Let’s talk about a topic that lots of us find to be one of the most boring chores in the world: cleaning. Cleaning your home is something that very few people relish, and something that can seem like a very arduous task. When the summer holidays pop up, it can seem like your home is getting even dirtier than ever. What with the kids being home all the time and have more visitors around than usual when you’re entertaining, things can end up getting actually quite messy.
That’s why we are presenting a list of cleaning tips to help you stay on top of things over the summer holidays. It’s not exhaustive, but it will be a good start to help you keep things a little more manageable. And that’s the most important thing!
Always clean up during and after you make a mess
This might seem obvious to some, but cleaning as you go can make you not dread giving the house a clean. Nobody wants to have to wash up a sink full of dirty dishes in the morning. If you are cooking, doing arts and crafts, or some other such messy task, then cleaning up as you go and then at the end of the activity means that the area doesn’t stay dirty for long – and you don’t have to look at that mess you made hours ago that you definitely don’t feel like cleaning now.
Sweep or vacuum at least once a week
Floors are what get most dirty in your home, which means that you need to be cleaning them fairly regularly. Sweeping and/or vacuuming at least your high traffic areas of your home is essential once a week. Mopping the kitchen and the bathroom is a good idea at least once a week too. If you have floorboards in your home, you will need to mop these fairly regularly too. If you have carpets, it’s advisable to get them deep cleaned once to twice a year to ensure that they stay in good condition.
Make sure to sweep your front path
Sweeping your front path during summer is also important to help stop that tracking of dirt into your home. If your front path is dirty, you can be sure that at least some of that dirt is coming into your home – no matter how good your front doormat is. You should be doing this around once a week, or more regularly if it gets quite dirty.
Get the kids to help out
If you have kids, then it’s time to teach them the ways of the world – by using pocket money to pay them for doing chores around the home. Devise a list of cleaning tasks, days, and assign them to everyone in the household. Make sure that you assign jobs to yourself on the task list too so that they understand that it is a fair system. Pick appropriate tasks for appropriate age groups. For instance, if they are five years old, their cleaning tasks may just be picking up their toys at the end of the day. If you have a 15-year-old, it might be making dinner.
Make sure that you are sorting your rubbish
Do your bit for the environment while you are cleaning and make sure that you are sorting your rubbish. You can do this by sorting recycling, regular waste, and food waste for composting. Make sure to minimise the amount of packaging that you are purchasing at the supermarket and for other buys. When you think about how much rubbish goes to landfill, then you will realise how much of an impact just one household can have per year. If you do this diligently then you will really be doing your bit for the environment – and you can feel good about your contribution to keeping the earth cleaner.
Treat yourself to a cleaning service
There is something so rewarding about treating yourself to a cleaning service. It’s a little self-indulgent treat, and it is worth doing. You can opt for a cleaning service once a week or once a fortnight, or even just as a one off now and then. Or hey, if you really hate cleaning you could just get one whenever you please! Just put away a little extra money each week, and you’ll be able to relax in peace while someone else does all the work for you – and they do a damn good job of it too.
Reference/ Some Information is collected from: https://www.houseproud.com.au/blog/cleaning-tips-summer
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