The school summer holidays are fast approaching and this can only mean one thing! Dirty children and a messy house. Kids finger prints and mud will be everywhere, chocolate wrappers left on the floor, grass stains on their clothes, toys everywhere collecting dust, along with a house full of their friends going from the house to garden and forgetting to put their shoes on!!!!! For me as you can imagine this is a very hard time of year, My OCD goes into overdrive…..I love to see my children happy and have all their friends around but sometimes I just want to Scream.
How will you and your home survive the summer holidays? Its not to complicated to keep a well tided organised clean home but it takes a little planning and fast acting.
Before the summer holidays start have a good de-clutter, get rid of anything you don’t need or haven’t used in the last year. Keep any clutter to a real minimum, so if it does build up over the holidays to a huge pile.
Summer is the season for parks, lakes, pool days and the beach so make sure you plan days out it can be as simple as meeting friends at the local park but by getting out and about will save your home and will burn off the children’s energy.
Make yourself a chart with activities on and places to go so your super organised.
On a raining day put a large throw on the sofa and cuddle up to a movie with some tasty treats. The throw can be shaken outside and put in the wash so easily to save any sticky fingers on the sofa.
Try to arrange to go to other peoples homes rather than have everyone at your home or at least take it in turns.
Encourage the children to help you with the housework every morning, this will get them up and out of their beds and will help you out. Simple tasks like putting dirty clothes in the laundry basket, keeping their bedrooms neat and tidy. Tidying away any toys that are downstairs and running the hoover around. Small jobs like this will really take the pressure of you.
If you children are older enough emptying the dishwasher and doing the washing up will be a big help to you. Encouraging your children to help you with the housework is not a bad thing, it will help increase their confidence and will make them feel proud of their achievements. Create a rota with an incentive scheme.
Throughout the holidays always tackle the smaller jobs before they turn into bigger ones, hoover up the crumbs before they get spread around, do a daily wash and generally just act as soon as you need to. The worst thing you can do is wait and do a big clean at the end of the week. This will end up turning into a much bigger job which could take you hours and leave you with bored nagging children.
Invest in a large good quality door mat to stop dirt coming in and makes sure shoes are taken off at all times, then further inside the house place washable rugs in high traffic areas to help protect the floors and carpets.
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Keep hand sanitzers by the doors too so children can quickly clean their hands before they come in.
Organise the coat and shoe cupboard. Now is the time to clean out the winter boots and coats and stock it with weather appropriate gear. Keep rain coats, boots and light jackets on hand to prepare for those summer storms. If you don’t have a cupboard create a space by the door. Keep easy to slip on shoes to hand and keep sun cream visible so you don’t forget.
Also invest in some storage container with lids so at the end of the day toys can be neatly put away with the lid on and then this can go under a bed or in a cupboard.
Keep to eating in the kitchen or dinning room so you don’t chase the crumbs around the house.
Cook on the BBQ and eat outside on nice days to keep the dirt out.
Use disposable plates and cups when the children have friends round.
Do online shopping this will save you time and a trip to a supermarket with children in tow.
I really hope this has been of some use to you.
Wishing you all a fantastic summer.
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