To most people, summertime is a very welcome season to relax and take things slow. Not to the average working woman. Between juggling responsibilities at work and home, summertime can be nerve-wracking, especially when the kids are home the whole day.
Sure it’s great to have them around because you get to spend more time with them compared to when they have school, but the downside to it is the perpetual mess that is your home since they have nothing else to do and nowhere else to go.
Children stuck at home during summer means toys scattered all over the house, scattered books and magazines on tables and countertops, piles of dishes in the sink, crumbs on the floor, and that’s only the first half of the day.
With everything on your plate, you might find yourself always pulling your hair out of frustration but fret not. Despite all these, it is possible to keep a house clean and orderly during summer.
Simple Home Maintenance Tips to Keep Your House Orderly During Summer
Come up with a reliable and efficient way to deal with clutter.
Dealing with clutter can be frustrating at times because they never seem to go away. The entryway console always has junk on it. Shoes are left lying around and coats hung over banisters or on the back of chairs.
If you’re sick and tired of seeing clutter around the house, devise a way to make decluttering a lot easier for everyone.
Place a shoe cabinet by the entryway to put shoes in before going into the house. If the coat rack is high for your kids, install hooks within your children’s reach. Don’t be afraid to think out of the box when it comes to tidying up.
You can also set aside a day this summer to do some major decluttering. This way you can get rid of a lot of your junk which will minimize what’s left at home, making it a lot more manageable.
Make the most of your time.
Some people think that they need to wait until the kids are in bed before they get to work. On the contrary, that will be very counterproductive. As soon as they wake up, they will end up trashing the whole place up again making all your previous night’s effort go to waste.
Instead, make the most out of all the extra time you have to declutter and clean up bit by bit. While waiting for that pizza you ordered which is on last-mile delivery status, start working on your laundry or cleaning up the living room.
Use whatever time you have to tidy up and do some spot cleaning around the house. It may not be as thorough as a deep-cleaning, but it helps minimize clutter and mess.
Get everyone involved.
Finally, the best way to maintain an orderly home is to recruit others to your cause. Stop doing everything all by yourself. Get everyone to pitch in and help clean up.
This is a great way to teach your children how to take responsibility. You can delegate age-appropriate tasks to them such as cleaning up their rooms or putting their toys away after each use. This will show them the value of taking ownership of their surroundings and possessions. Don’t miss out on this valuable teaching opportunity.
Maintaining a spotless and clutter-free home will remain a distant dream if you have kids around. Keeping a tidy house, however, is within arm’s reach especially if you employ the things we have listed above.