School is back in session. If you have children, that means your time is now split between packing lunches, helping with homework, driving to soccer practice and of course cleaning.
Unfortunately the last one might be put on the back-burner in favor of PTA meetings or simply just making it through the week. However, there are things you can do to set you and your family up for success. For short term cleaning solutions, this means adjusting your cleaning schedule. In the long-term, hiring a professional cleaning service will ensure that these tasks are always taken care of.
Staying the Course
Back to school causes a major disruption in your schedule. Everyone in the house is busier, including you, which makes less time for cleaning. It is important to integrate chores within everyone’s new schedules and make cleaning a priority. A clean environment can increase productivity and reduce stress. Even with this knowledge, your kids might not be so convinced. Here are a few tips to keep them on track:
Make it Fun
Though the word “chore” is often synonymous with “boring” and followed by, “I don’t want to,” there are ways that you can sell it to make chores more appealing. For instance, you can create a chore wheel. Everyone loves to spin wheels. Plus, having new chores that are assigned by chance instead of imposed on you makes it seem more like a game. Another way to convince your kids to help out cleaning is to time them. I used this technique on my younger sister almost everyday growing up. Whenever I wanted her to do something for me she always said no. Once I said, “I’ll time you,” the no changed to an enthusiastic “okay!” You can take it one step further by recording the times to see if your children can set new records. The easiest way to make cleaning more appealing is to offer incentives. This does not always need to be in the form an allowance, but can include more time spent on the computer, a chance to stay up a little later or dessert after dinner.
Get a Helping Hand
No matter if it is back to school time or not, cleaning can be a daunting task. When extra people are factored into the equation, it may feel chaotic. During the rush of the school season, your family may be coming in and out of the house – rummaging through the kitchen for an afternoon snack, sprawling out their homework on the living room floor, creating dirty laundry at a faster speed to avoid the trauma of wearing the same outfit twice in one week. Before this chaos becomes too much to handle, consider hiring professionals to lend a helping hand.
Professional cleaners like Lemieux’s Cleaning Company can provide you with the stability you need. You can customize a schedule that fits around the craziness of back to school season. Professional cleaners will keep your house at the same level of cleanliness no matter how busy your week is. Plus, with the majority of cleaning taken care of, you will have more time to spend with your family. More school may equal more chores, but more help equals less stress.