Do you struggle with keeping the house in order once school starts back? I had great intentions when summer started to get everything back in order. After all, the fun vacations and travel, I didn't quite meet my goal. Maybe you don't have it all complete either. Fall is just around the bend and I know once the school bell rings we'll be busy, busy, busy. As with any task at hand, I've found that I am more successful at long term order and cleaning with a plan in place. Here are some ideas you can try to find more success in keeping it all under control as you head into fall. It's quick and simple.
Instead of trying to do the entire house at once, break it up into shorter sets of time. You'll feel better about what you've done and you won't have time to get overwhelmed. If you've got 5 minutes to kill use them. If it's 20, get'ter done!
First, choose one room a day to focus on for 10 minutes at some point and time in the day. Rotate to a new room each day M-F then take the weekend off. Second, for the once over straighten up, break your time down into 2 small sets of time to get as much done in that time as you can. I usually set my kitchen stove timer for motivation. The goal is to beat the clock. When the timer says "Go", I quickly move through the house to see how fast and how much I can get done before the timer sounds.
At the end of the day before putting younger children to bed, I play a game of beat the clock to keep their rooms straight. I count to 20 while they quickly straighten their room, put their clothes in the hamper, put their toys on the shelves, etc. Who ever wins gets to pick the song we sing or book we read before bed.
Finally, choose one day a week to be the big cleaning day to work on bigger tasks. Before the day arrives, choose three tasks you want to tackle in advance so you can psyche yourself up and be thinking about what you want to do when the time arrives. Organize your supplies and when the time comes get it done.
Happy School! Happy Cleaning!