The summer is over. Fall is here with the cool, crisp mornings, and the thrust of kids going back to school is here in full swing. Whether you are a stay-at-home mom, working mom or busy dad, balancing work, home, and school is a challenge. There is no doubt that shuffling the kids to and from school, sports and activities will impact your home. Here is a residential cleaning crash course for the busy parent with kids in school.
Don’t do it alone
You are not the maid of the house. It may seem like it to your kids, but one of the best ways to tackle getting the house clean and keeping it clean is to get them involved. Create a checklist for your kids and post it on the door to the bedroom. Their room is their castle, and they should be able to handle keeping it clean and tidy.
Get the clutter out
Take some time to sit down with each kid and your spouse and get the clutter out. Do you really need the VHS tapes and player that you have not used in 2 years? What about the boxes and bins downstairs that are full of stuff that you have not used in months? There are the items that are just collecting dust.
For your kids, make it a game. Have them go through all of their toys and give some away to other children and keep the ones that they want. Teach them how to organize their room, make their bed and put the clothes in the laundry. A simple rule that will help to keep the clutter out is “if you have not used in in a year, get rid of it.”
Keep the outdoors outside
Kids love to play outside in the great outdoors. Reduce the amount of dirt, grass, and grime that is tracked in by placing a course doormat at each entryway. Have your kiddos wipe their feet before they come in. Once they are in, have a door-mat their to collect the rest of the water and dirt. Don’t forget to have them put their shoes on a shelf or in a basket by the door. This will reduce the clutter and reduce the dirt that carries throughout the house.
Get the clothes out
Yes, you do have to start switching to warmer clothes now. Before you get into the full swing of winter and get caught without a winter jacket. Start swapping out the summer clothing for the winter gear. Take a look at all of the coats, hats, mittens, gloves to make sure they are winter-worthy. Do this a little at a time in the fall so you are prepared for the snow and not overwhelmed when it gets here.
- Don’t forget to get the kids involved in cleaning the house. Make it fun and rewarding for them.
- Reducing the number of things in the home will make it easier to keep the house Sometimes less is more.
- Don’t forget to clean up the yard. The outside of your home needs cleaning up just as much as the inside.