Every parent enjoys having their children around during the summer months for times of fun and memory making, but their return to school can also bring a sigh of relief. When the kids head back to school, normalcy returns along with a schedule to follow and the time to truly clean your home. Of course, it’s not that you didn’t clean all summer long while the kids were out of school! It is simply that with the kids running in and out all summer, dirt, pollen, and other grime is continually tracked in, not to mention the spills and splatters that seem to inherently come along with summer fun. As the kids head back to school, Signature Maids offers these helpful cleaning tips to get your house back to clean and ready for the fall.
The House Cleaning Checklist
While you may have had one in place last spring before school let out for the summer, it probably got lost during the fun and memory making of summer. As school begins, you’ll find it the perfect time to create new cleaning checklist and encourage everyone to return to their normal routines of helping to keep the house clean. A list of household chores, aka the cleaning checklist, should show all the tasks involved in house cleaning and who is responsible for each one. Your children should be involved, at least by cleaning and picking up their rooms weekly. Once their rooms are clean, you can add a few more chores to their list of cleaning responsibilities around the house. Consider adding a reward system to help keep kids motivated to get their jobs done each week.
Declutter and Organize
In addition to weekly cleaning, back to school is the ideal time to declutter and get organized again. During summer, different activities can mean an accumulation of toys, accessories, sporting paraphernalia, and more – taking up much needed space. Take the time to go through the house, getting rid of objects (donate, repurpose, or toss) you no longer need or use. Eliminating clutter, allows you to organize your space so you can find the items you need when you need them. This isn’t a grown-ups’ only task, but a great way to get the kids involved as well and let everyone see just how great the house can look when it is decluttered and organized.
Clean Carpets and Upholstered Furnishings
After summer’s activities – pollen, dirt, dust, and other allergens have likely accumulated in your home – particularly in the carpets, rugs, and upholstery where they love to hide. The end of summer is a great time to have your carpet, area rugs, and upholstered furnishings professionally cleaned. Not only will your home be refreshed, but you’ll be prepared for the upcoming holiday season which quickly approaches after school gets started.
Once your carpets have been professionally cleaned, keep them clean by vacuuming at least weekly. The addition of doormats can also help keep dirt outside where it belongs. You might want to also consider adding the “no shoes inside” rule by adding a doormat or shoe basket at all the entryways. You may have to remind everyone to join in, but after a few reminders, you can get the entire family on board and keep your floors, carpet, and home cleaner.
Getting the Cleaning Assistance You Need
With all the back to school preparation you need to get done, you might need assistance in getting your home back to the clean you know and love. If you do, the team at Signature Maids is ready to help you get your home perfectly clean – just the way you like it! Call today!