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- Scrub grout in the kitchen and bathroom.
- Wash pillow and mattress protectors as well as duvet covers.
- Discard any food in the freezer that has become freezer burnt or is past its time.
- Wax any wood floors your home may have.
- Dust fans you have throughout your home. Don’t forget to do this in the winter when they are not in use to avoid build-up.
- Wipe down and disinfect light switch plates and door knobs.
- Wipe down and disinfect your home phones and your family’s cell phones.
- Flush drains. Try a natural solution by pouring baking soda down drains and allowing to sit overnight to deodorize. In the morning pour hot water down the drain to rinse the baking soda out and flush the drain.
- Wipe down walls, doors and baseboards.
- Check the fire alarms throughout your home and replace any batteries when necessary.
- Dust each room in your home.
- Empty all trash bins throughout your home. Don’t forget smaller, less used baskets like in your child’s room or in the office.
- Clean sinks, toilets, and bath of any soap scum or buildup.
- Vacuum and mop the floors throughout your home.
- Wipe down surfaces like tables and counters.
- Clean mirrors and windows.
- Wash sheets and pillowcases.
- Sort through your mail and email inbox. Pay any upcoming bill and file paperwork as necessary.
- Clean fridge out of any food that has gone past its expiration.
- Wipe down appliances in the kitchen such as the microwave, stove, and toaster.
- Wipe down and deodorize trashcans and recycling bins.
- Put out fresh towels in your bathrooms and kitchen
- Tidy up. Keep on top of clutter by putting items away when they are no longer in use.
- Make the beds and if your children are old enough encourage them to make theirs.
- Sort out mail. File and discard as necessary.
- Clean up as you prepare meals to leave time to relax after dinner time instead of spending another hour in the kitchen.
- Wipe up any spills as they happen to avoid having to use elbow grease to clean up later.
- Sweep the kitchen floor and any other high traffic areas.
- Throw in a load of laundry. If you have a large family make laundry more manageable by doing a load a day.
A house full of furniture isn't the only thing that makes a house seem too small. Young,energetic children make a house seem too small as well. And it doesn't take them long.
You don't have to be a single parent to feel s if it's impossible to get five minutes to yourself because your children are either always calling for you or right at your side. If you have two or more young children, feeling as if you never get much time to yourself may be compounded with competitiveness and fighting.
Spaces that make a house kid friendly
As much as you want your kids to get along, you're constantly refereeing and breaking up fights. You could move into a bigger house to give your children more space. You could also look for a house that has perfect spaces for children.
Amenities and spaces that children love are, most of all, durable. Children can climb in these areas without fear of injuring themselves. Among these great spaces are:
- Finished basements with concealed wiring - Lack of sharp corners and securely covered wiring help to make a finished basement safe for children to play in. If the basement is carpeted, all the better. Another thing that makes a finished basement a great space for children is lack of metal or cement poles. Older houses were built with one or more cement poles in the basement. Without these poles, children can run and play without the risk of running into a large, solid object.
- Open attic - Similar to a finished basement, a finished, open attic offers lots of open space for children to play in, especially if the attic covers the entire top area of your house. For safety, make sure that the attic is properly insulated. Also, check that the attic window is secure and that children won't be able to open the window.
- Screened in porch - A front or back porch that's screened in offers shelter from weather elements, allowing children to play outside even if it's raining mildly. During hot weather, a screened in porch is a great place for young children to play in without being directly in the heat.
- Backyard - You don't just want any backyard. Go for a house that has a backyard that's fenced in. Make sure that the fence is tall enough so that children can't climb it. Stay nearby while young children play outside. As you still want to keep a watchful eye on young children while they're outdoors, even if they're still in your yard.
- Open floor living room - A living room with an open floor plan makes it easy for you to see your young children while they amuse themselves with games, reading or playing with friends or siblings.
A house that's designed with children friendly spaces can help you to relax. These homes offer more playing room and safety. Not only will your children enjoy playing in these spaces, you'll feel as if you have more freedom to do what you want while your children amuse and entertain themselves.