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5 Back to School Cleaning Tips & Other Tricks for Parents

August is approaching us. This means that the kids are heading back to school soon! This is bittersweet for most parents. It is exciting and slightly relieving that our little ones are taking the next step in their educational journey and will not be running around the house all day. However, it can also be a bit stressful and anxiety-inducing to make sure your student is set up for success. Whether you’re helping your children pack their bags or preparing to drive them to school, this can be a stressful time of year with lots of logistics to take care of and emotions to manage. Instead of just managing your chores and work schedule, you also have to make sure your child is where they need to be, fed, and prepared – and don’t forget the homework gets done! Here are 5 tips to help you make this transition as smooth as possible for both you and your kids.

1. Use a Calendar

A traditional calendar is always great, but what’s even better is a digital one. With Google Calendar and several other family calendar apps, you can sync calendars, color code them by person and event, and so on! This is a great way to make sure everyone has all of their priorities set for the week. It allows kids to practice good habits of planning ahead, and it also allows parents to plan based on both of their schedules. This is a great way to make sure you don’t miss picture day and parent-teacher conferences, or even things you do for yourself, like that workout class. Furthermore, you and your spouse can easily balance picking up the kids from school and practices once work schedules are imported into the calendar. Use a calendar and keep maintaining it – it will work wonders for communication and punctuality in your household!

2. Organize School Supplies

“Mom – where’s my…” Yup, we’ve all heard it. A great way to ensure your kids have all their school supplies and know where to find them is prioritizing organization. First, clean out last year’s backpack and pencil pouch to salvage any supplies that can be reused. Double-check your storage and see what you already have at home. Finally, go school supply shopping and make sure to invest in organizing materials. Get an accordion folder for homework. Get a pencil pouch with multiple packets. Get some desk organizers for home. These items will help your student find what they need, and essentially help you do the same!

3. Laundry Hacks

Laundry. Sigh. Loads of laundry, loads of new clothes for back to school. Make sure to double-check for stains from lunch or art and crafts time at school. Here is a great recipe for DIY stain remover: Mix one part Dawn with two parts peroxide in your chosen container. Then add 1 to 2 tablespoons of baking soda to make a paste. Add more baking soda if too watery, and more peroxide if too thick. There you have it! This can be applied to the clothing using an old toothbrush. Let sit, then wash after 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the fabric of your clothing item and how bad the stain is.

We also recommend investing in Tide Instant Stain Remover Sticks! If your children are younger, this is a must-have for car rides to school and anywhere else – honestly. But if your children are older, this is a great thing to put in their backpack and let them use as needed.

4. Meal Prep

If you’re like us and want to have as much preparation beforehand as possible, meal prepping may work well for you! Think of recipes, grocery shop, cook, and refrigerate or freeze during weekends when you have more time. In fact, there’s no reason why meal prep can’t happen in late summer so that when your child returns home after their first day of school you can simply reheat a homemade meal versus resorting to frozen dinners or takeout.
It will be one less thing for you and your family to worry about as everyone re-adjusts from long days at work or school. Another reason that grocery shopping is so much easier is when everything on your list is spelled out in advance. This way, you’ll be able to spend less time planning meals, grocery shopping, cooking, and so on during the week. Meal prepping will allow you to focus on your student and your daily routine together on weekdays instead.

5. Explore Together

Instead of worrying about how your kids will handle their new responsibilities, stress levels, and independence, let them help you explore what’s new. Whether it’s your neighborhood or a new school and friends, kids thrive on being involved in decisions that affect them. Get your kids’ input on school schedules, friends, and even favorite foods. When you’re involved in these choices with your kids, they’ll feel like they have some control over their world during an otherwise chaotic time – and they may also be more open to trying new things. You’ll also get a firsthand look at how well prepared your child is for each stage of his or her educational journey. For example: Are there any extracurricular activities he or she may want to consider joining? Any clubs and organizations? These will help develop your child and their passions.

Don’t forget to breathe and take some time for yourself when you need it. Treat yourself to a spa day or a hike. Just do something you enjoy by yourself or even have a date night with your spouse after hiring a sitter. It is important to slow down and cherish little moments throughout even the busiest of weeks!

6. Bonus: Contact Us

With school starting back up soon, you might be feeling overwhelmed by the prospect of all the cleaning and organizing you have to do to get your child’s room and routine ready for the new school year. However, you don’t have to feel overwhelmed! Just give us a call at 404-920-8551 or email us at Hello@CardinalCleaning.com for a free quote.

Cardinal Cleaning values consistent, quality service and trustworthy business practices. Our cleaners use these hacks, and several others, to ensure your home is as clean as can be. If you are in need of a cleaning service that provides consistent quality and service, give us a call to meet face-to-face so that we can make a noticeable difference in your home. We would love to do the cleaning for you so you have more time to do what you love. Like we say, cleaning is for the birds!

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5 Cleaning Tips and Tricks Every Parent Needs to Know This Summer

Cleaning can seem like a never-ending task, especially when you have little ones at home who make messes almost as fast as you can clean them up. Here at Cardinal Cleaning, we love our parents and know that parenting takes hard work and dedication. So, we wanted to share some helpful little shortcuts here and there to make your life easier. Here are 5 cleaning tips every parent needs to know this summer to keep the house sparkling clean without sacrificing your sanity.

1.) Using Baskets and Organizers

Using baskets and drawers to organize toys and other belongings makes it both easy and accessible for children to play, but also put away. You can use any extra baskets you have laying around that are kid-friendly. If you are looking to make a long-term investment in baskets or bins, we have linked our Amazon favorites.

Keeping toys in organized baskets and bins can help keep your kids’ rooms clean, as well as allow them to pick up after themselves easily. They will be able to find their favorite toys on their own, which means less frustration when they want something they can’t find. If you have younger children or toddlers, it’s best to stay away from plastic containers and stick with soft-material baskets or cloth bags so you’re not worried about your little one chewing on it. Finally, another advantage of storing toys in organized containers is that it makes cleaning up after playtime a breeze! Cars go here, blocks go here, dolls go here, and so on.

2.) Washing Up Toys & Stuffed Animals

After spending time in a sandbox or playing outside, your child’s toys are bound to get dirty. An easy way to clean stuffed animals and other soft toys are by putting them in your washing machine on a cold, gentle cycle. You can also put them in a mesh washing bag or even a pillow case before you toss them into your washer. This will make the process more gentle and preserving.

Other well-loved toys, even plastics, and other materials, also need to be sanitized every once in a while. Use a laundry bag to machine wash toys like lego bricks, stuffed animals, and more that may be collecting dust. Some toys can even be washed in the dishwasher. Just be sure to double-check the materials of the toys to determine the most appropriate method of cleaning them. We wouldn’t want anything melting in the machines!

3.) Disposable Dishes & Utensils

Stock up on disposable plates, bowls, cups, and utensils. A good way to purchase these in bulk is through your local warehouse-style store: Costo, Sam’s Club, BJ’s, and so on. Using these disposable dishes and utensils will reduce time spent on doing dishes and putting them away in the proper places afterward. This is great for the summer, when your kids are home for all of their meals, or even when you’re facing a busy season at work.

You will be saving water resources by not having to run the dishwasher. Still, make sure you are being as sustainable as possible and look for disposables made out of recycled materials or natural, compostable alternatives.

4.) Reusable Wash Cloths and Napkins

If your family is anything like ours, we go through Bounty rolls and paper napkins so fast – too fast. Instead, invest in reusable wash cloths and napkins to save on expenses, and also save the environment. These reusable items will be accessible, easy to use, and used for a long time. You kids are never too old to make spills and leave behind crumbs.

You can find reusable wash clothes anywhere – even in your local dollar store. However, if you are making a long-term investment and hope to continue to keep using the clothes, we recommend an alternative that is higher quality. Microfiber washcloths are great in this case. Also, companies are revolutionizing to create reusable cloth napkins that are thin and come off of a roll, just like Bounty. Check it out!

5.) Encouraging and Incentivizing Clean-Up Time

Switching up the cleaning regime to be a little more fun is always encouraging, especially for children. By putting on a clean-up song or cleaning up together as a family, clean-up time can be as fun as playtime! Use your children’s favorite song or find a special cleaning song. You can even put on a Disney playlist, radio hits, or whatever gets the crew excited. Some families even recommend the five-minute cleaning hack. Here, they use a five-minute timer to see how much they can all get done together before the timer goes off.

Finally, encourage your children to clean up after themselves by assigning chores with clear time deadlines. You can even offer incentives using a sticker chart or chore tracker. After a certain amount of chores are completed, or a certain amount of days of a clean room, reward your child. Allow them to pick out a new toy or go out for ice cream! This will teach responsibility and develop habits of cleaning, which make your life easier in the long run.

6.) Bonus – Contact Us!

Cardinal Cleaning values consistent, quality service and trustworthy business practices. Our cleaners use these hacks, and several others, to ensure your home is as clean as can be. You can rest assured knowing that your home will be taken care of well with us. Furthermore, we use products with minimal chemicals to avoid triggering allergic reactions or other irritations for your kids and pets.

If you are in need of a cleaning service that provides consistent quality and service, give us a call to meet face-to-face so that we can make a noticeable difference in your home. Call us at 404-920-8551 or email us at info@CardinalCleaning.biz for a free quote, or just to chat about our services! We would love to do the cleaning for you so you have more time to do what you love. Like we say, cleaning is for the birds!