Keeping your home clean during the summer can make you feel like you’re taking two steps backward for every step forward. With children home from school, summer activities bringing the great outdoors inside, and no time left in the day to wipe or scrub, you’re probably thinking you’d rather move than fix the havoc summer wreaks on your home. Fortunately, Invitation Homes has the answer – with these eight simple tips and tricks.
Set Some Ground Rules
A major tip for keeping your house clean during the summer is establishing a few family ground rules. Having children in the house all summer can go one of two ways: You can be on permanent disaster recovery duty, or your children can help you minimize the mess. Make a list of summer rules, including taking shoes off before entering the house, cleaning up after one activity before going to the next, and washing hands after playing outside. By making a clean home a group effort, you can divide the workload and make cleaning easier.
Start with Something Simple
Sometimes, the simplest messes make your home look like a war zone. For example, an unmade bed can transform a decently clean room into an eyesore. Taking a few minutes to make the bed in the morning can make the entire room look and feel cleaner, regardless of how messy the room is otherwise. Cleaning your house can easily be overwhelming if you don’t break it up into smaller, more manageable chunks. Starting with something simple can set the precedent for how the rest of your cleaning will go.
Make a List of Priorities
Everyone has that one type of mess that gets under their skin more than other messes. Whether it’s a pile of unfolded laundry or sticky fingerprints on the kitchen appliances, feel free to focus on the mess that bothers you the most and leave the rest for later. If you only have time to clean one thing a day, make it the thing that will give you the most peace of mind. Less significant messes can wait, but your Achilles’ heel of messes should take top priority.
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