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Get Your Home Spick and Span Before the Holidays

Is it just me or does time seem to speed up toward the end of the year?  How did I blink and it is already time for Thanksgiving? The holiday season brings busy schedules and guests in our homes. There are ugly Christmas sweater parties, family celebrations, school parties, and projects, school, work, practices, and games. 

I would like a nap somewhere in there, and - oh yeah - there's the laundry mountain to climb and the dirty bathroom, not to mention the empty fridge needing to be restocked. To keep your head above the water (or above the dust bunnies) try implementing these four simple cleaning tips.   

1. Do One Task Per Day

A great way to make cleaning easier is to spread it out.  You don’t always need to do a 3-hour deep clean to yield tangible results. Instead, doing just one task per day makes it easy to stick to a new cleaning regime and feel like you accomplished your goal, even if it's as small as wiping down the counters and table.

Dust today, wipe down surfaces tomorrow, sweep the following day, and mop the next. Putting yourself on a one-task-per-day schedule makes cleaning feel less daunting and ensures that your home is constantly getting attention.

2. Clean While Cooking

If the clean-as-you-go cooking flow isn’t something you’re already practicing, start now. This small change in cooking behavior can save you from long clean up sessions after every meal.  You can get the dishwasher unloaded and reloaded, counters wiped, and trash out before the oven timer goes off!

3. Create a Daily Cleaning Ritual 

Doing a quick clean up every day is one of the best ways to improve your home’s cleanliness. Pick a time each day that cleaning can be incorporated easily and do small tasks around the home.  Whether you find time in the morning, during the afternoon, or before bed, a few minutes every day can be a useful addition to your cleaning routine.  Each night after I get kids in bed, I straighten the pillows on the couch, gather up the toys around the house, and put it in their rooms to be put up. There's nothing like waking up to a tidy home!

4. Get the Family Involved

Keeping your home clean is a team effort. We can all benefit by including our families in our updated cleanliness goals. They learn as a family, it is a team effort to tackle the chores, and you don't have to take on the daunting task alone.  Talk to your family about what you’re doing and why it’s important. Assign simple, daily tasks to everyone and watch the to-do list get checked off in record time. 

There is always a simple task for any age.  My three children ages 4 to 16, all help clean. Their chores are age-appropriate and include taking out the trash, unloading the dishwasher, washing and putting away their own clothes, wiping down their bathroom counter, emptying trash cans, picking up their toys, and caring for the family pets.
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