How to Design a Child-Friendly Cleaning Schedule

Guest Post: James is a writer and cleaning expert from the UK. He’s currently editor of SpotlessVacuum.co.uk, which is a site dedicated to helping consumers buy the right vacuum cleaner. When he’s not writing, he enjoys long hiking trips with his family and two dogs.  

How to Design a Child-Friendly Cleaning Schedule

With the holiday season fast approaching, you’re probably searching for ways to make cleaning more efficient. It’s hard enough keeping a house tidy during the rest of the year – add over-excited children, presents, and mountains of food, and you have the perfect recipe for stress!

That’s why I’ve put together a step-by-step guide to designing a cleaning schedule that works for you and your children. Creating a schedule might seem like a lot of work, but it can help you clean the house faster so you can spend more time enjoying the holidays.

Step 1: Write Down All the Tasks You Need to Complete

Trying to remember each chore can make you feel like you’re constantly playing catch up. For this reason, the first step is to write down everything you need to clean and how often.

This list should be specific to your house and children. It should also contain everything – including infrequent chores. Even if you only need to clean the grout once a month, it still goes on the list.

Step 2: Decide Whether You Need Any New Tools

Most tasks don’t need fancy tools or appliances, but if you’re spending more time on a chore than you should be then it might be worth upgrading.

A good example is a vacuum cleaner. The best vacuum cleaners can make quick work of dust, dirt and pet hair. They can also tackle tough tasks like cleaning a car, by making it easy to remove dirt under seats or in glove compartments. Low-quality models, on the other hand, have weak suction power and often struggle to pick up dirt. This means you’ll spend more time cleaning for worse results.

Step 3: Choose Your Timings

There are many ways you can design a cleaning schedule. Here are some of the most common options:

  • The Weekly “Blow Out.” In this schedule, you do most of your cleaning chores during a single day of the week. It’s great if you work long hours or just don’t have time during the week – but it’s potentially the most stressful.
  • Daily Timed Sessions. One of my favorite cleaning schedules is to set a timer for a fixed length of time each day. You clean until the timer goes, then continue the next day where you left off.
  • The Ultra Schedule. If you want to be completely organized, you can use an app like Todoist to schedule every task in advance. You could, for example, schedule vacuuming once a week on Fridays, laundry every other day and mowing the lawn twice a month on Saturdays. You’ll never miss a chore with this method, but it’s also the least flexible.
  • Room-By-Room. Another option is to assign each room a day of the week. You then complete all the cleaning chores for that room on the specified day.

The right option depends on you and your children’s lives. Do your kids have lots of after-school activities and events? If so, a mixture of quick cleans in the evening and a longer session at the weekend might be a good choice. Do you spend all-day Saturday at your child’s sports games? Then a schedule that spreads out cleaning evenly throughout the week might be a better choice.

Step 4: Fit Tasks Into Your Schedule

Now you know which tasks need to be completed and when you’re planning to clean, the next step is to fit everything together. This is easier than it sounds, but how you create your schedule depends on the type you chose.

If you’re using daily timed sessions, for example, you can just write a long list of chores and work through them in order. The great thing about this method is that you don’t need to worry about finishing everything in one session, as you know you’ll continue tomorrow.

For the weekly blow-out option, write a list of everything that needs to be done on your cleaning day. You could also create a separate list of chores that need to be completed during the week (such as laundry or dishwashing).

Step 5: Remember to be Adaptable

The purpose of a cleaning schedule is to reduce stress and help you clean more effectively. While it’s important to stick to the routine, don’t worry if you miss a day. The schedule is for you – it should never be another source of stress.

This is especially important during the holiday season. There are going to be unexpected chores and clean-ups, which may mean you don’t have time for your scheduled tasks. This is fine – just adapt the schedule and move on.

Summary

I hope this article has helped you design a cleaning schedule that’s faster and less stressful. It might seem like a daunting process, but it doesn’t need to be perfect or set in stone. Give it a try – especially if you’re already starting to worry about the holiday season mess!

How did you like this article?  Do you think these tips will help you this holiday season?

Let me know what your Holiday cleaning schedule consists of this year?

Have a happy healthy Holiday!!!

Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

Kid Friendly House Cleaning Tips to Try Today (Guest Post)

This is a guest post by Michael from ThinkCrucial.com, a home improvement brand that helps people save money on replacement parts.

Kid Friendly House Cleaning Tips to Try Today

When you have a child, there is one more person making a mess and not cleaning it up, which can lead to some overwhelming clutter. While your child shouldn’t be handling toilet cleaner at the age of three or fixing light bulbs at the age of six, there are plenty age appropriate tasks your child can help with around the house. There may not be enough time in between all of the everyday tasks you need to complete to spend time cleaning, so here are some timely, kid-friendly tips for cleaning that you can try today.

Make a Chore Chart

Get creative with this tip and make a simple or themed chore chart. Your kids can be earning different items (made from paper) like Olympic medals or balloons, and once they’ve earned enough, they can redeem their earnings for a prize. You can make a chart online of different chores that need to be done and who should do them, print it out, and hang it somewhere that’s easily seen. If you put yourself and your significant other on the chore chart, you can even reward yourself for getting your work done and your child sees that they’re not the only one doing things around the house.

Don’t Use Harsh Chemical Cleaners

A quick trip to the store can get you some vinegar, hydrogen peroxide or any other child-safe cleaner. If your kids will be helping with the cleaning up, you won’t want to be using bleach or any other harsh chemical. Not only are harsher chemicals not safe for your child, but kids can spill it on other fabrics and ruin valuables. Hydrogen peroxide can be used to whiten, vinegar to get out smells, and other child safe cleaners can teach your child how to clean while not hurting them.

Have a Cleaning Competition

If you have more than one kid, you can give them separate tasks to clean the same room or different rooms as quickly and as well as they can. One child can clean up wearable items while the other cleans up trash and playthings, or someone cleans the living room while the other cleans the kitchen. Whoever cleans up the fastest gets a prize. The cleaning will be done faster and you can judge the winner by how well they cleaned up so they have the incentive to clean up quickly, but efficiently.

Make Clean Up Cards

Sometimes it’s helpful to put the different cleaning tasks in writing. If your child can read, make clean up cards that give details and pictures for what needs to be done in any room they’ll be cleaning. It can be daunting for a child to try to clean a whole bathroom, but if there are instructions written down, they can complete the task in stages to make cleaning more manageable. They also won’t forget how to do it if it’s written down for them.

Use a Song as a Time frame

Incorporating dance into your child’s cleaning routine can make the task more fun while also giving a time for the task to be completed by. You can have your child wipe up a mess they made, clean up clothes, or sweep while playing their favorite song. The cleaning is done quickly and it takes minimal effort to put on the song. Then, they can dance for the rest of the song if they complete the task early enough.

Try Your Best to Prevent the Mess

Child proofing your home is not only beneficial for your child’s safety but your sanity as well. Putting a childproof lock on easy-to-reach cabinets can help prevent a mess to clean up in the first place. Move anything breakable higher up so your kids can’t reach it. You can also purchase bowls or cups that make it harder for your child to make a mess everywhere. You have less to worry about if there’s not as much mess, to begin with.

Accidents happen, so of course, messes will be a part of your life if you have children. There are plenty of kid friendly ways to make the kids involved in the cleaning up process so you don’t have to do everything yourself. So try these tips to save time and get your kids to clean up after themselves. It teaches responsibility and helps keep you sane.

 

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Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

Chocolate Stains: How to remove from Children’s Clothes

Chocolate is a temptation for both young children and adults. We may find this sweet delight in different forms- chocolate spread, chocolate cookies, normal chocolate candies etc. Who has not grated at least one in his/her life with the spoon in the empty jar of chocolate? Not to mention the children, who usually eat the chocolate with all of their face. The proud mothers of these children are constantly looking for a way to remove the stubborn stains from the clothes, the carpet or the upholstery. In this article I would like to give you advice about how you can get rid of the chocolate stains once and for all.

The first thing you need to do is to be fast in your reaction. The sooner you take care of the chocolate stains, the better. Do not throw the clothes with the stains in the washing machine because the stain can not only remain, but it can also spread to the other clothes in the washing machine. So, think twice before you opt for the easiest way. If you want to get rid of the stain, treat the stain while it is still fresh. Scrape any pieces of chocolate which remain, but keep in mind that you need to be careful in doing this otherwise there is a chance of spreading the chocolate around and making the stain even bigger. If you want you can even put the garment with the stain in the fridge for a while, until the chocolate strengthen. It will be easier for you to remove the extra pieces of chocolate and avoid its spreading.

Secondly, apply a liquid stain remover and wait till it soaks into the stain. Now, you can put it in the washing machine for laundry. Contrary to the expectations, do not use hot water because it can “seal” the stain. Do not underestimate the inside tag for washing instructions. If the garment is white, you can add bleach as well.

But what if the stain still remains? Then be smart and pay attention on what the chocolate consists of… the answer is hidden there. Most of the chocolates have milk as their main ingredient. So, soak the stain in enzyme-based detergent to remove it. Enzymes will absorb the dairy ingredients in the chocolate.

The chocolate stains can appear not only on your clothing, but also on the carpet. Do not be afraid of it, it is not the end of your carpet. Start with vacuum cleaning of the extra crumbs from the floor. This will prevent you to step on them, smash them and make the situation even worse. So far, it is pretty much the same with the clothing. Then you can apply stain remover, but CarpetCleaning Chelsea advises to be careful with it, especially if your carpet is colorful. Because of the chemicals, some detergents can wash away the colors. Do not rub the stain, just leave the detergent absorb into the tissues of the carpet. After that put a towel or a kitchen paper over the problematic area and press it hard to it, again without rubbing. The idea in doing this is to absorb the moisture from the detergent. Do not use hair dryer to make the stain dry faster, because if the stain is not cleaned perfectly, the hot air will “seal” the stain and you cannot get rid of it.

With the upholstery you need to be a bit more careful. The problem is that its fabric is very fragile and thin. In cleaning the stains from the upholstery, one basic rule is never to apply detergent which consists bleach on it. Otherwise, you will not only clean the stains, but also you will get rid of the color. If you still like the color of your upholstery, and you just want to get rid of the chocolate stain on it, you may mix soap and water and apply it on the stain. Then leave it to dry by itself.

It may happen to anybody to spill something. Do not lose your temper in such cases. Even the chocolate stains can be removed if you know how to do it. In conclusion I can advise two things: first- do not wait till the stain absorbs in the tissues and second- do not rub the stains if you do not want to make a big shapeless figure on your brand new upholstery or dress.

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Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.