This year you can follow these easy summer cleaning tips to stay on top of chores without spending all day every day picking up after kids. With more children at home during the summer months, it can be hard to keep everything clean. Even with the kids' help, it can be tough on moms to get their chores taken care of. These tips will help you to maintain your home without extra stress.
Easy Summer Cleaning Tips
Hang a drying line for swimsuits. Dripping wet swimsuits from playing in the sprinklers cause mud and water on your floors. Set up a drying line on the back porch or near your back door for swimsuits to be hung after swim play. You can easily set up a simple shower curtain changing area as well so kids can take off suits modestly and wrap in their towels before heading into the house.
Enforce the leave shoes at the door rule. This is one rule that stands year round in our house, but especially in the summer when grass clippings, mud from sprinklers, and other things can lead to messes. Enforce the rule that everyone takes their shoes off in the entry way. This results in a few less times you'll be mopping or vacuuming.
Assign everyone daily cleaning tasks. Getting everyone involved is always one of the best easy summer cleaning tips to follow. Chore charts are popular, but setting standard chores each family member handles on a regular basis helps tremendously.
Use the same cup all day. One thing that adds up quickly is the dirty dishes. Assign everyone their own cup and make them use the same cup all day long for drinking water, juice, milk. etc. In between beverages they can easily rinse out their cup and refill it with water. Cups with straws make fewer messes and can be more fun for kids.
Use paper plates. Not the Styrofoam kind, but real paper plates. This is a great way to serve kids breakfast and lunch or even snacks. Once they finish eating, they can drop these in the recycle bin. You can almost always find a package of 100 plates for around $1-$1.50 a your local dollar store. It's an inexpensive item that helps tremendously in your time spent washing dishes.
Put a blanket down for kids to eat on. It's a lot easier to clean up when the crumbs stay in one place. Use a blanket or a beach towel for kids to eat on instead of at the table. This makes them happy because it feels like a picnic, but it is a great easy way for you to clean up.
These easy summer cleaning tips will help you to keep things in order without extra work having the kids home during summer break. From getting them involved in the daily chores to setting up simple meal time methods this list will cut back on your time cleaning this summer. Less time taking care of chores means more time playing, going to the park, or having fun with your family.