4 Steps to Avoiding Heavy Cleaning After Craft Projects

girl_with_paint_makes_grout_cleaning_necessaryWith the ever-growing popularity of websites like Pinterest, families have obviously been embracing their inner craftiness and enjoying the creation of sometimes strange things. However, the one downfall to all of this quality family time is the havoc it can wreak on kitchens and other areas of the home. The following guide will help you avoid the need for heavy cleaning after you and your children have created those delightfully-crafty works of art.

1. Cover the space.

Large kitchen tables and countertops seem to be the number one place used by families hoping to create something together. This makes sense because these spaces are usually free of carpeting and offer amenities such as water sources and easy-to-access trash receptacles while also providing ample space for everyone to be involved. The first and best practice to follow when crafting in the kitchen is to thoroughly cover the area. This can be done with a heavy drop-cloth, old bedsheets, cheap plastic shower curtains, or disposable tablecloths.

2. Use washable supplies

It can be daunting to walk into a craft store in search of kid-friendly supplies that won’t break the bank. Luckily, there are many types of washable art supplies on the market. You just need a little knowledge about what to look for when you get there. For example, craft paints are available in a large variety of colors. Water based acrylic paint dries quickly, is easiest to clean up. Oil based paints are usually thicker and more permanent and are therefore more difficult to clean up when splashed or spilled.

3. Limit available materials.

Make cleanup a cinch by limiting the materials available to your children at any given moment. First, you should give your equipment, tools, and supplies a permanent home. This will make it easier for you and your children to find them and return them when you are finished. You can also sort supplies into categories and store them in their own containers or baskets. Old baby food jars and ziplock bags are among the most popular. Additionally, rolling storage containers with drawers can be brought into your art space, the drawers removed as needed, then replaced and returned to their designated “home”. Likewise, if there are several steps to a project, try to give your little ones only the supplies they need for each step of the process. Limiting supplies will limit the number of possible messes that can lead to a need for heavy fixture, tile and grout cleaning once you have finished your project.

4. Clean up immediately.

The two biggest keys to keeping your kitchen clean during art projects will be preparation and upkeep. Many do-it-yourselfers suggest gathering all of your necessary cleaning supplies before getting started. This can not only help you keep the area clean, but it can also encourage the children in the home to clean up after themselves. This will go a long way in teaching your children lifelong lessons is tidiness.

In this day-and-age of digital connectedness, the need for quality family time is increasing by leaps and bounds. Crafting is necessary for helping children develop important bi-lateral and fine-motor coordination, self-regulation skills, and increased self-esteem. Parents should be sure to have fun with their children during family projects, but this doesn’t mean they can’t try to keep their homes neat and tidy in the process.