Parents rejoice – school is back in session. That means the kids will be away from the house most of the day. With the beginning of a new school year, comes the end of wondering how to keep the kids busy, fed and out of mischief. It is also a time of year when we may wince at the thought of them trudging back and forth to school and the dirt they will inevitably track in. Don’t stress! You can still keep the house clean with little to no added effort.
Keep reading to find out how you can stop dirt in its tracks.
Leave Shoes at the Door
Most of the dirt in your home comes from outside, with a good portion of it tracked in on your children’s shoes; even if they’ve wiped their feet at the door. To minimize the dirt that’s dragged in from everywhere your child has been that day, place a shoe organizer or tray by the front door or garage door, and instruct them to leave their shoes there. If it was worn outside, it should stay outside! You can pick up a shoe organizer or tray at virtually any big box retailer or home improvement store.
Don’t Underestimate Doormats
Ideally your home should have doormats stationed at every entrance and exit. The mats should be as wide as the door’s width and long enough to cover the length of a child’s stride. Doormats can help preserve the lifespan of your flooring. When selecting an outdoor mat, choose a durable material like rubber or coir, which will stand up to seasonal changes. Remember to teach your school aged children to wipe their feet before entering the house to safeguard your flooring.
Vacuum Regularly (perfect chore for kids)
Vacuum regularly and you’ll be able to trap all of the dirt, dust, and particulates your kids and pets track in. When you vacuum once a week – especially with school back in session – you can extend the life of your carpet. It’s a win, win! Can your kids benefit from some responsibility? Assign them a weekly vacuuming chore. For your hard floors, sweep and mop once per week, or as needed. Use high filtration vacuum bags to enhance the collection of dirt and debris.