Summer is officially over and the kids are back in school! However it’s still going to be warm, and this presents a window of opportunity for you to get your house back in order before the cold weather sets in. Here are some tips on how you can take full advantage:

Create a Cleaning Schedule
Creating a schedule for the children encourages them to resume normal responsibilities after the long summer break. Their involvement in the cleaning process can help you immensely and you can use a reward system to provide increased motivation.

Declutter the House
If you have a number of things laying around that you don’t need then it may be a sign that your home is due for some decluttering. Objects that you have no use for should be sold, dumped or given away. You should also try to rearrange objects to maximise the space you have available. Decluttering can be overwhelming so don’t be afraid to get extra help if you can. Also you should ask the kids if they have things they don’t need.

Make your carpet clean again
After the rigours of the summer holidays your carpet deserves a cleaning. Ideally it should be steam cleaned (to get all the dirt and dust that has accumulated over the weeks) rather than vacuumed. One this is done you can vacuum for regular maintenance.

Make regular use of doormats
Given that your kids are going to be in and out of the house regularly it would be best to not allow shoes in the house. If you place a doormat outside the entrance this would encourage people to keep the dust out as well as reinforce the rule among your children.

Keep household appliances clean
When cleaning appliances such as washing machines are constantly at work, we must remember that they need cleaning themselves. The residue and odours they pick up can reduce their level of effectiveness. Using a clean cloth and some vinegar, you can wipe down these machines to remove any residue and odours.

It may not be necessary, but sometimes you can hire the services of a professional to do the job for you.