In the summer it is tough to keep up with house cleaning if you have children at home that are constantly creating mess and taking up your time. When children come to go back to school though it is time to get your home back in order, however this can take time and can be as intensive as a spring clean as you get everything back where it belongs and try and get children’s rooms back to some semblance of organization.
If you try to get your house cleaning done just before the children go back to school you may think you’ll have it done and out of the way so when the children are in school again you can get back to your normal daily routine. You may even think that your children, bored as they can be towards the end of the holidays, may want to help you or be able to tidy their own rooms. One problem of course is that you get something tidy and it could easily be back to messy again as soon as you turn your back.
If you get your children to help tidy their rooms though it can sometimes be more effort than just waiting until they return to school and doing it yourself. Children have a tendency while tidying to want to play with everything they come across, they also often find toys and games they forgot they had and so start actually getting out things that were put away: and if not while your helping them tidy their rooms then they may decide to do this afterwards. Leave your children to it to tidy their rooms without your help and progress is often slow, how they put items away can often be inefficient and it can be advantageous for you to know where they are putting things, partly in case they forget.
Also it is good to clean as you tidy with children’s rooms, as with any part of your house cleaning, thereby not just putting things away but making sure they are put away clean. Items and surfaces can be dusted, and disinfected if needed, clothes can be organized and dirty washing taken away, you may also want to pack away some summer clothes.
Doing house cleaning jobs including children’s rooms yourself once they are out of the way can be less stressful if you are going to have the spare time during the day, though one disadvantage is that children coming home from school and finding their rooms tidied often seem to want the one thing you have put away in the wrong place and so proceed to tear the place apart looking for it.
Of course in some cases the toys, games or other possessions they are looking for can’t be found as they are gone, one very real advantage of doing post school holiday house cleaning with the children in school is you can throw old items away that you think they no longer need or use without them being able to object: just keep items stored away somewhere such as the loft for a while just in case they are more attached than you realize and do want something back, often though after a few months when they haven’t asked you where something is this is good enough proof that they won’t miss it.