Tips for Tackling Summer Cleaning


Tips for Tackling Summer Cleaning

Summer is a great family time and also a great time to teach kids cleaning skills. These tips will help jobs move along smoothly. After cleaning, plan a fun activity as a reward for participation. Your family will love it!

  • Always clean top to bottom. When you dust, start at the top and work your way down.
  • Take all your cleaning tools with you into each room to avoid unnecessary trips back and forth.
  • Turn off the phones and TV.
  • Eliminate clutter. An uncluttered home looks better than one that is dust-free, but strewn with odds and ends.
  • Clean as you go! It takes a lot less time to remove new dirt than old and to put things away as you use them than it does to clean and store the piles that accumulate.
  • A house that smells fresh will give the impression of cleanliness. Leave baking soda on carpeting for the night to absorb musty odors and vacuum in the morning.
  • Keep a doormat or big astro-turf mat on the porch to cut down on tracked in dirt.
  • Keep a basket in the kitchen for mail, newspapers, car keys, etc. to help reduce clutter.
  • Keep a laundry hamper in every bathroom.
  • Put family members in charge of making their own beds and picking up after themselves.
  • Always pick up the TV room before bedtime, and start the dishwasher.
  • Prioritize and decide what is most important.
  • Delegate by getting the entire family involved.
  • Make a checklist, and when a job is completed, check it off so you can see how much you’ve accomplished.

This article was written by Carolyn Washburn, Utah State University Extension associate professor,

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