As the summer winds down, it’s easy to have mixed emotions. Those long days and nights full of summertime parties, idyllic beach vacations, and fun for the whole family are wrapping up — and now the day-to-day hustle and bustle of school, work, and keeping up your home is settling back in.
But at the same time? The end of the summer break is a great chance to focus on new beginnings — including bringing a fresh feeling into your home to go along with the start of that new school year.
During the back-to-school rush, a clean home can help ease the transition from the old to the new, both for the adults in the household, and the kids who are heading back to the class.
Before the new school year arrives — along with the “perfect storm” of homework, games, clubs, activities, and more — it’s important to take a few steps to make sure your home is clean, organized, and ready to go. This way, you and your family can start the new school year off on the right foot, with a positive attitude, a clear state of mind, and a home that’s ready for art projects, game nights, soccer practices, and all that the new year can bring.
Want to make the most of your last summer days so your family can have a healthy and productive new school year? Here are seven ways you can clean up the mess of the summer and gear up for what’s to come:
Deep clean and organize those messy summer areas
During the summer months, it’s common for kids to play in the same areas or have their toys scattered about in a few predictable “play zones,” like the living room or den.
Meanwhile, the summer is also a prime time for kiddos to run inside and out, playing with friends in the backyard or at the park — and bringing mud, rain, grass, dirt, sand, and allergens along with them. At the same time, with the AC running or the windows open, dirt, pollen, dust, and other airborne allergens can collect and build up in the fibers of carpets, rugs, and upholstery, too.
As you prepare to head back to school, it’s time to address all of the mess that may have built up in your child’s favorite play areas. During the rush of the summer, it’s easy to put off regular cleaning tasks, like vacuuming and dusting. As the summer season winds down, bust out the vacuum (and attachments) and your microfiber cloths, and really pay attention to your household surfaces, including furniture items. Working with a professional cleaning company is a great way to make sure your busiest areas get the deep clean they deserve, while you get the time to focus on getting ready for the school year to come.
And don’t forget to take some time to cut the clutter! Over the summer, toys, stuffed animals, books, games, iPads, TV remotes, and more can get scattered, well… just about everywhere! When the kids start going back to school, that’s the perfect opportunity to take the time to go through these spaces and clean up the mess summer left behind.
For example, the end of the summer can be a great time to sort through toys, games, and other play items and work with your kids to deice what they truly love and want to keep, and what they can get rid of. Once you’ve tidied up and donated things your family no longer needs, take some time to focus on implementing a few simple ways to try and keep toys and games organized. We’ve got a few great ideas on organizing kids’ items available on our blog, here!
Tidy up and declutter the kids’ bedrooms — and make it a family effort!
As the new school year approaches, getting your child’s bedroom ready to go is an important step to take. For one thing, taking some time to clean up after a long summer can offer a nice break, and make the transition back to class that much easier. Just as important? Kids’ bedrooms can get messy over a fun and laidback summer. As the school year starts, it may prove important to get rid of the summer gear to make sure there’s enough room for homework, science projects, sports gear, and all the fun stuff that comes with a fresh school year.
As you gear up for the new school year, take some time to work with your kids to declutter their stuff, including clothes, games, and more. Make it a family effort by taking the time to go through your own clutter, as well. Working together, you can bring in the school year with a clean slate. Go through with your children to see what they want to keep, toss, or try and re-sell.
And once you’ve gotten rid of all the old toys and knick knacks they’ve outgrown? Work with your youngsters to clean their rooms by vacuuming the floors, swapping out the sheets, and sanitizing desks, dressers, and other surfaces. Looking for a few fun ways to make cleaning fun for the whole family? We’ve got you covered.
Deep clean bathrooms
Even with a regular cleaning routine, it’s easy for bathrooms to become messy over a long summer. With more people around the house and hot, humid weather hanging around, the summertime can take a toll on these all-important spaces.
Before the new school year, take some time to deal with your home’s bathrooms. After all, it will be a lot easier for everyone to get ready for school first thing in the morning when the bathrooms are sparkling and ready to go!
As in the rest of the home, clutter can build up in the bathroom. Take some time to clear out unnecessary or expired items from the cabinets and bath area. Wipe down all surfaces and clean and scrub the toilet to make it sparkling fresh. Get rid of mold and mildew that could have built up over the warm and humid summer months by scrubbing down surfaces, including the walls, ceilings, and fixtures around the bath and shower.
Clean out and organize the fridge and pantry
Summertime days and nights are full of fun — and often call for hitting the fridge! Whether hosting a backyard barbecue with friends or packing up snacks for little league games, most of us spend plenty of time during the summer rummaging around the fridge and pantry. It’s easy for these important areas to start to get a little messy… right when you need them ready to handle the back-to-school wave of breakfasts, lunches, and quick weeknight dinners.
Often, our fridges, pantries, and cupboards can become so overstocked we forget what’s even in them to begin with. Gravy packets from last year’s Thanksgiving meal? Cans of soup from who knows when? Take some time to clean out your storage. A quick tip? Taking out all items and putting them on the counter or table can help you see what you have, and what can be thrown out.
Remember that items packed into the back of the fridge can often spill or spoil. Before packing your fridge full of back-to-school goodies, take some time to wipe it out thoroughly, including cleaning off door handles and drawers.
Want to help get your little ones involved in the fun? Making special snack and sandwich stations can help kids easily remember where items are, making it easier for them to help you with packing school lunches every week.
Tidy up the closets, garage, and other storage spaces
With kids playing sports, going to camp, and coming in and out of the house, the closets in your home can get quite disheveled over the summer. As kids root around for shoes, clothes, and equipment, they may throw your perfectly organized supply closets into disarray. Before the school bell rings, take some time to get these important spaces back in working order.
Take an inventory of your home’s closets and other storage areas you use (such as the garage, a storage locker, or the basement) and go through everything with the whole family to see what you can get rid of. Old baseball mitts from the pee-wee years? Skiis from the ‘80s you know you’ll never use again? Preparing for a new school year is the perfect time to clean out these areas only keep what everyone absolutely wants and needs, while making room for all of the gear that is sure to come with a new school year.
After clearing out the clutter, max out your newfound storage space and hatch a plan for closet organization. Start by sorting out items based on category, then assess how you will organize them in the space so everything can be housed together properly. Try and keep the floors clean and clear of items for a more welcoming and inviting space. You may even consider organizing items into specially labeled bins, creating one for sporting equipment, one for winter accessories, one for cleaning supplies, and so on.
Need some back-to-school help?
Looking to make the transition back to school as smooth as possible? Let Sweeping Dimensions guide the way! Moving on from freewheeling summertime to a busy school year can feel intimidating for the whole family. SDCS is here to keep your home clean and everything working in right order!
Sweeping Dimensions always makes a sweeping effort to make life less stressful! For busy families who are gearing up for an exciting new school year all over Chicago, we can take on the cleaning and give you back time for the most important things in lif
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