Time For Some Summer Cleaning!

Well the 4th of July vacation is done, family has gone back to their respective houses and now it is time to do what I like to call “de-crazyfy” my house….it is time for some spring summer cleaning.

Sell, Donate or Throw Away

While as a family we do spend a bit of time enjoying the lazy days of summer, going to the park, the beach and roasting marshmallows outside but when family comes to visit the house can stand a little TLC before the start of the school year. My first start is to tackle the kid’s room and get rid of any broken toys. I wait until the kids are home so that they can help me sort their toys between the ones they want to keep, throw away or donate.

It has been years since I have had a yard sale but this is a great way to sell some stuff we no longer need.

Get Out Dust and Germs

General home maintenance nothing heavy-duty, like cleaning the tracks on the sliding glass doors, de-dusting the house…for me this is important because I have horrible allergies.

If you are like me and don’t care for the store-bought furniture cleaner…the easiest way around this? Make your own!

take an empty bottle and add about 1/4 cup of white vinegar, two teaspoons of light olive oil, 20 or so drops of essential oil (lemon) and fill the rest with warm water and there you have your own furniture cleaner (this is for a 16oz bottle you may want to alter some of the measurements for whatever bottle size you use).

Get Ready for the Next Cold and Flu Season


Doctor and Nurse Bears


Take this time…before the kids bring home more germs…to restock your medicine cabinet and disinfect popular areas germs like to hide such as the bathroom. Not just a light clean really get in there. Remove all rugs around the tubs and toilets and wash them, clean sinks, toilets and showers. I took the time to add some more little cabinets and racks to keep everything neat and organized. I remember how cluttered the bathroom got (along with other parts of the hose) during the school year and it is my goal to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

If you are super busy this summer with work and summer camp transportation. This is a down time for many home maintenance companies and a great time to use their services for cleaning the gutters, windows and even tackle inside the home.

Also remember that while you think you might be getting a late start by beginning your cleaning mid-summer, keep in mind that this is a slow time for home maintenance and cleaning companies. This is a great time to get summer discounts from gutter installers, window washers and other professional services.

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  1. Tina says

    Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful and helpful tips. I did not know that is all you had to do to make your own furniture cleaner until I read this post. I am definitely going to do this. It would be a heck of a lot cheaper. My house is in need of a good dusting and really need to start.

  2. Janet W. says

    We desperately need to do a yard sale. We have a million baby clothes that my grandson has outgrown, and toys, too!

  3. says

    We’re completely decluttering our home to hopefully put on the market in a month. We took some kids clothes to consignment shops, but most we donated. Toys we gave to little ones that my teens now babysit for. The hardest part was stuff up in the attic from MY childhood. Some stuff I can’t bear to just throw out!

  4. Lindsey C. says

    Love the tips! Being married to a teacher is just as bad as having kids in school, he brings home so many germs, and we’re the ones who get sick, not him!

  5. deb p says

    We have a yard sale first ,then we give things to Goodwell . That way the things won’t end up back in the house. We do this a couple times a year.

  6. polly says

    I love your tips…I would never thought of making my own furniture cleaner-thanks for sharing it with us!

  7. Mary Ann Knox says

    This is what I have been doing this summer – decluttering each room & donating to charitable organizations and cleaning from top to bottom!

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