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
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.