How to reduce stress with your cleaning routine during the summer holidays
The summer holidays are upon us, which means 6 weeks+ of keeping the kids occupied and entertained. Sadly, more bodies around the house all day means more mess. Entertaining and cleaning can be a stressful, not to mention time-consuming full-time job. To make it easier we have come up with some top tips to help lessen the stress during the summer break.
1. Draw up a cleaning rota
Having the kids at home means they can also help more in the house, so make sure to draw up a cleaning rota at the beginning of the holidays. This means everyone will know what they are doing on set days. Ensure you also spread out the big jobs, so they don’t get missed. You could even set up a reward sheet to give your kids an extra incentive to complete their set chores.
2. Get everyone involved
When it comes to the summer holidays make sure you get everyone in the household involved in cleaning and tidying up. Chances are that most of the mess will come from the kids so make sure you involve all of them in these tasks, even the little ones.
3. Set a “one at a time” rule
Kids love to play; how many times have you been up to their room or playroom and found the toys spread out everywhere? To make summer cleaning that little bit less stressful implement a one toy at a time rule.
If they want to play with another toy, they need to put the one they are playing with away. This means you shouldn’t be left with a floor full of toys at the end of the day.
4. Invest in good quality cleaning equipment
You will want to make summer cleaning as easy as possible. A great way of doing this is by investing in efficient, high quality cleaning equipment. If you have a lot of carpet, make sure you have a good quality hoover and if you have wooden floors, a decent steam mop can save you so much time.
Having cheap, simple hoovers and mops may save you money, but the time you spend going over the same patch of floor makes spending that extra bit of money much more practical.
5. Make the most of the great outdoors more
On sunny days get the kids outside playing. The less time they spend in the house the less mess you need to clear up. Make sure you arrange days out and even just simple lazy, garden days.
Plus, when it’s dry, consider eating outside as this also helps decrease the amount of tidying up you need to do thus lowering the summer cleaning stress levels.
6. Focus on one room at a time
When carrying out any summer cleaning, make sure you focus on one room at a time. This means you will be able to make a difference to one space in a short period of time compared to flitting about from room to room carrying out little tasks. This is also a much more productive way to declutter. If you simply focus on one room per day you will find you can still have some time for yourself and your family.
7. Clean top to bottom
When cleaning any room make sure you start from the top (the sides, the ceiling etc) and work your way down. If you start from the floor and work your way up, you may find that the floor is dusty and dirty by the end of your summer clean from excess debris from above.
Let Molly Maid carry out your summer clean
If you are working full time or simply don’t have enough hours in the day to carry out a thorough summer clean, we can do this for you. All our teams at Molly Maid are trained to the highest standards and will conduct a thorough clean of your house and garden. From washing the patio furniture, scrubbing windows and frames to polishing doors and cleaning the garage we can do it all.
Contact us today to find out more about our professional cleaning services.