Good Friday morning, all you marvelous Moppers. Another week is almost in the books, and what a difference a week makes, right? We went from wearing coats and sweaters, to putting on shorts and tank tops in just a couple of days. Looks like spring has finally sprung, and we’re totally A-OK with that!
What we’re not A-OK with is having to clean under the hot, hot sun. We don’t mind it, but who likes cleaning when it’s 1,000 degrees outside?
The answer: nobody!
Sadly, it has to be done, unless you want your home to look like you’ve been living in squalor all summer long.
Luckily, we’re here today with some tips for beating the heat this year, while still making your home look gorgeous regardless of the temperature.
1. Get Up Early/Stay Up Late
If you rise early like we do, take advantage of those cooler morning temperatures by getting some cleaning done. You don’t have to give things an immaculate deep clean, but you can sweep the kitchen, put dishes away, and maybe do some light dusting to help keep your home looking great.
Alternately, if you like to sleep in, then chances are you stay up late. When the sun goes down and things cool off, take some time to do your cleaning after hours. You’ll be amazed at how much you can get done in just an hour if you really set your mind to it.
2. Clean Without Cleaning
Want to know a secret? You don’t have to clean in the traditional sense to make your home look clean. Think of things you can do to give your home the appearance of clean, or at the very least, do the bare minimum required. For example: make your beds in the morning. It’s a small thing, but it goes a long way toward making things look neat and tidy. Also, you can pour some toilet bowl cleaner into your toilet at night before going to bed, then flush in the morning. Voila! A clean bowl without the scrubbing to work up a sweat. The same goes for running the dishwasher before bed. All these little things add up to a clean home, with very little effort.
3. Be Aware of the Weather
While weather forecasts are never 100% accurate, they can give you a general idea of what tasks you can do on which days. If you need to vacuum, pick a day where the temperature isn’t scorching hot outside. The same goes for any household chore, really. By keeping an eye on the weather, you can usually plan ahead, saving time and energy.
4. The 5-Minute Pickup
No one likes to expend a lot of energy when it’s hot out, so set a timer for five minutes, and do as much as you can in that time decluttering things. You’ll be surprised by how much you can get done, including putting away dishes, making sure the bathroom is organized, tossing a load of laundry in the wash, or giving things a quick sweep. Do this a couple of times a day (or more if you’d like), and by cleaning in short bursts you won’t feel the heat as much.
5. Get Some Help
If you’ve got kids, get them to help you out by assigning everyone certain chores to do throughout the week. This will take some of the pressure off you, and your home will still be clean.
If you don’t have kids, and it’s just too frickin’ hot to clean anything, consider hiring someone (like us!) to come in and clean for you while you scamper off to the pool for a nice, cool dip. This way your home will get the cleaning it needs, and you don’t have to lift a finger.
There you have it…5 tips, and 5 easy ways to help keep your home looking great this year while steering clear of exhausting all your efforts.
Like we said, no one likes cleaning when it’s hot outside, but it has to get done. Be sure to stay hydrated while you’re at it, and don’t push yourself too hard, otherwise you could do your home more harm than good if you get sick.
Until next week, Moppers. Stay safe, and stay clean!