With summer nearly here, chances are you’d rather be enjoying outside activities with your friends and family than staying inside cleaning your house. However, this time of year dirt in traffic areas can increase because family and pets are going in and out of doors more often. And with the kids home from school, clutter can build up very quickly.
Get outside and enjoy the sunshine
Getting outside is healthy for you and your family. A great way to make cleaning easy and fun is to make a game of family teamwork. Take fifteen minutes once a day and assign a job to each family member according to their abilities. Then clean together! If everyone gets their job done successfully, follow the cleaning game immediately with a treat or outdoor activity.
If you live alone, rather than letting chores accumulate, clean as you go. Maybe you have fifteen minutes before your favorite TV show begins or your dinner is ready. Look around the room. Is there a small task, like dusting the blinds or doing the dishes, you could do quickly? Don’t let mess accumulate. Rather, attend to it one mini-task at a time.
De-clutter the family room
By far the most frequently used place in your home during the summer is the family’s main living area. Clutter seems to grow overnight here. To avoid hours of cleanup, vacuum high traffic areas and save the others for another time. If you have hardwood floors in the room, vacuum surrounding carpets before mopping the floors because vacuuming will stir up dust and lint.
Has the dog used your throw pillows as a bed? To quickly freshen them throw a few at a time into the dryer on the air cycle. Toss in a dryer sheet for extra freshness. Then go through your mail. Throw away piles of unnecessary magazines, newspapers, loose papers, and junk mail. Fold throws and clean off the coffee table.
Make a list of chores
Keeping a clean house can seem like an overwhelming task. And only you know what your priorities are. So first make a list of chores you need to do and prioritize them. Decide how much time it takes to do each one, then sit down with family members and identify their priorities. Schedule more time for what is most important to you and your family. This may also help you decide which jobs to assign to others! Make a checklist and, as you stay on track and complete a chore, check it off the list. This will give you and your household a sense of satisfaction and shared accomplishment. By following a routine schedule, your house will stay clean. And you may just find yourself with more time to relax in the sun!