundry like doing dishes. It’s something I do when the dishes are dirty, so laundry is something I do when it’s dirty and not when I save it up to be a huge chore.

    Now, the idea of not teaching your kids from an early age to have their own clothes–including socks–and to fold them neatly, seems lacksadaisical. It’s our job to help our kids as individuals who learn to care for their belongings, not just dump them in bags and buckets. I even sewed their intials into their socks so my boys would know who’s was whose. Just an old mom’s two cents.

  26. Sean's Domestic Cleaners Woodstock

    I have two toddlers and I was wondering at what age they are old enough to delegate them some of the domestic tasks. For me the most important one is to get used to put their clothes in the laundry box. I think when my kids are 4-5 years old I can teach them. Thanks for sharing such an useful article!

  27. Dorothy @ Paul's One Off Cleaning

    Thanks for sharing these tips, they are very useful! Organising and finding a place for everything is a very tiring and almost impossible task for every home owner. It’s not easy to decide which clothes to get rid of and how to organise everything so the space will be enough and the clothes will be well arranged and easy to find. Definitely some instructions could come in handy.

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