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Back To School: Fall Cleanup Checklist
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Get ready for fall! With summer drawn to a close, the new season is the perfect interlu
de to get your house in order for the coming school year.
Fall organizing and cleaning can be overwhelming, especially for working students and parents, but a clean house will provide a sense of calm, and a haven throughout the rest of the year.
Home Clean Home can help you start the new season fresh. We have a list of handy tips to help you organize, declutter and clean to get your family on schedule for school. If you need help getting your house in order, we can help! For a complete list of our housekeeping services, click here.
Clean: If you have kids, why not enlist them as helpers? Kids can clean and polish their things, so that the objects in their rooms are not grimy and dusty during the school year. Create a place where kids can air out their clothes they wore that day. For easy, fresh hang up later, throw recently worn, lightly soiled items over a room divider. Likewise, throw a heavy comforter over the door to air it out for a few hours, and when you or your kids arrive from school, they just have to toss it over the bed to make it. Simple things like this can help keep the room tidier throughout the school year.
Organize: Rather than chasing after your children all year to clean their rooms, take some time to help them organize now. Creating a
place for every object in a room helps children to know where to put things back when their done. At HCH, we can build display cubbies, alcoves and shelves, as well as help organize things such as toys, books, jewelry, clothes and other belongings to help keep your family organized as the year goes on. Make sure all your dresser-tops are clean and clutter free. Then add a bowl for change, a tray for keys, or a box for jewelry, to help minimize potential messes.
Declutter: If there is still a lot of clutter in your child’s room, don’t despair. Look at their rooms and see what messes they have the most often. Still leaving toys everywhere? Storing less used items in another place, or below eye level, can help to create more room for other things. Too many clothes on the floor still? HCH can help you reduce clutter. We can take extra items, such as summer clothes, to a storage facility, build shelves in your storage unit to help you safely stow items, and create or find additional storage space in your home.
Study and Office Areas
Clean: A clean work area can help you get your or your children on schedule for school. Fall is obviously a great time to refresh your a study area. Stock up on extra school and office supplies! Keeping your desk clean is a great way to keep a calm mind and clear head when it comes time to study, or to help your children focus.
Many people do not know how long to hold on to old papers. Some papers you can dispose of immediately, and some should be held onto. Files about investments in your home you should keep until you sell it, while monthly bills can be disposed of as soon as you get a confirmation. The IRS asks you to hold onto tax bills for seven years.
Declutter: For children, teaching them how to create a space for homework and school supplies can cut down on clutter in the rest of your home. Get rid of broken school supplies, and stock up on some newer, more useful ones. Then, make sure they all have a home, so they don’t end up everywhere.
Adding a calendar to the wall can be a great way to mark down events and then throw away the invites, so that you don’t miss them, but that they don’t’ clutter up your desk.
Create a separate folder for tax information and housing records so that they don’t get mixed up with your accounts payable and receivable. We can also help you declutter your home office. If you need someone to help you go through your papers with you, we can bring a paper shredder.
Organize: It’s easy to tell how effective someone is by taking a look at their desk. If papers are lying everywhere, or shoved in folders, you can bet they probably haven’t looked at them.For adults, where desks double as bill centers, proper organization is even more critical. If you don’t have somewhere to stow loose paper clips, fresh paper, pens, or incoming notices, it can be hard to find them when you need them. An organizational system can be helpful to anyone.
Organize: Come up with a filing system that works for you. A few stackable trays and folders probably won’t cut it, although creating an in and an out box, or accounts payable and receivable, can help you keep track of to-dos. It might be better to dust off an old filing cabinet, or buy a new one. And they don’t have to be ugly or unwieldy, or expensive. Filing cabinets range from large to small, and can help you to organize loose papers.
Living room and common areas
Clean: High traffic areas acquire the most grime. Cleaning and decluttering them can give you that clean house feel, and allow you or your children to better focus after a busy day.
After lazy summer days, take the time to wash these areas from top to bottom. Floors, baseboards, walls and windows are all fair game. Move furniture and clean under it. It’s even a good time to clean out bowl light fixtures on your ceiling, or wash your drapes.
HCH can offer you the benefit of our expertise.
If you’ve done your best to eliminate the grime, we can come clean it for you. We can also help you strip and wax your floors. For a heavy clean try using an all-natural emulsifier like our HCH Pine Cleaner for high gloss surfaces: just a quarter of a cup in a gallon of water is enough to instantly make your walls several shades lighter.
Declutter: If you’re living room is starting to overflow with stuff, begin by clearing off surfaces, and cleaning up your home office. The same goes for the hallways: you don’t want to have things piled up on the floor, or falling off of shelves. Try relocating items from the hallway into other storage, or taking this time to organize and put them away. If that zen look still evades you, HCH specializes in clutter clean-up.
Organize: If you have a lot of clutter, organizing things into categories and groups will help you decide what space you have to store or display or put them away. We can also help you build shelves, storage and displays for your valuables and collections.
Clean: Time to dust off the kitchen!
If you didn’t cook a lot or ordered out during the summer, this fall can be a great time to heavy clean your oven for the coming holiday season Home Clean Home, we can help you with heavy cleaning and organizing.
Organize: We can help you organize and or repair your cupboards and shelves and pantry, and arrange your pant fridge or freezer. We can build extra shelving for you or a pantry if you need more space. This is also the perfect time to stock up on healthy snacks for school, and frozen veggies!
Declutter: Time also to throw away leaking ice cream, or clean out your vegetable drawer, and maybe your pantry, so you can swap out summer junk food with healthy school. Clear off your counters for a cleaner look, throwing away old summer snacks or unused appliances.
Out with the old, in with the new! Get out your winter duvet. Update fall fashions, or pull your fall and winter clothes out of storage.
Clean: HCH can also Green Steam Clean out that moth smell out of items, and release old wrinkles.
Declutter: It’s a good time to get rid of clothes that are too small, or worn out. If you don’t want to throw away clothes that don’t fit any more, there are some options. Why not put them in storage, or donate them? We can help you with all of these options.
If there is something that you haven’t worn in over a year, this could be also be a great time to swap it at a used clothing store.You can also avoid clutter by investing in classic, timeless items, in base colors, rather than investing in the color of the moment.
Organize: With the chance of seasons, store summer clothes and swap out your fall or winter items, to maximize space. We can help you hang up your winter coats, pull them out of storage, or in preparation for the season around the corner.
Clean, Clean, Clean: Time to clean out that beach sand! A bathroom deep clean means that the room may only need touch-ups throughout the season. However, if you’ve been avoiding it because you hate scrubbing, HCH has a solution. Instead of elbow grease, try our HCH BioClean Enzyme Digestant®. It will painlessly clean bathroom tiles and grout.You can also put it in a spray bottle, and use it as a bathroom cleaner throughout the year. We also use it for our cat hoarder clean up projects, so you can finally achieve that fresh smell you’ve desired in your home.