It’s almost time for summer vacation again. Whether you have young kids that are out of school or older kids that are returning home from college, one thing is for sure: There will be a mess. But, try not to stress out too much, because there are a few things that you can do to lessen or prevent a catastrophic disaster from occurring. Here are some tips on how to keep a clean house over summer vacation.
Establish a Chore Schedule
Why not take advantage of the extra hands while you have the opportunity? After all, the kids are probably creating and adding to the mess. So, think about involving the kids in the chore schedule while they are home for the summer. Make a colorful chore chart for young kids, and assign household duties each week to the older kids. The older kids can take on the more difficult chores, such as dishes and laundry while the younger kids can clean up their toys and sweep the floor.
Spend Time Outside
Try to prevent the mess in the first place! Grab the kids, go outside and enjoy the beautiful day. You can go to the park, play sports, or take a dip in the local swimming pool. How can you make a mess if the family is gone all day?
Get Rid of Clutter
Tis’ the season to de-clutter and purge your home. Clean out and get rid of all of the stuff that you haven’t worn or used in the past year. This includes old kitchen supplies, workout equipment, clothes, and kids toys. Once you have gathered up all of the unwanted belongings, you can consign or give away the items that are in good shape. Then, throw away everything else. Alleviating the excess clutter will make you feel like you have less to clean and pick up after.
Stop Dirt in its Tracks
Use rugs at the door entrances and enforce a ‘no shoes in the house’ policy. This won’t completely stop dirt from entering the house but it will lessen the excess mud and grass that gets tracked in. However, this may be more difficult if you have pets coming in and out of the home.
Hire a Cleaning Service
If you find that it’s too overwhelming to keep the whole house clean all the time, have a cleaning service come in once or twice a month. Contact Spouses Cleaning Houses today to schedule a cleaning appointment. We feel everyone should be able to enjoy a clean home.