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Summer time is quickly approaching. It’s my favorite time of year! Time to get out of the house, go to the pool, or the park. Go camping and fishing. But the one area of my life that gets neglected in the summer is my house. In the winter time, when we’re inside most of the day, I can see when things are dirty and need to be cleaned and stay on top of cleaning. But in the summer, when we’re outside playing, I don’t notice the dirt as much until we have someone coming over, or that huge spot on the floor where I spilled something starts to collect dust.
Not this summer. Knowing that my days are usually jam packed with activities I decided to be both proactive and realistic about keeping the house clean. I know I can’t spend all Friday morning cleaning anymore like I did a few months ago. So I made this chart. Every day has a check list of things I need to clean for the day. And everything on that list should only take me about 20 minutes to do. I can get everything done for the day while the kids are eating breakfast. You’ll notice I don’t have anything for Saturday and Sunday. Those are my (and your) free days. Go out, have fun, and don’t worry about the state of your house.
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Here are a few tips to make this routine go smoothly, and to have it done in 20 minutes:
- Laminate the list (or put it in a frame with glass, I used the NYTTJA frame from Ikea) and hang it somewhere you can easily see it. That way you won’t forget what you’re supposed to clean every day.
- Get the kids involved. Make it fun. My boys love singing the clean up song and helping with chores. That may be because we make a game out of it, or because when I tell them bedtime stories I add in that the main character was a good boy (or girl) and always helped mom around the house.
- If you have the space, keep 2 or 3 separate laundry baskets out for whites, colors, and others. If the kids are old enough, have them throw their clothes in the appropriate basket. If they aren’t (or forget to) this way you can easily sort your clothes before bed or when, and if, you have a free second during the day.
- Have cleaning supplies on every level of the house. That way you’re not having to lug a bucket of supplies around with you every day. I have two buckets, one I keep in my kitchen and the other in our master bath. Each bucket has cleaning rags, a sponge, a roll of paper towels, Windex, toilet bowl cleaner and Fabuloso® Multipurpose Cleaner. I picked up a few bottles of Fabuloso® at Walmart last month and they have made my cleaning routine so much easier! I can use it on everything and it makes the house smell wonderful. I’ve tried their new scent, Spring Blossom which smells fresh, but my favorite is the Lavender. Having a two year old who is recently potty trained, I’ve had a tough time tackling the smells in the bathroom. I can use Fabuloso® on the walls, the floor and the toilet itself and when I leave the bathroom smells and looks amazing; no greasy residue!
- Check your cleaning supplies on Friday. Make sure you’re not getting close to running out, and if you are, run to the store over the weekend and re-stock. It’s horrible when you are all set to clean and then realize you are all out of cleaner.
What’s the one area of your house you dread cleaning the most?