As if you need one more thing to add to your ‘Back to School To Do List’, here I am suggesting you do a deep clean. Believe me, I’m in your camp when it comes to keeping this time of year as simple and easy as possible. I’m not one to take on more work than necessary, but I have found a good cleaning makes a huge difference when it comes to getting ready for back to school. A new school year is a routine shift for everyone. For us, it typically takes a few weeks to get into the swing of things. Couple this with a house that feels out of order and it can really make you feel overwhelmed.
Now I’m not suggesting you go into full spring cleaning mode with this (certainly bonus points if you do). Rather, focus on the key areas that are high-traffic and most affected by your weekly school routine. For us this is our kitchen, main bathroom, laundry area, children’s bedrooms and playroom. Okay, so it is sort of a lot. But bare with me, it is not nearly as overwhelming as it might seem and certainly manageable with proper planning.
Still with me?
Whichever is easiest for you, dedicate a whole day to your list or, as you’re able, slowly check things off. Consider having your children help out where they can. By having your kids pitch in, this will also assist them with the transition from summer to school (plus, make lighter work for you - win/win)!
BACK TO SCHOOL CLEANING LIST
Clean out general mess
Set up for school (desk area, bookshelf, closet/dresser)
Declutter toys and books
Launder all bedding/pillows
Tidy up laundry area
Ensure everyone has a laundry hamper and is familiar with the laundry routine
Clean out fridge/freezer/pantry
Declutter plastic containers and school related kitchenware
Ensure functional organization for breakfast routine and school lunch/snack prep
Refresh first-aid supplies/toiletries
Launder shower curtains/bath mats
See, not that bad. Right? Knowing my house is tidy and set-up makes me feel ready for school to start. I’d love to know if you do a back to school clean and if you have anything on your list that I didn’t mention! If so, please share!