Organizing for a Easy Home Clean-up (organizecleanup)

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Organizing for a Easy Home Clean-up

Submitted by Lorene Bartos, UNL Extension Educator

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Summer is a busy time for families. It is a time for vacations, for afternoons at the pool or for evenings under the stars. But, as relaxed as summer sounds, it's a time when we're surrounded by stuff – sports stuff, pool stuff, picnic stuff, patio stuff. Keeping it all organized means we don't have to spend precious time looking for it, repairing it, or even replacing it. As we are involved in summer activities, if we follow these tips our summer will be less hectic around the home.

Store frequently used cleaning items in a bucket or other take-along container so you don't have to go hunting for them.

Evaluate the locations of your cleaning supplies. A duplicate set stored someplace near the grill, on the patio, in the garage or the garden shed could make outdoor cleaning and entertaining a whole lot easier. If there are pets and small children around, be sure these supplies are stored securely and out of their reach.

Take stock of your refrigerator and make it safe for summer snacking. Throw out anything old or unidentifiable. Check the expiration dates on ketchup, salad dressing and other condiments.

Sort and store things not used in the summer months. This could include school supplies, winter sports gear, scarves and jackets cluttering the back hall.

A small, hand-held cordless vacuum makes quick pickup a snap. It's especially easy to use outdoors on decks, patios and balconies.

Constant in-and-out traffic can be hard on floors and carpets. Throw rugs in high traffic areas will make quick cleaning as easy as shaking out a rug.

Keep a steady supply of hand soap at every sink. Keep hand wipes and hand sanitizers in outdoor entertainment locations. Encourage your family to clean their hands regularly.

* Plan a yard sale. Encourage your kids to sort out and contribute unwanted stuff. Letting them share in the proceeds can be a great motivator.

* Remind family members to put items they use back in their place after use.

Take time to enjoy summer by being organized and following steps to make work around the home easier for everyone.

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