So life’s been insanely busy these past few weeks. Something I’m sure none of you can relate to. Too busy to vacuum the kitchen floor – which is, let’s face it, not my favorite activity anyway. (Funny how dust allergies can do that to a gal.) But that doesn’t stop my enthusiastic eaters from eating three meals a day with gusto. Having a cleaner kitchen seems like an idea straight out of neverland.
Or maybe you just loooove to vacuum – you live to vacuum, in fact – but, like me, your kitchen is almost directly under the kiddos’ bedrooms. And your kiddos are terrified of the sound of a running vacuum. And, like me, you can’t seem to find a whole lot of otherwise-unoccupied minutes when you have the house to yourself and nothing better to do than vacuum.
Either way, here are two of my hacks for making life with pint-sized eaters a slightly less messy affair.
1) Cover your food-landing zone with a sheet of plastic. I’m serious. When Kimmie was in the learning-to-eat (and learning-to-spread-food-within-a-wide-radius-of-her-highchair) phase, we taped an old plastic tablecloth, the kind you can usually get cheap at a dollar store at the start of summer, to the floor under her chair. We tucked the edges under the edge of the rug and taped the edges to the rug’s underside.
It was a lot easier to sweep the plastic clean, up to 3x/day if needed, with a broom or Swiffer sweeper
2) Consider reusable washcloths and a kitchen drying rack. When Kimmie started solids, the thought of burning up to a roll of paper towel per day cleaning up her eating messes seemed neither environmentally-friendly nor budget-friendly. So we amassed a stash of about two dozen cheap fabric washcloths, with which to wipe her clean after every meal.
Solution: I took an extra compact drying rack
I can’t say these two hacks have solved all my challenges in maintaining a cleaner kitchen, but they sure have helped to contain some of the mess.