Our beautiful summer is in full swing, and so are all the activities that come with it. The positive side of this is the fun, and the memories made as we enjoy our beautiful Wisconsin weather. The negative side (yes, there is a downside!) is that with the fast pace of summer comes a disorganized and messy household. Yes, we’re all trying to ignore it but its there: dirty dishes, piles of laundry, and neglected bathrooms. So how can you keep your home in order and enjoy your summer?
Use door mats and rugs to your advantage. Keep dirt at bay by keeping mats and rugs at every doorway to keep the sand and mud out of your home. If you have pets, check them over at the door for muddy paws and dirt.
Organize your laundry room and prepare for the worst. Summer is a time for fun, and dirty shirts and shorts. Ready yourself for those unexpected surprises, and organize your laundry room so you can spot shot as soon as possible.
Don’t be afraid to live out of bags. Whether you travel or play all summer long, don’t be afraid to stay organized with packed bags for each activity or to keep your items pre-packed in luggage for a quick getaway.
Train other members of your household to maintain a clean shower. A bit of daily maintenance can go a long way toward saving you from hours of shower and tile scrubbing. Make sure everyone remembers to crack open a window or turn on the fan to prevent mildew and mold from growing. If your shower door requires regular spraying or a daily squeegee, let everyone know.
Keep the grill and patio clean. Use outside dining to your advantage, which means easy clean up after meals. Use a bucket of water and soap to wash down your patio and furniture. Use a brush to keep your grill ready for another day of grilling.
Seize the day to put winter away. If you haven’t done your spring cleaning tasks like washing the windows and laundering your winter quilts, set a few hours aside to get those chores done. Don’t have a few hours? Hire a cleaner to tackle your spring cleaning, so you can mark it off the list.
Put a reminder on the calendar to maintain your air quality. Don’t forget to change your air filter during the summer because filters trap dust and other disgusting particles from your air.
Don’t be afraid to hire cleaning help. Hiring a home cleaning service does not have to mean that you give up cleaning your house. We have a friend who hired a cleaner to only clean her bathrooms. Likewise, if you need a cleaning service on days before you entertain, set it up. Or if you only want a certain room clean, give your cleaning service specific instruction. If you need someone to clean your whole house from top to bottom, there’s nothing wrong with that. So make the call to get some cleaning help. Summer is meant to be enjoyed—not spent trying to keep up with a messy house.