It’s Vacation Time!
Summer is here, which means it is finally time for vacation!
Whether you are preparing to leave or coming home from a vacation, the process of packing and unpacking can leave your house in a mess. In order to prevent the stress of coming home to a messy house, there are a few important steps to making packing and unpacking a tidy process.
The first thing you should do while packing is make a list of what you will need for your trip. By having a detailed list, you are reducing the risk of randomly grabbing things from the closet to throw in your bag, or over-packing and having to take things out. The list is also helpful to ensure that you do not forget anything you may need for the vacation. Once you finish adding items from your list, go through it again and physically check off the things you have packed to avoid missing anything.
Once you have efficiently packed, you may want to ensure that the rest of your house is tidy as well. If you leave for vacation with a clean house, you will not have to worry about returning home to a mess. The end of vacation is already a bummer. The last thing you want to do when you return is more cleaning.
This does not mean that you have to deep clean your entire house, but there are some specific things you may want to tidy up. Put your clothes and dishes away, vacuum main areas, sweep the floors, wipe down your counters, and take care of any other regular cleaning chores. If you want to clean further and make sure everything is extra tidy, go for it. The cleaner your house is before your vacation, the less you have to do when you return.
While it is important to pack well, it is even more important to unpack productively in order to keep your house clean once you return. After a nice, relaxing vacation the last thing on your mind will be to immediately unpack and organize your things. However, if you do this, you will avoid the all too common habit of dropping your suitcase of dirty clothes at the door. Instead of leaving it there until you finally get sick of seeing it, go ahead and put everything away.
It will take less time than you think, because most of the clothes will go straight into the dirty clothes hamper. You won’t regret it tomorrow!
You should be able to enjoy your much-needed vacation, and by following these few steps you can avoid the stress of a messy home. Instead, you will be able to relax and make the best use of your time off.
Making Cleaning Fun for Kids
Let’s face it, kids are messy. Some of the most fun moments leave both the house and kids covered in dirt and food. However, things cannot be left dirty forever. What happens when it is time to clean the mess up? Encouraging your children to happily clean may seem a bit impossible. It has the potential to lead to temper tantrums, bad attitudes and a spoiled day. The key is to find ways to make cleaning more enjoyable for them so that it does not feel like such a chore.
Here are a few ideas to make cleaning more fun:
Turn Cleaning into a Game:
If you have a child that is a bit more competitive, challenge them to clean their room as fast as they can. You can even build on this idea and save scores. Write down their times on a dry erase board, and next time they are dragging their feet to clean up, challenge them to try and beat their fastest time.
Make a list of tasks that you want to get done and set a time for the entire family to complete them together. Your children will see that they are not the only one who has to clean, and they will feel included. When the family works together, the cleaning will also go by faster.
Be careful not to set lofty goals for your child. Make sure that their tasks are both reachable and manageable, and allow them to take breaks for a snack or a hug. Breaks are a healthy thing as long as they promise to finish cleaning afterwards.
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Whether it is stickers, candy or points that lead to a bigger prize, rewarding a child for cleaning up is one of the best tricks to make cleaning fun. Not only do the children get the job done, but they also receive a positive reward for achieving what was asked of them. You can even use a chart, as mentioned above, to track their progress to reach a larger reward. Smiles will replace tears as kids learn that hard work pays off.
Encouraging children to clean does not have to be a difficult and dangerous task. You can easily make chores fun for your children by using these tips and tricks. You may even find that your child comes to look forward to cleaning time.