When the days are long and the weather is hot, prioritizing household cleaning becomes a much more difficult task. Nonetheless, you must stay on top of your summertime cleaning to avoid unwanted guests like ants, roaches, and water bugs. Nothing would put a damper on your summer more than having to call your local pest control company to get rid of these pesky guys. It may be that you already have an established cleaning routine, or you are simply getting frustrated that your household chores are taking too much time out of the one day per week that you actually make an effort to clean. However, the following are some useful suggestions that you can use to lessen the burden of maintaining your home and take control of your cleaning routine during the summer, not to mention curb the “guests” from showing up.
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Don’t Let Things Pile Up
One of the hardest bad habits to break in order to maintain a constantly clean home is never allowing things to pile up in the first place. This rule can apply to specific chores like doing laundry and washing dishes, but it can be interpreted more holistically for approaching household cleaning in itself. Let’s face it, if you ignore your responsibilities, you are ultimately going to spend more time trotting through the piles of housework that you have left yourself. You’ll also be more frustrated with the tasks that you have to complete. Make sure that every time you leave a room you return things to their original
condition. Invest in storage options if you need additional spaces to stow things away in designated spaces to get the visual clutter out of sight and stay organized.
Create a Schedule for Cleaning
It’s really best not to wait for one specific day of the week, or month for that matter, for giving your home a good thorough cleaning. Try to create a weekly calendar in which you focus on particular rooms of your home, surfaces, and areas with high foot traffic to ensure that each space receives equal attention. If you dedicate fifteen minutes every weeknight for tasks like vacuuming, mopping, dusting, and even cleaning the bathroom you will find that your weekends are freer and the time you dedicate to cleaning tasks is significantly reduced. Don’t be afraid to encourage your family or housemates to contribute and help you stick to this schedule, thus completing these tasks even faster.
Cover and Take Out Recycling and Trash
Nothing sends a stronger message for unwanted visitors like uncovered trash and recycling receptacles that are not regularly addressed. Once your trash cans are nearing their maximum capacity, you should quickly inventory your home, fill up the rest
of the trash bag, and take out the full bag. The same rule applies to any indoor recycling containers. You should also rinse all recyclables before recycling them to prevent residue from attracting insects. Always keep your trash and recyclables covered to prevent pests from entering your home and increasing your chances of a full infestation.
Take Advantage of Your Freezer
During the summer months for trash, in particular, it can be especially helpful to take advantage of your freezer to help prevent bugs from coming in and reproducing in your trash bin. Common grocery items like meat packaging, sugary residue in used plastic containers, and even banana peels can quickly feed growing populations of fruit flies and other visitors. Make space in your freezer to chill these discarded and decomposing items in a well-wrapped plastic grocery bag. Once you take out your trash, remember to grab this bag from the freezer, and your risk of having to call the pest control company will be highly reduced.
Let Fresh Air In
Taking time to replenish the air within your home with fresh air from outdoors can do wonders for the breathability and cleanliness of a space. Sometimes air can get stagnant, smells can linger, and dust can accumulate. Opening your windows for even brief periods in the early mornings or evenings, when the temperatures are cooler, will add an instant sense of freshness to the air quality inside your home. So, there you have it. Take advantage of all that summer has to offer, but don’t be lazy about your household chores. These tasks can pile up over time, and the last thing you will want to do is spend full, beautiful summer days doing a complete household deep-cleaning only to let the mess frustratingly accumulate again without any routine upkeep.