- Give everyone 3 tasks to do every single day. Why three tasks? Everyone can remember what they have to do, it builds a habit, and it gives them responsibility. My recommendation? The 3 tasks that my kids have to complete are – make their beds, put away clothes (clean and dirty laundry), and straighten their rooms.
- Get out. The more time you spend out of the house, the less mess you’ll be creating inside the house. Enjoy the weather, play in the yard, go to a pool, the park, and the library. Make the most of the summer!
- Eat outside. When my kids were littler we’d do stroller picnics just about every day for lunch, and now we do picnics outside for lunch. This keeps the food mess outside and it’s so much more fun to eat outside anyway.
- One thing in and one thing out. It’s a hard habit to get kids to do, but if they put things away after they use them it will keep things tidier and make it easier for clean up later. Lazy summer afternoons can be a great time to sort through toys and games and weed out stuff that isn’t getting much use anymore. Kids (generally) like sorting jobs like organizing Legos and other toys with small pieces. Give them a little direction and let them be in charge of the organization of their toys.
- Let the kids clean with you. Choose age-appropriate cleaning tasks and let your kids clean right along with you. Give them a mini cleaning bucket or tote, a spray bottle with water or non-toxic cleaner, a duster, and a microfiber cloth and they can dust and clean their rooms and the rest of the house right along with you.
Here are some highlights from the Asthma/Allergy section of our most downloadable PDF, CLEAN IN: The DIY House Cleaning Program. Follow these tips and you’ll be well prepared for an early, and long, asthma and allergy season!
- Replace your pillows. Dust mites are one of the main culprits when it comes to asthma and allergy attacks. Do you know how they LOVE to hang out in your bedding? Launder pillows every three months.
- Replace your mattress. Yep. If you haven’t replaced your mattress in 7 years and you experience sneezing, coughing or congestion upon waking, it’s time.
- Use pillow and mattress covers to prevent dust mites from infiltrating your new mattress. Launder them in hot water once every one or three months, respectively.
- Vacuum books & shelves and dust decorative objects now, and repeat every three months.
- Clean carpets, drapes and upholstery and repeat every six months.
- Wash area rugs and repeat every three months.
- Dust and/or wash fan blades and light fixtures and repeat every three months.
- Use quality walk-in mats to stop more dust, dirt and pollen at the door.
- Don’t make your bed. We said it. Oh yes we did. Dust mites HATE light. So throw back the covers, open the blinds, let the sun shine in, and whisper a silent apology to your mother.
- Eliminate synthetic fragrances from your cleaning products. Fragrances in cleaning products is a year-round concern, not a seasonal one. They can trigger asthma and allergy attacks (and more severe health problems) yet they don’t add any cleaning benefit!
Maid Brigade’s D-I-Y House Cleaning Program is a comprehensive schedule to follow for a healthy, clean home throughout the year. Inside you’ll find the 4 essential components to maintain a clean home, now through the holidays: Program 1. Annual cleaning plan 2. Weekly cleaning tasks 3. Seasonal cleaning tasks 4. Asthma & allergy cleaning plan.
Click here to download the comprehensive plan. Maid Brigade Clean In Plan