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We are now fully emerged in the National Football League (NFL) Season. While this may mean absolutely nothing for some of you, however for others this may mean that your home has become centered on this season. No longer are games just for Sunday, they have cleverly extended them to every Thursday now as well, making your hectic cleaning schedule during the week with Monday night football even more unattainable! They have made a fantasy league for every person, place and thing on this planet to be involved with and smartphones and Wi-Fi access make this so addicting that we are almost overtaken by this 16 week season.
You will be having a lot more friends over. This means entertaining and feeding them which will be leading to bigger messes and less time for clean up! If your household is like mine your husband, boyfriend or significant other may be making a bigger mess for you as well and using football season and the events that come with it, as described above, as an excuse to why they may not be able to keep up with the house chores as much either. Here are 3 easy ways to keep the house clean and fresh!
1. Make your own Time Out Pail
Source your favorite supplies in a small bucket or caddy, add some microfiber cleaning cloths. Next time there is a time out, or holding penalty (which is all the time) or you have fifteen minutes before those unexpected friends decided to show up, grab your Time Out Pail and clean the worst offender. Someone’s dropping by in an hour? No need to panic, grab your kit (everything’s where you need it) and do a little incomplete pass quick clean. Here are a few simple items to keep in your pail:
All-purpose spray cleaner
(Make sure this is certified GREEN or organic)
Microfiber cleaning cloths
Window/mirror cleaning cloth
2. Clean while you Cook
Sometimes, if you are in a similar marriage or relationship to mine, there is one organized cook and one that cooks like the Tasmanian devil. I will refrain from saying which is which. This is what we are trying to avoid this football season! Since football and food go hand in hand it is important to keep cleaning as we go to keep your kitchen area always sparkling. Usually clutter and debris accumulate when cooking many dishes and not cleaning while cooking. It is good to be well organized from the beginning and multi-tasking is key! First, have at hand all the necessary ingredients. This way you aren't digging around with your dirty hands through your cabinets for anything last minute. Before starting measure your needed amount of ingredients. Reuse your bowls if you can! Even if you have to wash one, quickly wash it and then reuse it! Wash your dishware and cookware as you are finished with them! This will prevent buildup of dirty dishes around you and clutter! Or place them in the dishwasher. Now you have open counter tops and you can quickly spray them down and give them a quick wipe and your empty sink a quick spray and wipe. Everything is sparkly clean like before you started!
3. Vacuum Halftime Show
Nothing compliments finger foods and all those bite size hors d'oeuvres and chips better than the crumbs that they have been making the whole time while everyone has been chatting away and cheering on their teams. A great thing to do at halftime while your family is refilling their drinks or taking a bathroom break, is to grab the vacuum and make some of those amazing looking tracks in your carpet or get the crumbs up off your hardwood. This will leave a nice fresh look for after halftime and will take less than 5 minutes and then back to the game! It feels great to have a nice clean kitchen and a fresh vacuumed floor and this was basically effortless! Hopefully your team gets the 'W' as well! If you keep up with these easy tasks your house will be clean and flawless this football season!