Cleaning Tips & Tricks

Cleaning Tips & Tricks

Here's a few tips to make cleaning quick and easy. Dishes: 1. Older children can be responsible for washing their own dishes. If you can, buy sets according to color, and assign them each 1 color. Then, if it's not washed, you know who used it last. They only need 1 set if they are doing

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    Here's a few tips to make cleaning quick and easy.

    Dishes:

    1. Older children can be responsible for washing their own dishes.
    If you can, buy sets according to color, and assign them each 1
    color. Then, if it's not washed, you know who used it last. They
    only need 1 set if they are doing them as they should. Younger
    children can help you by rinsing, drying, and putting away.

    2. Doing the dishes after each meal takes a lot less time than
    letting them all build up over several meals.

    3. Load the dishwasher (if you have one) through out the day, and
    run it once it's full. To save money, don't run the drying cycle.
    Instead, just open the door and pull the bottom rack out most of the
    way, and the top rack partially.

    Around the house

    1. Get a laundry basket for each kid, and have them walk through the
    house with it once a day to pick up any of their things scattered
    about- clothing, books, toys, ipods, cell phones, etc. Make a game
    of it for the younger kids. Anything missed goes into a big box, and
    put away for a week.

    2. Get a file folder for corrected school work that comes home, so
    it doesn't wind up cluttering end tables, desks, and piles on the
    floor.

    3. Schedule 1 day when everyone is home for a thourough cleaning-
    vaccumming, dusting, catching up on all dishes, cleaning the
    bathrooms, windows, etc. Do this in the morning to avoid putting it
    off, and the house will feel much cleaner through out the week, and
    clutter won't get a chance to build.

    4. Designate a box or laundry basket for give away items. As you do
    a thourough cleaning, or even just a spot cleaning, toss items into
    the box that you don't use, don't fit, don't wear, or just don't
    want. Once a month, post it to freecycle, or donate it.

    5. Schedule 1 small daily chore for each child- whether it's picking
    up newspaper, or taking any dirty dishes to the kitchen, or sweeping
    the floor, or taking the garbage out, etc. Mix it up so each child
    rotates what they do. A 10 minute clean up each day keeps things
    looking nice, and makes it easier to do a thourough cleaning.

    6. Make it fun. Put in some fun upbeat dance music, and blast it (if
    you can) and dance around while cleaning. No one is watching except
    the kids, and if they think it's fun, they'll be MUCH more likely to
    do it!

    7. Skip making the bed. Does anyone see your bedroom? Is it just
    going to be messed up again? If it doesn't bother you to see it
    messy, then don't make it. There are little jobs that we do that
    just do not need to be done all the time.

    8. Keep an extra couple of trash bags in the bottom of the trash can
    so they are right there when you pull the garbage out. Or, better
    yet, set up 3 or 4 bags, so when 1 is pulled out, there's already
    another one in place.

    9. Get small baskets to put on a shelf, 1 for each child. If they
    have small things they use in the shared living space, such as
    books, school stuff, etc, allow them to keep it in their basket to
    avoid going back and forth to get it and take care of it.

    10. Don't be afriad to take 10 minutes to just sit down. Take a
    break, you deserve it. Your children don't care if you didn't get
    the bathroom mirror wiped down, or the tv dusted off immediatly.
    Take time to enjoy life, even if the house is a bit on the messy
    side still.


    Keep in mind when using cleaning products and soaps-

    Antibacterial isn't always best, and can be more harmful to children
    than allowing them to be occasionally exposed to germs! More and
    more germs are becoming resistant to the anti-bacterial products!
    And children who are never exposed to a germ will never have a body
    that learns to fight it off.

    Obviously there are exceptions, but kids 50 years ago lived just
    fine when Mom only used hot water to wipe off the counters!
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    Thought all your tips were great. Thanks for sending them. Can't do this one though.

    Skip making the bed. Does anyone see your bedroom? Is it just going to be messed up again? If it doesn't bother you to see it messy, then don't make it.

    Unfortunately, I am one who is bothered by a bed not made and I can't stand to go to bed in one that is messed up.

    I've timed it--and it only takes a couple of minutes to smooth up the sheets and make the bed. I do this for me--not anyone else.

    If it wasn't so much work--I would change the sheets every day. Clean sheets feel wonderful.

    Now--if it didn't bother me--I would leave it messy and not feel one bit guilty about it. LOL

    Thanks again for the good tips.



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    About making the bed, I heard/saw/read somewhere that
    making your bed actually encourages bed bugs because
    the moisture from your body sleeping in the bed
    overnight stays is entrapped in the bed when made -
    which allows bed bugs to thrive. It is suggested that
    people not make their beds to discourage bed bugs.

    Just what I heard. Not sure how accurate it is.

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    Not bed bugs, but dust mites. Bed bugs don't often live in the bedding, but in the stitching & piping around the edges of the mattress, inside the box spring, in the bed frame, headboards & footboards & anywhere else they can find a dark place to hide. Dust mites, on the other hand, apparently like the moisture left after the bed has been slept in, according to an article I read. I recently saw a list of household chores from the late 1800's or early 1900's & one of the items listed was turning back the bedclothes & airing the bed for a while before making it. Seem they were a lot smarter about some things than we are!

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    so, not making the bed is actually HEALTHIER, hmmm? Good to know :]. Did it say anything about not cleaning the toilet being better for my family? Wishful thinking!

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    I have a daily chore list for our family that I hang up. We change it every 2 weeks. Each person has to do one of these; set the table, clean the table, rinse dished, load the dishes and unload the dishes. These are daily chores that take time for one person to do daily (it would be me). Our weekly chores are; vacuum, dust, wipe glass and mirrors and empty all trash cans in the house. As for rest of the chores like laundry, moping, watering plants, putting all mail where it belong etc. are my chore. Even though it looks like all the chores are shared with family members, there is still allot to do that is hard to assign to anyon so I do them.

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