Moms know how quickly ick can pile up. If you feel like your family tracks dirt into your house all day every day, you need these tips for keeping dirt out of your home ASAP!
The saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers,” but someone failed to mention that April showers also bring mud. And dirt. And gross.
All into my house.
Between taking the boys into the backyard to play, letting Cooper in and out all day, and having a yard that definitely needs some better grass coverage, dirt and mud always seem to find their way into my house.
Thankfully, I’ve found a few different ways to keep the dirt from taking over my home!
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Tips for Keeping Dirt Out of Your Home
Choose your “landing space.”
Where in your home will all of the dirt go? You need a ground zero to go to after getting dirty!
We have a back room with a door leading to our backyard that houses our washer and dryer and makes a perfect landing space. It’s where we let the dog out, as well as the door we all go through when the weather is gross.
If you have a mud room then that’s the perfect landing space for you! But if you have a small house like we do, just allocate a small area.
Make a space for dirty shoes.
And make sure they don’t make it past that spot. Since my home is so small, I don’t waste space with a door mat or shoe caddy and instead, use a folded towel to put our dirty shoes on.
It saves space and I can simply toss it into the wash when it gets too dirty.
Take off any dirty clothes and throw them into the wash ASAP.
Have you ever watched a toddler play outside? If there is a dirt patch, Ryan will find it. A pile of icky leaves? He’ll make a beeline for it.
I’ve come to accept this and have adopted a “boys will be boys!” attitude about it. But that doesn’t mean I’m okay will all of that ick coming inside.
Right when we come inside, I strip Ryan of whatever dirty clothes he has and toss them straight into the clothes washer, add in our favorite all® free clear detergent.
Keep wipes for hands close by.
In our backroom, I keep a container of wipes so that we can wipe off dirty little hands before they start touching all of my nice, clean walls.
A way to clean up dirt quickly and easily.
No matter how hard I try, on rainy days, our back room ends up looking like this from Cooper coming in and out.
I love a spray mop that I can use to quickly wipe up all of the dirty paw (and shoe!) prints so that the dirt doesn’t get tracked elsewhere into our home.
Wipe the dog!
My last tip is to wipe the dog’s paw when he comes in on a messy day. Cooper won’t let you wipe his paws without a lot of work and struggle, so doing it multiple times a day is kind of out of the question.
Instead, I came up with this simple trick – line the doorway with a towel. As he walks through with wet and muddy paws, the towel will sop up the ick so the majority doesn’t get tracked through the house. You’re welcome.
So tell me – how do you keep dirt out of your home this time of year? Does your toddler make a beeline all things ick like mine does? Let me know in the comments!
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